If you have been charged with a DUI in the state of Florida, you may be very concerned about what the future holds and how sentencing will negatively affect the rest of your life, should you be found guilty. There are many reasons why you may dread the idea of an ignition interlock device being installed within your vehicle per court order, perhaps because it is embarrassing and in essence a Scarlet Letter.
When you are charged with a crime, you have one of two pretty standard defenses. The first is that you are innocent of the crime. The second is that you did do the crime but for one reason or another, you should not be held accountable in a criminal sense.
Facing criminal charges can be stressful and overwhelming, particularly if it is your first experience in the criminal court system. However, being charged doesn't always have to mean a conviction. A diversion program may be an option for you if you are a first-time offender facing misdemeanor charges related to drug and/or alcohol abuse. These programs allow you to complete a certain set of requirements set forth by the courts, and once you have met these, the charge will be dismissed.
There are likely few of us who consider ourselves violent people. However, when push comes to shove and shove leads to charges, we may find ourselves facing a long-lasting mark on our records as a violent criminal. This is where having an advocate that knows the court system and prosecutors you are contending with can be invaluable. You will need the judge to see that you aren't a walking time bomb or a menace to society, you were merely put in a situation where you were compelled to physically take a stand against a threat to yourself or someone else.