People make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes involve getting behind the wheel of a car after one has been drinking. If you are convicted of a DUI or DWI then you will face jail time, fines, a criminal record, and the suspension of your license. A DUI conviction may also make it difficult to obtain or maintain employment and housing. Further, those who have DUI’s on their record are typically charged higher rates for their auto insurance. If you have been arrested then it is crucial that you contact an attorney immediately to ensure that your rights will be protected. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer handling such matters. Contact our office today if you need assistance.
Criminal defense lawyer assisting Panama City residents charged with driving under the influence
A DUI or DWI can have serious consequences. Depending on the circumstances, this offense can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. A first time DUI offender will typically face misdemeanor charges. The penalties for such an offense include a sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. However, if the defendant’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was over a certain level, or if someone was injured, then the defendant may be charged with a felony. Felony charges will also be brought if one is arrested for a third DUI within a ten year time frame. Such repeat offenders can face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
DUI cases will begin with the defendant entering a “not guilty” plea. A trial date will be set. It is possible to defend against such charges by showing that police did not have “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity which justified stopping the defendant’s vehicle. It may also be possible to show that a breathalyzer test was not properly administered or that blood evidence was not properly handled after it was collected. If such issues exist then it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then the defendant’s attorney will work to gain the best possible resolution. Cases which involve driving under the influence can be more complicated than many people realize. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney if you or a loved one have been arrested.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense lawyer who handles DUI cases. Once retained Omar will obtain all evidence which the prosecution is required to provide under the Brady decision. Such evidence will include the arrest reports as well as any blood or toxicology related evidence. If Omar believes that your rights were violated then he will file a Motion on Fourth Amendment grounds. If the stop of your vehicle is found to be constitutional then he will use other methods, such as possibly challenging the use of blood evidence, to mount a defense. Omar understands that impact that these charges can have on your life. If the matter is not dismissed then he will work to gain you the best resolution possible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Panama City defense lawyer providing representation to those charged with DUI or DWI
Omar is a lawyer who prides himself on personally handling the details of your case from beginning to end. Facing criminal charges is a serious issue and doing so is a stressful experience. The last thing a defendant needs to worry about is whether he or she will be able to get in contact with their attorney. Omar will promptly return your phone calls and messages. He will also keep you apprised of the status of your case. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or DWI contact our office today.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.