Bryce Fetter is an experienced DUI lawyer and former DUI prosecutor who defends all Orange County and Seminole County DUI charges. We have handled thousands of DUI cases. Our my mission is to provide you the highest quality DUI defense possible. We believe in hard work, personalized representation and doing whatever is necessary to avoid a DUI conviction.
Defending Your DUI Case
Every DUI case is different. Our goals are to review the facts of your case to:
- Determine the existence of favorable evidence;
- Find flaws in the police officer’s DUI investigation, and
- Determine what needs to be done to avoid a DUI conviction.
Call Bryce Fetter for a free DUI consultation. In addition to keeping normal business hours our office is open every Saturday. Call our office to speak directly with an experienced DUI lawyer in Winter Park, Fla. regarding your DUI arrest.
Getting Your Driver’s License Back
If you have been arrested for DUI, you have 10 days to preserve your driving privileges. You must act quickly or face mandatory “hard-time” (no driving whatsoever). If your license has not previously been suspended for an alcohol-related offense, then you may benefit from a new law (effective July 1, 2013) that will allow you to immediately reinstate your driving privileges to business purposes only status. You must (1) sign up for the appropriate level DUI school, (2) be ID compliant (verify citizenship and residency requirements to DMV), (3) not hold a commercial driver’s license and (4) file a Request for Eligibility Review at the appropriate DMV office, all within 10 days following the date of your DUI arrest. This will enable you to immediately apply for a hardship hearing, reinstate your driver’s license and avoid any “hard-time.” There is a lot to do in a little amount of time. Call our DUI law firm and let us guide you through this new process and help you reinstate your driver’s license today.
Representing You in Court
Your first court appearance is called an arraignment. This is where you will formally enter a plea to your DUI charge. If you retain us prior to your arraignment then we will enter a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ on your behalf and excuse your appearance at arraignment. We will collect all of the evidence in your case including police reports, witness lists, witness statements and all video evidence. We will thoroughly examine all evidence to uncover flaws in the State’s case. This includes challenging the reason that you were stopped, the police officer’s observations and the administration of field sobriety exercises. Our goal is to do whatever necessary to avoid a DUI conviction.
The Most Important Part of Any DUI Case: Why Were You Stopped?
All evidence including police office observations, field sobriety exercises and breath test results obtained after an unlawful stop and detention can be suppressed and excluded as evidence in your DUI case. The constitution guarantees that people be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. This includes bad traffic stops and illegal arrests. It is important for you to know if any of your constitutional rights have been violated. The police must be able to demonstrate a lawful basis to stop and detain you to conduct a DUI investigation. Important questions to be asked in any DUI case are:
- Were you stopped and detained for a lawful reason?
- Did the police officer have the right to administer field sobriety exercises?
- Did you consent to a search of your person, property or vehicle?
- Were you read your Miranda rights?
- Were any of your statements illegally obtained?
Florida DUI Penalties, High Risk DUI Insurance & Interlock Device
Florida Statute 316.193 sets forth the minimum and maximum penalties for the offense of DUI. Mandatory DUI penalties include loss of driving privileges, FR-44 high-risk car insurance, the interlock device, community service, vehicle impoundment or immobilization, DUI fines, court costs, costs of prosecution and costs of investigation. Total costs can far exceed $10,000 when higher insurance premiums are calculated in. DUI penalties increase based on aggravating factors including high breath test results, property damage, personal injury or the presence of a minor in the vehicle. Your prior record can also increase mandatory minimum penalties as second and subsequent offenders face increased jail time, a longer driver’s license suspension, a mandatory interlock device and a DUI fine of up to $5,000.
Discussing Your Legal Options
At a free consultation, we can consider whether the following options may be available, depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case:
- Dismissing the Charge: We can apply for your participation in a DUI pretrial diversion program. Your successful completion of the program will result in a dismissal of your DUI charges.
- Avoiding a DUI Conviction: We can negotiate with the prosecutor in an effort to resolve your case without a DUI conviction. Avoiding a DUI conviction will avoid mandatory penalties including a court-ordered mandatory driver license revocation, high risk FR-44 auto insurance and interlock device.
- Seeking a Lenient Sentence: We can present the court with background information and mitigating evidence that may result in a more lenient sanctions.
- Sealing Your Records: After your case is resolved, we can petition the court to seal or expunge all of the criminal arrest reports and court records relating to your DUI arrest and prosecution. This would require the clerk to destroy your court file and give you the legal right to truthfully state (with a few limited exceptions) that you had not been arrested or charged with the crime.
Personal Attention Given to You and Your DUI Case
When you call our DUI law firm, you will speak with Bryce Fetter. Bryce Fetter will answer your call, 24/7, 365 days a year. Additionally, once retained, you have access to your criminal defense lawyer 24/7 as every client has Bryce Fetter’s personal cell phone number. Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly and your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney or case manager. Bryce Fetter is the only attorney that will speak to you on the phone, meet you in person and attend court with you. Your DUI case will get his full attention.
Call an Orange County DUI Lawyer to Discuss Your Options
In addition to keeping normal business hours, our office is open every Saturday. Call our Orange County DUI law firm to speak directly with an experienced DUI lawyer in Winter Park, Florida regarding any Orange County, Florida or Seminole County, Florida DUI case.