Anyone who is pulled over for a suspected DUI can easily get overwhelmed and allow the situation to escalate. This should be avoided at all costs because of the possible criminal consequences of the DUI. At the scene, you will likely be questioned, handcuffed and taken down to the station if you have been arrested for DUI. The police will then ask you to take a breathalyzer test. If you refuse the test, you may have your license automatically suspended based on the laws in Florida.
If it is determined that you are eligible for an arrest at that time, you will be put into the drunk tank where you will sit for several hours with anyone else who was arrested that night. They will also take your mugshot which will immediately go into the records.
You will most likely be requested to change into prison gear at this time and taken to general population and the officers may ask whether or not you have a public defender. You should be allowed to make a phone call which should be to anyone who may be able to post bail for you. At some point during all this, you will appear in front of a judge who will set your bail on a future court date. It is important to hire a lawyer immediately if you have already been accused of DUI in Florida. A lawyer who has helped many other people get out of these unfortunate situations is strongly recommended because your reputation and your freedom is on the line.
The support of a dedicated lawyer will have a big impact on your eligibility to fight back against these charges and avoid many of the most common missteps that people often make when trying to represent themselves or working directly with a public defender who does not always have your best interests or the focus necessary to protect your concerns when you have been accused.