Most Central Florida area residents understand the importance of driving safely. Unfortunately, there are circumstances when a driver makes a bad decision. Sometimes these decisions lead to a person suffering serious consequences, like being arrested for a DUI.

A Panama City teacher was recently arrested for a DUI. The 9th grade English teacher was detained at a bar and refused to take a breathalyzer test. She was taken to a local hospital where she hit a nurse multiple times. The woman has been charged with DUI and assault and placed on paid administrative leave by the school district.

Everyone makes a mistake sometime, but these mistakes can be costly. A DUI, whether it’s a person’s first or multiple, can lead to thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, a license suspension and a ruined personal and professional reputation. Someone who has been arrested for a DUI should understand these consequences and contact an attorney who specializes in criminal defense.

An attorney understands that their client is feeling scared about what their future may hold and will work diligently to make sure their side of the story is heard. They understand the challenges they will face during the process and will defend their client and their keep their best interests in mind. They can help their client retain their freedom so that their life isn’t disrupted.

A Florida resident who has been arrested for a DUI has a lot to lose. The consequences of a DUI conviction can last for years which is why it is important for a person to hire an attorney who can defend their legal rights.