If you were arrested for a DUI with damage to property or another person in South Florida Florida, you may find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what the next best step is. 

Do you find your own DUI lawyer in Fort Lauderdale? Do you stick with the public defender who was appointed to you? What are you supposed to do next? 

We know that facing a criminal Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can be scary, nerve-wracking, and worrisome. We’re here to help. Rossen Law Firm works tirelessly to help walk you through the criminal justice process, while also fighting for the best possible outcome in your case. We know that sometimes, bad things happen to good people. We’ve got your back. Young woman sitting by car

What is a DUI with Damage to Property or Another Person?

Glass of whiskey and pills on a tableDUI stands for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. Under Florida Law, a DUI is proved by a person’s “normal faculties” being impaired or if a person has an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level. 

DUI with damage or property to another person includes the above description but also includes damage to another person’s property, the government’s property, or bodily injuries to someone that are not considered “serious”. For example, this could include driving into a stop sign (government’s property) or driving into someone’s mailbox (person’s personal property), or even running someone’s foot over and breaking a few of their toes (bodily injury to another person that is not considered “serious”).


Being arrested for DUI with damage to property or another person is a serious charge and not something to be taken lightly. Regardless of whether you caused a lot of damage, being arrested and charged with a crime threatens your life, freedoms, and could even affect your career. DUI with damage to property or another person is a first-degree misdemeanor. Which means that you could be facing up to a year in prison AND fines, court costs, restitution, and more. 

If, for example, you drove into a stranger’s garage door and were arrested, you could very likely be facing a year in prison and thousands of dollars in restitution. On the other hand, if you sideswiped a stop sign and got pulled over and arrested, you could be facing a smaller sentence and possibly no restitution. The issue with being charged with DUI with damage to property or another person is that even if no one was really hurt or no property was badly damaged, you’re still getting charged with a DUI at the minimum. That’s why you need someone good to fight your case – especially since a conviction could affect your driver’s license and career.


A lot of people facing their first arrest or first-time DUI think that they may not need a lawyer because their case is pretty cut-and-dry. While you may think this, we can almost guarantee that the State prosecutors will make it complicated. The best thing that you can do for yourself is hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to get the best-case scenario for your charges. You don’t want to run the risk of not knowing what’s going on with your case or even falling through the cracks of the system. 

Our attorneys, Adam and Manny, analyze every possible angle for your case. We depose officers to hammer answers out of them that we can use to our advantage. We keep in close touch with the Assistant State Attorney handling your case to negotiate the best possible plea deal we can get for you. Most importantly, we keep the lines of communication with our clients wide open to make sure they know exactly what’s going on with their case, what our next step is, and what arguments we can make to get the best resolution possible. 

Rossen Law Firm has years of experience with DUI and specialized DUI crimes in Fort Lauderdale. We know the police officers and prosecutors that are charging you – and we use our connections to do what’s best for our clients. 

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  • Valid explanations for your appearance or behavior: Maybe you have a medical condition that makes your eyes watery and bloodshot. You might be able to provide an explanation as to what happened at the time you were arrested – for example, maybe you were admittedly driving and changing the song on your phone and that’s why you drove into the stop sign. It doesn’t mean you were driving under the influence, just that you’re human.
  • Improper Stop: This is the defense we use for a lot of our cases. Our arguments are typically that the police did not have sufficient reasonable suspicion or probable cause to pull you over to begin with, which leads to us filing a Motion to Dismiss to get the entire case thrown out. 

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If you’ve been arrested or charged with DUI with damage to property or another person in Fort Lauderdale, please don’t hesitate to call us today. Follow this analogy for a moment: if you own a queen-sized bed, you’re not going to buy “One Size Fits All” sheets — that would be ridiculous. You’re going to buy a set of sheets that are specifically designed to fit your needs with a queen-sized bed. 

Why should hiring a criminal defense attorney be any different? You need a specialized, experienced DUI defense attorney to fight any DUI charge, and not every criminal defense attorney knows what they’re doing when it comes to a DUI case. To talk with our experienced DUI criminal defense attorneys, call us today to schedule a FREE STRATEGY SESSION to see what we can do for you and your charges. 


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