Martin Vermaak Attorneys can assist you if you have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. We represent Clients throughout South Africa, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and we are ready to help you.
Getting arrested for a DUI is a traumatic experience, and it can have long-lasting consequences for you and your family. Most people getting arrested for drunken driving has never had anything to do with the Police, and they are naturally frightened of the Police and the process.
Getting locked up in a cell with dangerous criminals will give you nightmares for a long time after the arrest. Even if you are alone in a holding cell, you will only have one thing on your mind, and that is to get bail as soon as possible.
We can assist you with your bail application whether it is an after-hours bail application or alternatively, we can help you after you have been released on bail.
Once you have been released on bail, you need to consider the next step. We can assist you by making representations to the Prosecutors or by arranging for Diversion to take place. Should this be unsuccessful, or it is decided not to go this route, we will assist you with your trial preparation and actual trial.
If you are convicted for drunken driving, you can be sentenced for up to 6 years’ imprisonment or a R120 000 fine.
In 2018, Magistrate Phumlani Bhengu sentenced Hillcrest personal trainer Stephan Bothma to three years imprisonment in terms of legislation which specifies that he must serve one-sixth – six months – behind bars, and the balance under house arrest. He was also fined R10 000 or 10 months, half of which was suspended. (News24.com)
We can assist you with your legal defence on charges of drunken driving, and there are various ways for us to ensure that you are treated as envisioned in the South African Constitution by protecting your rights. There are various drunken driving defences available to you, which should be considered if you are arrested for a DUI.