I guess we will have to wait until December to see. I am still trying to find out if I can vote for myself
Hollywood, FL (Vocus) September 7, 2010
DUI attorney Randy Goodis, once again has been nominated in the South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Up and Comer. This is the fourth consecutive year Mr. Goodis has earned this honor. When asked how he felt to be given this prestigious title, Mr. Goodis replied, “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my colleagues in such a competitive field. This is especially satisfying knowing that these honors are bestowed upon lawyers by their peers. From what I am told about this publication, you can only be nominated by the other top lawyers in South Florida. So I am being judged by the best of the best and it is nice to know that they feel I am worthy of being among them.”
Mr. Goodis grew up on Miami Beach. He attended high school at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale where he played on the varsity tennis and football teams and graduated as a member of the 1986 class. He then went to Boston University, graduating with his major in Broadcast Journalism in 1990. He then attended the University of Miami Law School and graduated in 1993. Wanting to get trial experience, Mr. Goodis joined the Public Defender’s Office in Seminole County Florida. During his time there, he never lost a trial. His next endeavor took his fort five miles west on I-4 to Orlando, Florida where he starred as a young Assistant State Attorney in the DUI division. After six months in downtown Orlando fighting crime, he was promoted to run the Osceola County DUI Division. “Those are the days I look back on fondly”, Mr. Goodis reminisces. He then moved back to South Florida, and shortly after became a named partner in a boutique DUI law firm. After seven years, he opened up his own criminal firm. This south florida DUI attorney has been flourishing in his practice since 2004.
Mr. Goodis travels the state representing those who have been charged with crimes ranging from DUI to manslaughter. He is the DUI attorney Miami has gotten to know. Mr. Goodis has represented high profile defendants, including athletes from the NFL, NHL and various universities. One of his most memorable clients was a reality tv star that found himself in need of a DUI lawyer Miami trusts. Mr. Goodis also concentrates his practice in Fort Lauderdale and is known as a premier Broward County DUI lawyer. He has been practicing in Broward County for the past sixteen years and is familiar with the inner workings of the local system. Mr. Goodis prides himself in being a DUI attorney Florida defendants should contact when they are facing lengthy jail sentences, thousands of dollars in fines, numerous years of probation, endless classes, and a criminal record.
In the DUI filed, many people ask Mr. Goodis what to do after an arrest. Florida has some of the harshest DUI penalties in America, and that is why Mr. Goodis says it needs to be your number one priority to obtain experienced counsel who specialize in the DUI field. After being arrested, Florida DUI laws call for immediate suspension of the driver’s license of the person who was arrested. This person must immediately hire a lawyer to file for a formal review of their driving privileges. As long as the license was valid prior to the arrest, they will be allowed to drive with the DUI citation serving as their license for ten days. This ten day license is equivalent to the normal driver’s license and does not carry any restrictions. Once the attorney files for the formal review, they will obtain a temporary driver’s license that will be valid until the date of the formal review hearing. This hearing must be held within thirty days of the filing date. Mr. Goodis personally uses this thirty day window to review the probable cause affidavit and any other discovery involved to make a determination whether or not subpoenas should be issued for the officers involved in the arrest. Mr. Goodis will order the 911 tapes and any videos involving driving patterns and field sobriety exercises. If the attorney wins this hearing, the driving privileges of the defendant are reinstated as if this never happened until the criminal case is decided. If the hearing is lost, the defendant will not be able to drive on a first DUI in which a breath test was taken for thirty days. This is considered hard time. Once this time is completed, they may obtain a hardship license for the balance of six months. If the defendant refuses the breath test, the hard time will be ninety days and the hardship period will be for one year.
Attorney Goodis knows that he is at the cut off age for being a Top Up and Comer in this prestigious publication. If he is chosen by his peers again, he will be listed in the Top Lawyers in South Florida category. When asked if he thinks he will be nominated to be part of this select group of lawyers he said, “I guess we will have to wait until December to see. I am still trying to find out if I can vote for myself”, he says jokingly.