Florida Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys A-L
Attorney Offices by MunicipalityFlorida M-Z
- Altamonte Springs
- Apollo Beach
- Boca Raton
- Bonita Springs
- Vlachos, Carol*: A criminal charge can have serious consequences for your employment, your family, and your life. Each year penalties for a traffic ticket, DWI, DUI, or criminal charge get more severe. It is even more important to understand the full consequences that a criminal conviction has on your record.
- Lawson, Craig:
Criminal Defense Representation
Just because you’ve been charged with a crime doesn’t mean you’ve been tried and convicted! In many misdemeanor cases, an attorney can attend your court hearing without the need for you to be present.
- Carney, Lee:
Traffic Device Violation
Right of Way Violation
Improper Lane Change
Seat Belt Violation
Running a Red Light
FL Move Over Law
Habitual Traffic Offender
- Mourick, David :
- Roach, Phillip:
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- Gonzalez, Diane :
Choose a Criminal Attorney Wisely after Doing Your Research
When faced with the possibility of criminal charges and jail time, the selection of a competent, skilled attorney can mean the difference between freedom and years behind bars. The decision can have a direct effect on the outcome of your case. Therefore, it is imperative that you work with a firm that has experience and provides top-notch services to its clients. It is important for you and your loved ones that you do not wait to contact a criminal defense attorney. Your future depends upon it.
- Murray, Charles:
White Collar Crimes
Post Conviction Motions
State and Federal Appeals
Is it time for you to seek local representation regarding a criminal law matter?
- Boynton Beach
- Lawson, Craig: DUI and traffic offenses Drug offenses Possession Drug trafficking Felonies Battery Robbery / theft Murder Misdemeanors Shoplifting Fraud Burglary White collar crimes Sex offenses Juvenile cases
- Lansky & Courtney:
criminal charges, family law actions, personal injury claims, business law issues, estate planning and probate matters, animal court citations, and school board change of placement and expulsion proceedings
- Lansky Law Group:
WHEN YOU GET PULLED OVER
The laws surrounding DUIs are complicated and confusing. When you are stopped by the police, the stop could include a Breathalyzer™ exam, field sobriety test, or even a chemical test to obtain a blood-alcohol content that may be at or over the legal limit of 0.08%.
DON’T PLEAD GUILTY
If you get arrested or charged for a DUI, get the representation you need as soon as possible by contacting a lawyer who’s experienced in defending against DUI charges. At Lansky Law Group, we provide immediate, effective legal action that may help you keep your license and keep you out of jail. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you when you need it most. When it comes to providing a solid defense against a DUI, knowledge is power.
- Banter, Adam:
Driving Under the Influence
Brandon, Tampa, FishHawk DUI Attorney
An arrest on charges of Driving Under the Influence can subject a person to a bevy of sanctions, including loss of license, jail, probation, fines, classes, and other costs. An experienced DUI attorney can help minimize the impact of a DUI arrest on your life and career.
The penalties a person faces on a DUI charge are listed below:
DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances). Fla. Stat. s. 316.193
Driving Under the Influence can be proved by either: ()1 impairment of normal faculties or (2) unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
Fine Schedule (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b))
First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000.
Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000.
Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000.
Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not less than $2,000.
Community Service (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (6)(a))
First Conviction: Mandatory 50 hours of community service or additional fine of $10 for each hour of community service required.
Probation (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (5)(6))
First conviction: Total period of probation and incarceration may not exceed 1 year.
Imprisonment (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (2)(a) 2, 4(b), (6)(j))
At court's discretion, sentencing terms may be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward term of imprisonment.
First Conviction: Not more than 6 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 9 months.
Second Conviction: Not more than 9 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 12 months. If second conviction within 5 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.
Third Conviction: If third conviction within 10 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 30 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive. If third conviction more than 10 years, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.
Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not more than 5 years.
Impoundment of Immobilization of Vehicle (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (6))
Unless the family of the defendant has no other transportation: First conviction = 10 days; second conviction within 5 years = 30 days; third conviction within 10 years = 90 days. Impoundment or immobilization must not occur concurrently with incarceration. The court may dismiss the order of impoundment of any vehicles that are owned by the defendant if they are operated solely by the employees of the defendant or any business owned by the defendant.
DUI Misdemeanor Conviction with Accident Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (3))
Any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a First Degree Misdemeanor (not more than $1,000 fine or 1-year imprisonment).
DUI Felony Conviction (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (2),(3))
Any person convicted of a third DUI within 10 years or a fourth or subsequent DUI commits a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment).
Any person who causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence is guilty of a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment) or if habitual/violent felony offender as provided in s. 775.084, F.S.
Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 (3))
DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed
Driver License Revocation Periods for DUI (Fla. Stat. s. 322.271 and s. 322.28)
First Conviction: Minimum 180 days revocation, maximum 1 year.
Second Conviction Within 5 Years: Minimum 5 years revocation. May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 1 year. Other 2nd offenders same as First Conviction.
Third Conviction Within 10 Years of the second conviction: minimum 10 years revocation. May be eligible for a hardship reinstatement after two years.
Fourth Conviction, Regardless of When Prior Convictions Occurred and Murder with Motor Vehicle: Mandatory permanent revocation. No hardship reinstatement.
DUI Manslaughter: Mandatory permanent revocation. If no prior DUI related convictions, may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 5 years.
Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide Convictions: Minimum 3-year revocation. DUI Serious Bodily Injury having prior DUI conviction is same as "B-D" above.
DUI School Requirements (Fla. Stat. s. 316.193 s. 322.271, s. 322.291)
First Conviction: Must complete DUI school before hardship reinstatement. Drivers who wait out revocation period before reinstatement need only show proof of enrollment or completion to become re-licensed. If driver enrolls and is reinstated after revocation period expires, failure to complete the DUI school within 90 days after reinstatement will result in license cancellation; the driver cannot then be re-licensed until DUI school is completed.
Second Conviction in 5 Years (5-Year Revocation) or Third Conviction in 10 Years (10-Year Revocation): Driver must complete DUI school following conviction.
DUI Manslaughter With No Prior DUI Related Conviction: (Permanent Revocation): Must complete DUI school before hardship reinstatement.
Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide: (Minimum 3 year Revocation):
Chemical or Physical Test Provisions (Implied Consent Law) (Fla. Stat. s. 316.1932, s. 316.1933 s. 316.1934 s. 316.1939)
Refusal: Refusal to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test is admissible as evidence in DUI criminal proceedings. Second or subsequent refusal is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Driver License Suspension Periods
First refusal: suspended for 1 year.
Second or subsequent refusals: suspended for 18 months.
Forceful Withdrawal of Blood: If necessary, blood may be withdrawn in DUI cases involving serious bodily injury or death by authorized medical personnel with the use of reasonable force by the arresting officer, even if the driver refuses.
Unconscious: Any person who is incapable of refusal by reason of unconsciousness or other mental or physical condition shall be deemed not to have withdrawn his consent to such test. A blood test may be administered whether or not such person is told that his failure to submit to such a blood test will result in the suspension of his privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
Administrative Suspension Law (Fla. Stat. s. 322.2615 s. 316.193 s. 316.1932)
First Suspension for Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level (.08 or above): 6 months.
Second or Subsequent Suspensions for Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level (.08 or above): 1 year.
First Suspension for Refusal to Submit to Breath, Urine or Blood Test: 1 year.
Second or Subsequent Suspensions for Refusal: 18 months.
The suspension is effective immediately The officer will issue the driver a temporary permit valid for 10 days from the date of arrest, provided the driver is otherwise eligible.
- Lawler Firm: DUI and Traffic Offenses • Felonies and Misdemeanors • Driver License Suspension Matters • Drug Offenses • Probation Violations • Theft and Fraud Offenses, Worthless Checks, Shoplifting • Burglary, Arson, and Criminal Mischief • Crimes of Violence, Gun, and Weapons Charges • Sealing/Expunging Records • Prostitution, Solicitations, and Entertainer Violations Facing criminal charge is a serious matter which can have many negative consequences in your life.
- Ruppe Law:
City or County Ordinance Violations
Domestic Violence Cases
Assault & Battery
- Aulls, Ashley:
DUI, Boating DWI
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence you have several options and procedures that you need to consider in regard to your driver's license as well as the prosecution of your case. The ramifications and consequences of a DUI conviction are numerous. Speak to an experienced lawyer about the facts of your case. Find out your options.
- Morris Law Group: A drunk driving conviction in Florida is an incredibly serious matter. Even first-time offenders face jail time, driver's license suspension and considerable fines. If you have been charged with drinking and driving, an experienced and skilled attorney can effectively protect your rights and your freedom.
- Campbell, Kirk: * Sex Offenses * DUI/Traffic * Felonies * Misdemeanors * Drugs and Controlled Substances: o Possession o Trafficking o Sales * Domestic Violence * Battery * White Collar * Theft/Fraud
- Melton, Jason:
D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence) Florida Statute §316.193 [Misdemeanor/
Felony] To prove the crime of driving under the influence, the prosecutors
must prove the following two (2) elements beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) The
accused drove or was actual physical control of a vehicle. (2) While driving
or in actual physical control of the vehicle, the accused: a. [was under
the influence of (alcoholic beverages)(a chemical substance)(a controlled
substance) to the extent that (his)(her) normal faculties were impaired.]
or b. [had a (blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100
milliliters of blood)(breath alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of
alcohol per 210 liters of breath.)]
- Cape Coral
- Hausler, Justin :
Drug Crimes/Trafficking/Sale/Possession, Driving While license Suspended, Cancelled or Revoked (DWLS), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Sex Crimes, Homicide, Domestic Violence/Battery, Theft/Burglary/Fraud, Bond motions, First Appearance, Jail Consultations, Violation of Probation (VOP) and much more.
- Ruhl Law Group: What could be more terrifying than facing a federal or state charge for a criminal offense? When it happens, the discomfort of physical pain, hunger, or money loss rapidly pales in comparison. The idea of spending time in jail is unique. There is no other experience quite like the total loss of personal liberty. And the longevity of criminal records that seem to last an eternity makes criminal charges more difficult than other legal challenges for our clients.
- Mullins, Jessica: * Criminal Law Attorney * DUI Defense Attorney * Drug Crimes Attorney * Juvenile Crimes Attorney * Major/Minor Traffic Violations Attorney
- Peskin, Elizabeth :
Getting arrested can be life changing. Don’t go through it alone.
- Kerry Adkinson: DWI/DUI means "driving while intoxicated" or "driving while under the influence" and refers to the crime of drunk driving. This crime usually includes driving while abusing drugs and the operation of other kinds of motorized vehicles, such as boats. Drunk driving is defined by each state's criminal code.
- Coconut Creek
- Medgebow Law:
felony, misdemeanor and DUI criminal offenses
- Coconut Grove
- Coral Gables
- Coral Springs
- Sharpe Law Firm: According to criminal law, crimes are offences against the social order. In common law jurisdictions, there is a legal fiction that crimes disturb the peace of the sovereign. Government officials, as agents of the sovereign, are responsible for the prosecution of offenders. Hence, the criminal law "plaintiff" is the sovereign, which in practical terms translates into the monarch or the people. Criminal law neither requires a victim, nor a victim's consent, to prosecute an offender. Furthermore, a criminal prosecution can occur over the objections of the victim and the consent of the victim is not a defense in most crimes.
- Dade City
- Chane, Laurie: Criminal convictions in Florida can carry stiff, life-altering penalties. When facing such severe and difficult legal battles, you need to have the best attorney in your corner. You need an attorney with years of success and expertise in the area of criminal defense. You have a responsibility to yourself and your future to make sure that this possibly life-altering case is handled with the utmost expertise and aggression.
- Mander Law Group: INJURY & DEATH Personal Injury Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice FAMILY LAW Dissolution of Marriage Wills Probate Paternity Child Support Child Custody BUSINESS LAW Contracts Mediations Real Estate Zoning Easements Boundary Disputes Land Use Planning Construction Law Consumer Law Commercial Law CRIMINAL LAW Criminal Defense False Arrest Sex Crimes Homicide Drug Crimes Criminal Appeals DUI INSURANCE DISPUTES Automobile Insurance
- Daytona Beach Daytona Beach
- Deerfield Beach
- Van Riper & Nies:
Early and aggressive representation is critical to any case.
- Braaten, Arica:
Protect your rights!
- Traffic Ticket Guy:
There are many ways to fight a DUI charge. An experienced defense lawyer
can take immediate steps to simultaneously preserve your driving
privileges and begin to challenge every aspect of the prosecution's
case, including: The validity of Field or station breath test evidence
Blood test evidence Arrest and jail intake video evidence Whether you
are facing drunk driving charges for the first time, a fourth offense
felony DUI or were arrested in connection with a drunk driving accident,
we can provide you with the legal advice and defense representation you
need. Contact us today. From the time you are charged with a DUI, you
have ten days to request an administrative hearing to seek a hardship
license (a license that allows you to drive to and from work or school).
If you don't take care of a DUI citation or apply for an administrative
hearing, you can lose your right to obtain a hardship license. Your
license may be automatically suspended. During the discovery process and
the administrative hearing regarding your driver's license suspension,
gather all the relevant evidence and
testimony that will likely form the basis of the prosecution's case. The
importance of having an experienced DUI defense trial lawyer at your
side in these proceedings cannot be overstated. Police officer testimony
at the administrative hearing will almost certainly be admissible in
your trial. Unlike at trial, the prosecution will not have the
opportunity to rehearse the process with the arresting officer.
- DeFuniak Springs
- Ramy & Bytell*: Criminal Traffic Citations Juvenile Law DUI Drug Possession Assault and Battery Theft and Burglary Violent Crimes Sex Offenses and Rape Parole and Probation Violations
- Adkinson Law Firm:
If you have been accused of any driving under the influence (DUI) offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, you may wonder how you were charged with an offense when your blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC or AC) level was under .08%. Unfortunately, Florida’s DUI laws are very strict and an alleged offender can still be charged with a DUI offense even if their BAC was not over the legal limit of .08%. A driver that is in actual physical control of a vehicle that has any amount of alcohol or controlled substance in their system could still face an arrest for DUI.
The state prosecutor will look at a variety of factor to determine whether a driver had actual physical control (APC) of a motor vehicle. These factors can include:
Whether the car was capable of being driven;
Whether the hood of the car was hot, which indicates it was recently driven;
Whether the car's engine was on;
Whether the keys were close enough to put in the ignition; and/or
Whether the keys were in the ignition.
If you were pulled over on suspicion of DUI throughout the Florida Panhandle, it is important to remember not to speak to any law enforcement officer until you have hired an experienced criminal defense attorney. Invoke your legal right to remain silent by stating you will not make any statements until after you talk to your lawyer, then stay silent, even if the law enforcement officer questions or talks to you.
Although you are probably innocent, stay silent. If you continue to explain the situation or try to get out of the arrest or criminal charges, you could possibly give conflicting facts or other details that are incriminating, or that the prosecutor will use against you at trial. Your attorney will be better suited to protect your rights and interests when speaking to law enforcement officials.
- Delray Beach
- Woodford, Christopher*: Vital Information You Need to Know of a DUI or DWI Charge. 1. Should my case be dismissed if the officer never read me my Miranda Rights? 2. Why do I have two charges against me? 3. Why was my driver's license not returned to me when I was released? 4. What can be done to reinstate my driving privilege if I lost or failed to request a DMV hearing? 5. It's only a DUI; can't I just represent myself? 6. Is it important that my attorney have experience in the court where my case is pending? 7. How much will it cost to hire a lawyer? 8. What is the "rising blood alcohol defense"? 9. Are there any defenses available in a DUI/DWI case? 10. Will I miss much time from work because I have to appear in court on my DUI/DWI matter
- Trevilla, Arnold: FELONIES Drug Trafficking/Possession Firearm Charges Murder Armed Robbery Probation Violation MISDEMEANORS Battery Assault Petty Theft / Theft Disorderly Conduct and Intoxication Resisting Arrest Domestic Violence TRAFFIC CASES Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI) Driving While License Suspended Reckless Driving
- Bornost Law:
An arrest for DUI can be an overwhelming and confusing time as one is confronted with the criminal and civil process simultaneously.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you may want to consider your legal options and understand the criminal and civil process prior to going to court. A DUI conviction may lead to a suspension of your driver's license, criminal penalties, and an increase in your car insurance.
When defending a DUI case, I treat each case differently, as no two cases are alike. Each case contains separate facts and circumstances which may be imperative in the defense of your case. DUI cases are fact specific and paying attention to the details is vital.
Some of the important issues a DUI attorney must review in a DUI case are the following:
The basis for the traffic stop – Why did the police stop you in the first place?
Field Sobriety Exercises – What exercises were performed?
Breath, Urine, or Blood Results – What was the outcome of the field sobriety tests?
Any other pertinent information revealed through the investigative process.
Any previous DUI convictions?
DUI arrest involving a crash or serious bodily injury?
- Fern Park
- Johnson, David: Every day, people from all walks of life are charged with drunk driving in Florida. Facing DUI charges does not make you a bad person, but it can have serious consequences.
- Flemming Island
- Florida City
- Moss, Tony**: # Homicide (murder, manslaughter) # Violent felony offenses (robbery, kidnapping, etc.) # Sexual offenses # White-collar and economic crimes # Drug offenses (possession, trafficking, conspiracy, etc.) # Burglary and theft offenses # Alien smuggling offenses # Probation violation hearings # Pre-indictment investigations # Grand juries # DUI and traffic matters # Misdemeanors # Internet offenses
- Fort Meyers
- Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale
- Fort Pierce
- Fort Walton Beach
- Grayton Beach
- Green Cove Springs
- Culbert, Bruce:
Experienced attorneys have number of ways to defend a DUI, such as:
Contesting a traffic stop
Personally representing you at DMV administrative hearings (to avoid suspension of your license or to obtain restricted driving privileges)
Avoiding license suspension or jail time by negotiating a plea for a non-alcohol related traffic violation (such as reckless driving)
- Hallandale Beach
- Tsyganov, Yuri:
Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer Fort Lauderdale
If you or someone close to you has been arrested for a crime, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney immediately. A conviction for a criminal offense can have a devastating effect on your life, your family, your driving privilege, and even your freedom. There are several categories of criminal charges including: traffic crimes, misdemeanors, and felonies.
Do not plead out your case without consulting with an Attorney
You may have defenses you are not aware of
Evidence against you may have been illegally obtained
The Prosecution may not have enough evidence to convict you
Make sure your rights are protected.
- High Springs
- Davison, Diane**:
Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, Personal Injury, Insurance Law, Contract Formation and Review, Social Security Disability and Worker's Comp, Debt Collection Disputes, Wills and Probate, Family Law Issues, DUI, Landlord-Tenant Issues and other Civil Actions
- Rob Christensen: Assault and Battery Defense
Domestic Violence Defense
Driver's License Issues
Juvenile Crimes Defense
Sexual Crimes Defense
Traffic Violations Defense
Violation of Probation
- Clearwater Criminal Defense Lawyer:
Roman & Roman P.A. provides criminal defense representation, including DUI charges, drug offenses, felonies, and misdemeanors. They serve the Clearwater, FL and Greater Tampa community
- Taylor, Eloise: Probate & Elder Law Criminal Law Divorce & Family Law Business & Contract Law * Wills * Trusts * Probate * Estate Litigation * Living Wills * Power of Attorney * Criminal Defense * DUI * Domestic Violence * Records Sealed & Expunged * Adoptions * Custody & Child Support * Domestic Violence Injunctions * Post Divorce Modifications * Prenuptial Agreements * Civil & Contract Litigation * Real Estate * Corporate Law
- Vaughn, Charles: By Your Side Through The Whole Process
Being charged with a crime is an unsettling experience. Whether you made a mistake or feel the arrest was unjustified, you still face consequences like fines, jail time or even registration as a sex offender that could negatively affect your future.
- Militello, Paul: Facing a traffic or DUI charge can be frightening. Hefty fines, jail time, and loss of your driver's license are just a few consequences a person faces when they are dealing with a traffic citation. Because of these consequences, you need a lawyer who understands the criminal justice legal process and the options you have in defending yourself against them.
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- Jacksonville Beach
- Quick, Heather*: When you have been charged with a DUI, you want an experienced attorney to help minimize the consequences of an arrest or conviction. In addition to the loss of driving privileges and a potential increase in auto insurance premiums, you could face significant fines and penalties, as well as jail time. Your employment may even be at risk.
- Lehman & Lithgow*: Criminal Defense Law Criminal Trials Appellate Practice Drug Crimes DUI/BUI Felonies Juvenile Law Misdemeanors Probation Violations Sex Charges Traffic Offenses Robbery/Burglary Theft/Fraud Murder Computer Crimes Violent Crimes Domestic Violence Expungements
- Jeffrey Hap: A DUI is not a simple traffic infraction (although your arrest may be accompanied by a number of traffic violations), but a criminal offense with serious consequences.
- Key West
- Lake City
- Groland, Proctor & Fletcher: DWI/DUI means "driving while intoxicated" or "driving while under the influence" and refers to the crime of drunk driving. This crime usually includes driving while abusing drugs and the operation of other kinds of motorized vehicles, such as boats. Drunk driving is defined by each state's criminal code.
- Lake Mary
- Miller, Stephen: What are my options? You must do one of these three things within 30 days of the date on the citation: 1. Pay the fine, admit you are guilty, and receive the appropriate number of points against your license. 2. Elect and attend a driver improvement course (Note: you are only eligible to make this election 5 times in your lifetime and no more than once per 12 months. Also, CDL drivers are not eligible to elect driving school.) 3. Request a hearing and contest the citation. We represent individuals at these hearings and provide them with the following services: Š our attendance may mean it is not necessary for them to attend the hearing at all. Š ensure that laws governing the use of evidence provided by radar and other electronic devises are followed in court. Š ensure that all electronic detection devises were used properly and file appropriate motions for dismissal if they were not used properly. Š file motions requesting that points be withheld from your driver's license.
- Hefley, Aimee:
Drunk Driving and DUI Hearings
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Assault and Battery
Drug Charges in Florida
Driving While License Suspended
- Stockham, Melissa: If you know you are innocent, DO NOT TAKE A PLEA.
- Remsen, Frank:
Being arrested for drunk driving puts you at risk for a number of consequences, including the loss of your driver's license, fines, increased insurance premiums, not to mention the social stigma associated with drunk driving in our society. If you have been arrested for DUI/DWI, it is important to have an aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side.
- Fisher & Frommer: General Practice Employment Law Administrative Family Law Bankruptcy Immigration Construction Landlord/Tenant Consumer Law Personal Injury Criminal Law Probate Debt Collection Wills & Estate
- Lake Murray
- Orth, Willaim*: If either you are arrested or you get that phone call from jail telling you a friend or loved one is arrested, there are some questions you should answer immediately. 1. Who is my attorney? 2. What is the charge? 1. The charge is going to partially determine whether or not the person has a bond. Everyone is entitled to a bond unless it is a Violation of Probation, Capital Felony or Felony that is punishable by life in prison (PBL). All jurisdictions have a bond schedule which means if you are not in one of the no bond categories mentioned above, usually your bond will be in the amount listed in the bond schedule. I said “partially determine” before because if the facts are egregious or if you have a prior record, your bond may be higher than the schedule says. 3. Where did the offense occur? 1. Where the offense occurs can be important for several reasons. First, it may play a role in the bond amount. If the offense occurred in a “high crime area” the police or court may increase what the normal bond amount is. Second, and sometimes more importantly, where the offense occurred may help in investigating the incident and determining whether witnesses or video surveillance may be helpful in the defense. Often times, video surveillance is unavailable after 30 or 60 days so it is important to determine if video surveillance may exist and to request the video. 4. Who is the arresting agency? 1. There are times that learning who the arresting agency may assist in determining what jail your family member or friend is at. If you are not at the scene of the arrest, you may not know which jail and individual was taken to. Finding out who arrested the person may help in answering this question, whether it was a local police department or a federal agency. 5. What should I say without my attorney present? 1. Any statements you make may be used against you in court. The police only have to give Miranda warnings if you are questioned while in custody. Miranda warnings are the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present for any questioning. If you are questioned without being given Miranda warnings, those statements may not be admissible. Often times, though, people make spontaneous statements after being arrested or they waive their Miranda rights. You may think what you say is harmless at the time but later realize your statement is helping to convict you of a crime or is misconstrued by the police or prosecutor. This also includes not making statements to cellmates or to any family or friends over the phone while you are in jail.
- Lake Worth
- Christopher Haddad:
List of Miranda Rights
1. You have the right to remain silent and
refuse to answer questions.
2. Anything you do say may be used against
you in a court of law.
3. You have the right to consult an attorney
before speaking to the police and to have an
attorney present during questioning now or
in the future.
4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will
be appointed for you before any questioning
if you wish.
5. If you decide to answer questions now without
an attorney present you will still have the
right to stop answering at any time until you
talk to an attorney
6. Knowing and understanding your rights as
I have explained them to you.
- Merten Law Office*: Some jurisdictions require that the individual claiming self-defense must retreat from the threat, if possible, prior to responding with force. However, where an individual is responding to a threat using non-deadly force, there is no such duty to retreat. Most states do not require individuals to flee before acting in self-defense where there is an imminent danger of death or severe bodily harm. In addition, most states that require individuals to retreat before responding to a threat with deadly force do not require the retreat if, given the circumstances, the retreat cannot be accomplished safely.
- Lakewood Ranch
- Thompson Goodis:
Before answering any questions from investigators or police, it is extremely important that you speak with a criminal attorney.
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