If you were arrested and charged with Diving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) in violation of Florida Statute 316.193, you may want to hire a DUI attorney in Jacksonville. A conviction can result in harsh penalties, even for a first D.U.I. conviction. Jail time, Substantial fines, driver's license suspension, increased insurance rates, attendance at drug/alcohol treatment programs, or the impounding of your vehicle are just a few of the possible sanctions anyone arrested for D.U.I. faces. Hiring an experienced and skillful D.U.I. attorney may help to reduce the charges or even lead to a dismissal or acquittal at trial. It is not uncommon for testing errors and existing medical issues to cause the results of a breath test or field sobriety exercises (F.S.E.) to give a wrongful indication of impairment. I routinely challenge in court both the grounds the police rely on to request a breath test or field sobriety exercises, and the manner each is administered.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for either a Felony or Misdemeanor offense in the State of Florida it is important to act quickly in contacting my office. In many cases Florida Statutes mandates minimum fines or penalties depending on the charges that are filed by the State Attorney's Office. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer early on in case is vitally important. Often I am able to contact the State Attorney assigned to the case and explain any potential legal issues the state will have in proving the charges. In many cases these discussions often lead to the filing of either reduced charges or no charges at all.