Drunk driving convictions can lead to jail time, losing your driver’s license, expensive fines, and a permanent criminal record. These serious consequences require a serious Jacksonville DUI defense attorney to reduce or dismiss the charges against you. However, regardless of your current charges, you are innocent until proven guilty. A strong Jacksonville criminal defense attorney will operate on that principle and provide you with the best defense possible.
At Gates Law Firm, I empathize with those who have been arrested for DUI. These charges can completely change the lives of everyone involved and leave families struggling to cope. I also empathize with scenarios where people have been wrongfully accused and are struggling to prove their innocence. However, even people who make mistakes need fair and compassionate legal representation. Whatever your situation, when you are ready to advance your case and get the best results possible, I am are here to help.
In the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent your normal faculties are impaired. If you are pulled over and suspected of DUI, you will be asked to submit to field sobriety exercises (FSEs) and then depending on the results of those exercises the officer will make a determination whether or not to arrest you. An officer may also consider your refusal to participate in those exercises in determining at that moment if they believe your normal faculties are impaired based on other evidence like a driving pattern or your speech.
If the officer decides to arrest you from the scene of the traffic stop, you will be transported to the jail where you will be asked to provide a breath sample. The results of that breath sample or even your refusal to provide a sample can be used against you in a criminal trial. In Florida, a blood alcohol contact (BAC) above a .08% at the time of driving is presumptive evidence of impairment.
DUI is a serious offense in Florida with potentially severe penalties. Notably, you must be adjudicated guilty if convicted or entering a plea to DUI so you cannot receive a withhold of adjudication. If you are convicted of DUI, you may be subject to the following minimum penalties:
These charges become even more serious if you are accused of DUI with property damage, DUI with injuries, or vehicular homicide. The potential for these charges may seem overwhelming, but having the right attorney by your side can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. The only way to know what you are facing and advance a defense strategy that protects you from the most severe penalties is to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney.
There are many potential defenses to DUI charges in Florida. An experienced Jacksonville DUI attorney will know which defenses apply to your particular case and how to best use them in court. Some of the most common include:
Any combination of these defenses could be used to reduce or dismiss your charges. However, if you wish to take a stance on any of these defenses, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney to begin collecting evidence and building your case.
To prove that you are guilty of DUI, the prosecution will need to present evidence that meets a number of criteria. This evidence will need to show that you were driving, that you were impaired while driving, and that your impairment contributed to the accident if charged with DUI with property damage. Some of the most common pieces of evidence used in DUI cases in Jacksonville, FL include:
If any of this evidence is missing or does not meet the burden of proof, your charges could be reduced or dismissed.
Some tactics that a criminal defense attorney can use to combat this evidence and safeguard your rights include:
An experienced DUI defense attorney will know how to use this evidence to your advantage and safeguard your rights. Whatever situation led you to the charge you are facing, Gates Law Firm can help.
If you are facing serious DUI charges, you need an aggressive, experienced DUI defense attorney who will be there for you. The best attorney has:
If you have been charged with DUI, you need an aggressive, experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorney who will be there for you. At Gates Law Firm, I have the experience, resources, and tenacity to fight for you. Whether this is your first DUI or one where the consequences could be higher, you can trust our firm to ensure you get the best possible result for your situation.
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