Gainesville DUI Lawyers
The Defenders You Can Trust in Your Time of Need
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Florida, you need to talk to a lawyer quickly. You only have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV or your driver's license will automatically be suspended.
At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our Gainesville DUI lawyers have defended innumerable people facing DUI charges in Florida. We can represent you both at your DMV hearing and in your criminal case. While hiring a law firm does not guarantee that you can prevent the DMV from suspending your license, it does allow you to exercise your right to a defense.
Penalties for DUI in Florida
People arrested for DUI in Florida can face costly penalties, even for a first-time offense.
Possible penalties for driving under the influence include:
- Driver's license suspension
- One-year supervised probation
- 10-day vehicle impoundment
- 50 hours of community service
- Hefty fines
- Court costs of about $1,000
- Participation in DUI course
- Attending an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program
- Random alcohol and drug testing
- High-risk auto insurance
Many people convicted of DUI also end up losing their jobs. When the consequences are this high, it only makes sense to talk to a lawyer to find out if you have a valid defense.
Defenses in DUI Cases
Even if you were drinking or using drugs, the state cannot necessarily convict you of DUI. The issue is not whether you had been drinking or using drugs – it is whether you were drinking or using drugs to the extent that you were impaired and whether the state can prove it.
Most people accused of drunk driving do not know their constitutional rights. For example, the police cannot pull you over unless they have a valid and legal reason for doing so. If you are pulled over, you are not required to take a field sobriety test. We advise our clients not to take either the field sobriety exercises or the Breathalyzer test. Even if you did take the tests, the results could be challenged for technical reasons.
We would be happy to discuss your case in full detail to determine what kind of defense strategy can be used in your situation. Speak with our Gainesville DUI defense lawyers today.
Take Action Now to Save Your License
Being arrested for a drunk driving offense can happen to anyone. Just one too many drinks can set you over the legal limit – even if you do not feel intoxicated or drunk. Prosecutors take driving under the influence seriously, and they will pursue the highest possible penalties. It is important that you have an aggressive advocate on your side.
Choose Law Offices of Edwards & Jones to defend you because:
- We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- We have handled over 1,000 cases
- We offer free jail and in-home consultations
- We provide thorough attention to your case
- We exhaust all available avenues of defense
- We work our hardest to obtain a favorable outcome
Call (352) 329-3632 now to receive skilled legal guidance and effective representation.
“It is my opinion that he is clearly one of the best lawyers in the city of Gainesville.”- Everette Sr.
“Mr. Edwards believed in us and took a chance, we will forever be in his debt.”- Colin
“He put his heart into that case.”- Jan