Gainesville DUI Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been charged with DUI in Florida, do not hesitate to call The Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit at (352) 378-6593. A Gainesville DUI lawyer will help you make effective decisions that will greatly impact the outcome of your case. Our offices are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are fully prepared to provide you with aggressive and reliable legal representation and defense.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is the criminal act of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs and/or with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. In the state of Florida, most charges involving DUI are classified as misdemeanors. However, DUI charges can sometimes be elevated to felony class, particularly if the accused has prior DUI convictions, has caused bodily harm to another person, or has caused extensive property damage.
A conviction for DUI (called DWI in some states) is a serious crime with wide-reaching consequences that can cause problems for years. At our law firm we know how confusing your arrest probably was – and how much confusion you still have ahead. You need an experienced DUI defense lawyer who knows the law and can help you minimize the consequences of your charges.
Some people unfortunately underestimate the seriousness of a DUI charge and choose to represent themselves in court. This is usually a huge mistake, as the average person does not have the experience or knowledge needed to contest the case presented by Florida law enforcement and county prosecutors. DUI conviction and serious legal consequences often result when the accused does not hire an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Yet another thing to consider is that a DUI charge has two aspects – criminal and administrative.
In the criminal component of the DUI case, The Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit will review evidence including the Florida breathalyzer results (blood alcohol content level, or BAC), police reports, and witness statements. We will explain to you your options and take your case to trial if you so choose. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to enter a non-criminal plea (driving while impaired). From the moment you retain our legal services, we will protect your rights and fight to win.
In the administrative part of your case, your DUI defense lawyer will help you apply for hardship driving privileges. Various damages may be minimized, depending on your driving history.
Contact Our Experienced Gainesville DUI Lawyer Today
A DUI charge can come with consequences ranging from points on your license to license revocation or suspension, substantial fines, required driving classes, and large increases in your insurance rates, not to mention the time and energy spent on resolving the charges. Additionally, you may be required to pay for and equip your vehicle with the interlock device which measures your alcohol level before your car will start. The Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit can guide you through the process to help limit the consequences; for this reason you should call a Florida post conviction attorney immediately to minimize direct dealings with law enforcement. Taking immediate action, our experienced Gainesville DUI lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected. We will exam all of the evidence, listen to your story, review the video of the stop and determine the best defense for your case.