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DUI/DWI

Aggressive St Petersburg DUI Lawyer

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If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are likely concerned about the possibility of losing your driver’s license and/or going to jail. You may also be confused regarding what to do next. Our St Petersburg DUI lawyer at The Stokes Law Firm are here to help you during this difficult and confusing time.

You don’t want to wait to call for legal representation. The longer you wait, the harder it may be for you to achieve the desired outcome for your case.

Florida DUI Explained

A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) are both considered criminal acts in the state of Florida. The actual charge occurs when you are caught operating a truck, automobile, motorcycle or other form of transportation while you are under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, controlled substances, or another substance that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle safely.

What Happens After You Are Arrested for DUI?

You have a period of 10 days after the day you are arrested to request an administrative hearing with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). When you attend this hearing, you can request to receive hardship driving privileges. These are only given to someone while the legal process is underway for the DUI charges you face.

At The Stokes Law Firm, we can help ensure you schedule your administrative hearing in a timely manner, to avoid losing this opportunity to keep driving. Our team is committed to helping protect your rights and provide you with the highest level of legal representation and service available.
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If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, it is crucial that you seek the legal advice and representation of our experienced Florida DUI attorneys. We will help you avoid some of the more serious consequences of this situation.

Who Can Be Charged with a DUI?

While it’s obvious that those behind the wheel of a vehicle driving down the road are going to be charged with DUI if they are intoxicated, there are other times you may be charged with this crime as well. For example, you may discover you are arrested for a DUI even if you aren’t actually driving your vehicle. Just sitting in your car with the keys in the ignition can result in a DUI arrest. Also, DUI charges are not just limited to motor vehicles. You can also be charged with this crime while on a golf cart, moped, bicycle or operating any other type of transportation. Even though this may seem a bit excessive, law enforcement offices and prosecutors work hard to enforce the laws related to drinking and driving or being under the influence of a substance that has the possibility of causing injuries, property damage or death.

According to Florida statutes, it is required for you to be prosecuted if you are found driving with the following:

  • The presence of cocaine or a Schedule 1 drug in your system
  • If you are impaired in any way
  • If you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or more

When you retain our DUI defense services, we will make sure you understand your legal rights and take the time to examine all of the evidence that has been gathered against you. We will then work diligently to help get the charges reduced, completely dropped or help you receive probation rather than time in jail or prison. If necessary, we will use all the legal resources we have to represent you at trial.

Potential Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Depending on the charges you face, your past criminal history and the presence of any special circumstances of the alleged DUI, some of the consequences of a criminal conviction for DUI include:

  • Lengthy probation periods
  • Hefty fines
  • Community service
  • Forfeiture of your civil rights
  • Suspension of your driving privileges
  • Potential time in prison or jail
  • Possibility of vehicle forfeiture
  • Potential forfeiture of your assets or property
Call Our St Petersburg DUI Lawyers Today

The team at The Stokes Law Firm provides you with professional DUI legal services to ensure your rights, liberties and freedoms are protected. We will work diligently to have the charges against you dropped or reduced and defend your case in a trial if necessary.

We understand that the prosecution is going to be working hard to convince the judge to give you the harshest sentence possible. Make sure you have our legal services on your side to give you a quality defense.

If you wait too long, it may affect our ability to help you achieve a successful outcome. If you are facing DUI charges, it is crucial that you call for legal advice and our professional and aggressive representation as soon as possible.

A Drunk Driving arrest does not have to change your life. You Have Rights! Call Stokes Law Firm and get our experienced DUI lawyers fighting for you. Call us today at 727-954-0186.

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