Under strict Florida laws, if you even have one or two drinks and then get behind the wheel, you could face prosecution for driving under the influence (DUI). The days when DUI — sometimes called DWI for "driving while intoxicated" — was essentially treated as a traffic ticket are long gone.
At checkpoints designed to catch impaired drivers, prescription drugs are accounting for almost as many arrests as alcohol. Drugs used to treat anxiety — Xanax or Lorazepam — can also impair the ability to safely operate a vehicle and lead to a charge.
Make no mistake — the outcome in your case is not the same without an experienced attorney at your side. A conviction, even on a first offense, carries significant penalties and repercussions. Lawyer James M. Burns will leverage his nearly 20 years of criminal law experience to help you minimize the consequences.
Did You Refuse A Blood Or Breath Test?
Test refusal is a crime on its own. It will result in an additional charge. Should you take a test or not? You need fast and reliable advice.
Call 850-462-8423 to speak with attorney James M. Burns immediately, so you can make an informed decision.
Based in Pensacola, Mr. Burns handles DUI cases at all levels of complexity throughout Escambia County, Baldwin County and the surrounding Gulf Coast communities.
Steps To Build A Strategic Defense
Because you don't deal with criminal charges every day, there are certain question you may not know to ask and issues you would never identify on your own. Here is what you can expect:
- Personal attention that includes candid advice designed to meet your goals of avoiding a criminal record or getting a business-purpose driver's license so you can keep your job
- Rigorous analysis of evidence and methods the police used that may uncover potential defenses — for instance determining if there was there probable cause to support stopping you or of there were any mistakes made while collecting a blood or breath sample
- Knowledge of local courts and prosecutors so you know when to take a plea and when to fight the charge at trial
Attorney James M. Burns knows what questions to ask and what to do with the answers. He will focus on what matters to you: getting the best possible results.
What Are Your Options?
Find out — call 850-462-8423 to talk with attorney James M. Burns as soon as it is practicable. An online message is another easy way to get reliable counsel.
The clock starts ticking immediately on the suspension of your driver's license. Remember that after any DUI/DWI arrest, the knowledge and determination of the defense lawyer you select can make the difference to your future.