DUI Attorneys Near Me
Everyday in Florida, hundreds of motor vehicles are pulled over by law enforcement officers, and drivers are questioned about consumption of alcohol, or other substances, while operating their vehicles. This is a routine law enforcement technique, performed under highly subjective circumstances, and invariably leads to an arrest. This level of constant activity is largely due to the number of drivers who commit driving errors, which the officers will claim makes their behavior suspect. Field sobriety tests are one way officers claim they can determine if alcohol or drugs are influencing behavior. Casual and limited consumption of alcohol does not always mean impairment, but if suspecting officers believe you are impaired, you will be arrested and taken to jail. DUI is a serious crime in Florida, with high fines and stiff penalties. A DUI conviction will have ramifications on your driver’s license, insurance costs, employment, and educational opportunities. Even first offense convictions, with a marginal level of increased blood alcohol levels and no accident, can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have been arrested, you need to consider your circumstances very carefully, because a DUI conviction is not something you want on your record. Your best chances for a successful outcome are to hire a proven criminal defense attorney with years of experience handling DUI’s and other criminal matters. The cost of defending your rights pales in comparison to the long term costs and stress of a DUI case not being resolved as favorably as possible. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is very similar to hiring a doctor to perform a delicate operation. Only the best will due, in order for you to achieve the best and most successful outcome.
Who Should You Hire to Handle Your DUI?
Curtis Fallgatter has over 40 years of experience in criminal law, having served on both sides of the law, as a federal prosecutor for 17 years (where he was the Chief Assistant), and then as a criminal defense attorney in private practice. Lisa Varon has more than 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, and is the past President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Curtis and Lisa are well-versed in the law and the consequences of a DUI conviction. They work tirelessly on behalf of their clients, and take a very conscientious and detailed approach to every case.
Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. is a full-service criminal defense firm, handling all felony and misdemeanor crimes including DUI’s, drug charges, sex crimes, white-collar crimes, assault, battery, theft, and manslaughter, to name a few. The criminal justice system is often unkind. It takes experience, proven judgement, and a thorough understanding of how the system works, to defend against a false arrest, prove the initial traffic stop was illegal, or get your charges reduced to a lesser charge. The law in most cases does not take into consideration that sometimes good and well-meaning people make mistakes, and it takes a skilled and accomplished criminal defense attorney to help keep your life from changing forever. Give Curtis and Lisa a call at (904) 353-5800 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and explain your options for a successful defense.