DO YOU HAVE TO PERFORM FIELD SOBRIETY EXERCISE? HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED FOR DUI AND NEED TO SPEAK TO A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY?
DUI-Don’t Walk, Talk or Audition for Your Freedom
Lake City, Miami, and Gainesville, Florida Attorney
The charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is usually a misdemeanor, but depending on circumstances may be charged as a felony. To be considered a DUI, the driver needs to be found with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher and be in control of a vehicle. But other than that, each state differs in their charges and laws.
A DUI may be a felony charge if bodily harm is inflicted onto another person, having a child in the vehicle, having prior DUI convictions, or if driving on a restricted, suspended, or revoked license… again, these laws differ from state to state. There are too many unknowns for a person to try to fight a DUI conviction alone, please don’t attempt to defend yourself. If a person cannot afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint one for you.
Because of the differences from state to state and that the ramifications of a DUI charge are severe, it is extremely important to hire a good criminal defense attorney in the state of the offense. Attorney Travis Koon is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bar. We encourage each individual to hire an attorney experienced with the laws in the State the person is accused of committing the crime.
ATTORNEY TRAVIS KOON-DUI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Florida law states that if a person is driving a vehicle, they have given consent to submit to a chemical test to determine the blood alcohol content, this is known as implied consent; but the driver does have the right to refuse the test. If the driver refuses the test, the driver could loose his license up to one year. On the other hand, if the driver does refuse to submit to the breath, blood or urine test, Attorney Travis Koon can assist the individual and help the person obtain a business purpose license in specific circumstances. Just because a person fails to blow, provide a blood and/or urine sample does not mean the person is automatically going to jail and/or will not be able to drive forever. Contacting a criminal defense attorney to advise you of your rights is recommended because the process is difficult to understand, the procedure is complicated and being properly advised as to how to fight your case are important.
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There are consequences when refusing a breathalyzer test, the following are a possibility:
1st offense of refusal = driver’s license suspended for 1 year (you can obtain a business purpose permit to driver to and from work, to and from school and to and from church but you must follow a very strict procedure to do so in Florida)
2nd offense of refusal = driver’s license suspended for 18 months and minimum 10 days jail time (no hardship allowed in Florida.)
3rd offense of refusal = driver’s license suspended for 18 months and minimum 30 days jail time (no hardship.)
An arraignment is when the defendant appears before a judge to be formally charged with a crime and have the court appoint an attorney if the person cannot afford one on their own. It is at this time the defendant, or their attorney, can enter a plea of either guilty, ask for a trial by judge, ask for a trial by jury, or try to plea bargain down the charges.
In some circumstances, a DUI can be pleaded down to a “wet reckless” charge. This is considered a reckless driving involving alcohol charge and has less severe penalties than a DUI conviction.
On the flip side, if you are pulled over and the officer has the suspicion of DUI, but you know you have not been drinking alcohol, it is well within your right to ask for a breathalyzer test to assert your innocence.
A DUI conviction can have harsh and long lasting repercussions; it is in your best interest to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Travis Koon are highly qualified Florida attorneys that have the knowledge and experience you need. We have attorneys in Miami, attorneys in Gainesville, and attorneys in Lake City – giving people several location options. Being charged with a DUI is an intimidating situation to be in, let us help guide you through this trying time.
EXPERIENCED GAINESVILLE AND LAKE CITY, FLORIDA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
At www.koonlegal.com and Attorney Travis Koon, we know that if found guilty, some of these charges can change your life completely.
At www.koonlegal.com , Criminal Defense Attorney Travis Koon, is a trained and skilled attorney that will assess your situation and argue the best defense for your case. Attorney Travis Koon has represented people charged with crimes his entire career. Criminal Defense Attorney Travis Koon has helped over 1,500 clients avoid jail time and the loss of their freedom. Attorney Travis Koon has conducted over 40 criminal trials and many of those trials were in the immediately area surrounding Live Oak, Florida, Lake City, Florida and Gainesville, Florida. Attorney Travis Koon is a member of the Florida Bar and Georgia Bar. In addition, Attorney Travis Koon is a member of the Federal Middle District and Northern District. Attorney Travis Koon is experienced in criminal cases in State and Federal Court.
Travis Koon, Attorney
Live Oak, Lake City & Gainesville, Florida
Live Oak and Lake City-386-597-0000