Fighting Back Against DUI Charges
Charges involving driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs need to be taken seriously. Convictions on charges like these involve stiff fines, the loss of your driver’s license, potential jail time and a scar on your permanent record. Resolving matters after the fact may not be possible in all cases, which is why it’s important to address legal matters right away.
At the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey, we provide aggressive, dedicated legal representation for people all over Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. We have a long list of satisfied clients who have received favorable verdicts in numerous criminal defense cases, including traffic violations and DUI cases. We know what’s at stake and how to protect you from the consequences that accompany a conviction.
Comprehensive DUI Defense Strategies
Founding attorney Scott T. Moorey has been dedicated to defending the rights of motorists in Southwest Florida for nearly 20 years. He and his partner, Lance W. Dunford, have dedicated their careers to helping those accused of DUI and other criminal traffic violations, including charges of:
- Repeat DUI
- Felony DUI
- DUI manslaughter
- Reckless driving and careless driving
- First-time DUI
- Underage drinking and driving
We will thoroughly review your DUI case to determine the facts before laying out all of your options. Because we understand the do’s and don’ts at a traffic stop, we can determine if police have overstepped their boundaries and when charges should be dropped. If you’ve been wrongfully arrested, you need a DUI lawyer who will make every effort to get the charges against you dismissed and your record expunged.
Answers To Your DUI-Related Inquiries
We understand that you probably have many questions about DUI. Our lawyers can answer your questions and give you even more information about the justice system as it pertains to your case. Here, you can see some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients.
Do you lose your license for a DUI in Florida?
Not every DUI results in a license suspension or revocation. You may lose your license if your case involves:
- DUI resulting in bodily injury, manslaughter or vehicular homicide
- A second DUI within five years of a prior one
- A third DUI within 10 or more years of your previous one
- A fourth conviction; the time period does not matter
Any of these conditions could result in a minimum of 180 days to three years of license revocation.
Is a DUI a felony or misdemeanor in Florida?
Most first- and second-time DUIs in our state are misdemeanor offenses. You may receive a felony DUI charge if it is your third offense within 10 years of your second. A DUI that involves bodily injury or death is also typically charged as a felony.
Do you get probation for DUI in Florida?
Under Florida law, the sentences for all DUI convictions must include probation. Judges do not have discretion on this issue. If the court convicts you, you will receive probation.
Can a DUI be reduced in Florida?
In some situations, your drunk driving defense attorney may negotiate a lesser charge with the district attorney’s office. If there is not enough evidence to convict you of a DUI, the state may also pursue charges for a lesser offense, such as reckless driving.
How long does a DUI in Florida stay on your record?
Florida has one of the harshest laws in the U.S. when it comes to how long a DUI conviction will stay on your record. Your DUI will remain on your criminal record for 75 years – without the opportunity for expungement.
Talk To Attorneys Who Understand What You’re Up Against
Whether this is your first brush with the criminal justice system or you are facing a habitual offender or felony DUI charge, you do not have to go through this process alone. Contact the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey to discuss your case, your rights and your options. Call 888-821-9168 or send us an email to set up a free initial consultation today. We have offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and Punta Gorda and we serve Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties.