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Jacksonville DUI Lawyer

Have you been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs? At the Albaugh Law Firm, we are prepared to help you through every step of your case. We know the laws and can help you understand the consequences that will likely occur if you are convicted. Depending on the circumstances of your case, in addition to your criminal history, the attorney can file misdemeanor or felony charges against you. Our Jacksonville attorneys are devoted to protecting our clients' rights and prescribing a comprehensive approach to handle their DUI charges.

Investigating DUI Cases in Duval County

If you secure our representation, we can immediately begin performing a thorough investigation into the unique facts and circumstances of your DUI arrest. Our first step is to obtain copies of the documentary evidence, which can include the:

  • Traffic citation
  • Charging affidavit
  • DUI investigation report
  • Traffic crash report
  • Breath alcohol test affidavit
  • Breath test operator report
  • Intoxilyzer inspection report
  • Blood collector's report

Your case can also benefit through the obtainment of the consent form, evidence and property receipt, and the witness affidavit. Our investigation will also include a review of the conduct of law enforcement toward you. In addition, we can discuss the facts that may be missing and any false record found in the reports. At this point, we can begin to formulate a strong defense strategy that can be used during the negotiations that take place with the prosecutor and while arguing your case in court.

Jacksonville DMV Hearing

In addition to the criminal charges that can be filed in court, your arrest for DUI will trigger administrative action against you. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can immediately suspend your driver's license after you are charged with drunk driving. You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to send in the necessary paperwork or the suspension will go into full effect. At the Albaugh Law Firm, we know how the DMV hearing works and can help you file the necessary paperwork to request the formal review hearing with the DMV. This action can prevent the immediate suspension of your driver's license. Additionally, it will allow us a chance to fully investigate the case.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence in Jacksonville

If you are convicted of DUI, you can face a substantial amount of penalties. For the crime of DUI manslaughter, you can face 15 years in prison. For a simple DUI offense, you can potentially face the following penalties:

  • 12-month probation
  • Fines / court costs
  • Community service
  • DUI school
  • 10-day vehicle immobilization
  • Driver's license suspension

You may also be required to attend the court-mandated awareness program called the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Impact Panel. You can also face enhanced penalties for aggravating factors associated with your case. Examples of aggravating factors include second and third DUI convictions and a blood alcohol content level above 0.15%. Our firm's Jacksonville DUI lawyers can help navigate you through your complex DUI case. We have more than 70 years of combined experience protecting the rights of and defending our clients in and out of court. Contact us today!