Daytona Beach DUI & Drugs Defense Attorney
Remain Silent and Quickly Hire an Attorney
Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs can lead to harsh and devastating penalties if an individual winds up being convicted. A person can face:
- Substantial jail sentence
- Severe fines and fees
- Community service
- Court ordered substance abuse treatment program or classes
- Suspension or revocation of drivers' license
- Misdemeanor or felony charges and conviction on their legal record, which can make it difficult to take advantage of employment, housing and other opportunities where a background check is conducted and may not be eligible in the future for expungement
If you or someone you know has recently been arrested for DUI & drugs, it is vitally important that you remain silent and immediately seek the legal counsel of a highly qualified Daytona Beach DUI attorney that is well versed and experienced in these matters. You will likely be pressed to answer questions about your situation and it is crucial that you exercise your right to politely decline until your attorney is present.
Beware of the Prescription Drug DUI
Believe it or not, you can be charged with driving under the influence without having a drop of alcohol to drink. Certain medications can do to your body what alcohol normally would—that is, act as a depressant.
Depressants can cause symptoms of euphoria, muscle relaxation, respiratory depressants, and lowered blood pressure. While these might be positive effects for people suffering from debilitating mental or physical problems, they can also cause difficulty with driving and responding immediately to stimuli.
A Florida officer might stop a driver on suspicion of a DUI if a person is driving slowly, irregularly, or dangerously. The officer may ask someone to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test to determine if the person is suffering from the effects of a depressant, such as alcohol. However, these tests may be inconclusive.
If the tests are inconclusive, but the officer still suspects you of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she might take you to the police station, where you will be asked to give a blood, urine, or breath sample. If the sample shows you are under the influence of prescription drugs, you could be charged with a DUI.
Some prescription medications that might lead to a DUI charge include the following:
You could face serious charges if you were driving under the influence of certain prescription drugs and will likely face some of the same penalties. Fines and jail time are two potential punishments, but there might also be a driver’s license suspension, community service, or court-ordered DUI school.
Experienced Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we can provide you with the high level of guidance and representation you need and deserve. It is acutely understood that criminal charges and potentially losing one's freedom makes it necessary to zealously fight for a favorable result. Our stance is that we believe there to be a workable solution in every case and we will tirelessly examine every angle of the evidence and facts that pertain to your case and proceed in a way that works best for you and your situation.
We have dedicated our professional lives to zealously protecting the rights and interests of individuals and ensuring fairness and lawfulness in and out of the courtroom. You are innocent until proven guilty and we relentlessly hold the government accountable to prove any guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We are aware of what is at stake and will apply knowledge, experience and talent to your defense in order to achieve the best outcome possible for you and your future.
To confidentially discuss your legal situation and find out how we can assist you, contact a Daytona Beach DUI & drugs lawyer at our firm now.
Q: If I’ve Been Arrested, What Rights Do I Have?A: In our country, being arrested does not deprive you of the many rights you have as a citizen. When you were arrested, you should have been informed of your Miranda Rights. You may ask the police officer why you are being arrested and can refuse to answer questions regarding the charges. You have the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial. Using a qualified and experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney will work to your advantage in ensuring your rights are protected.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me?
In the case of Buckmaster & Ellzey, we have prosecuted thousands of cases as an Assistant State Attorney. On the side of criminal defense, we have defended hundreds of individuals, such as you, that have faced charges for criminal offenses. Having served on both sides gives us a unique opportunity to fight for our clients.
We understand how prosecutors operate, the types of evidence that they will bring forth and what arguments they are likely to pursue in a criminal case. This first-hand knowledge allows us to better prepare and successfully resolve cases.
What Are the Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?Generally, misdemeanors are considered minor offenses. The fines for them will be relatively small and any time spent in jail will be in terms of weeks or months, not years. A felony conviction can result in steep fines, probation, parole and prison sentences for years. They can remain on your permanent record and may adversely affect future educational and employment opportunities. With the assistance of an attorney who is willing to aggressively defend your rights, felony charges can sometimes be reduced to misdemeanors.
What Happens Now That I’ve Been Charged With an Offense?The first step will be what is known as an arraignment. A judge will tell you the charges against you and there are many decisions that will need to be made at this time, such as how you will plea to the charges, what bail will be set at and others. We understand that facing criminal charges can be tough and would like you to take advantage of our experience to help you successfully navigate through the criminal justice system.
How Are Child Support and Alimony Calculated in Florida?If you are going through a divorce, you may be concerned about how much child support or alimony you can receive or will be expected to pay. Alimony is ordered to ensure that both spouses have an equal opportunity of maintaining the same standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. The higher-earning spouse makes payments to the lower-earning spouse. The amount of the payment is determined based on one party’s need and the other party’s ability to pay. This involves the consideration of a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, each party’s contribution to the marriage, and the ability of the unemployed spouse to obtain work. Child support, on the other hand, is determined based on Florida’s statutory guidelines. To calculate a child support payment, the court considers the total income of both parties, minus any deductions. The child support order is ultimately determined by what amount is needed to cover the child’s basic living expenses, including food, shelter, childcare, education, and healthcare.
Well-Versed in the Legal Process and Protocols
“He is well-versed in the legal process and protocols. Fortunately, the criminal complaint made against me was frivolous and without merit. Even so, I was able to sleep much better knowing that Jeremy was in my corner.”
They Had My Back
“Not every case works in your favor but knowing you have the right attorney to fight on your behalf is vital. Thankfully having Buckmaster & Ellzey have my back was a success.”
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“Mr. Buckmaster was thorough in explaining legal jargon and procedures that were very alien to me. He was able to suggest my best courses of action and get my charges to a more manageable place so I could have a shot at a good future in society.”
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“Jeremy worked hard and smart to get only the best results. Another thing that stood out and was most appreciated was the excellent communication, by phone, email, regular mail, and in person. I always knew what was going on in a timely and efficient manner”
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Former State Prosecutor
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