Daytona Beach Felony DUI Attorney
Serious Charges, Severe and Devastating Consequences
In our state, if an individual is convicted of a fourth (4th) or subsequent DUI (within 10 years of previous convictions) or if a DUI results in great bodily injury or death to another person, a defendant will be charged with felony DUI. As with any criminal matter, enhanced charges will result in greater penalties when you are convicted and anyone facing allegations for felony DUI could wind up with a substantial prison sentence, severe fines, drivers' license suspension and a felony criminal record, which may not be eligible in the future for expungement.
If you or someone you care about has recently been arrested and charged with felony DUI, it is imperative that you immediately obtain the services of an exceptionally qualified Daytona Beach felony DUI attorney. It is also crucial that you exercise your right to remain silent until you secure and consult your legal representation, as anything you say to police, investigators or prosecutors can and likely will be used against you.
Arrested for felony DUI? The Daytona Beach felony DUI lawyer at Buckmaster & Ellzey can help fight for your rights. Call today!
What Are the Penalties for DUI in Florida?
The penalties for DUI in Florida depend on the circumstances of the offense and the offender's criminal history.
If this is your first DUI offense, you may face the following penalties:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines of up to $1,000
- 50 hours of community service
- License suspension for up to one year
- Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
- Attendance at an alcohol education program
If you have prior DUIs on your record, or if you were involved in an accident that caused injury or death while driving under the influence, the penalties may be more severe. It is also important to note that these penalties may be increased if you had a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of your arrest, or if you were driving with a minor in the car.
It is important to note that these penalties are just the criminal consequences of a DUI. In addition to these penalties, you may also face civil consequences, such as higher insurance rates and loss of employment. It is strongly advised to speak with an attorney if you have been charged with a DUI in Florida.
Get Defense for Felony DUI Charges in Daytona Beach
At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we strive to provide the absolute highest level of representation, guidance through the DUI process and service to our clients. We understand the tremendous pressure that any type of criminal charges can put on a person and their family, as well as their professional life, and we are committed to developing and presenting the most effective defensive strategy in order to help avoid or minimize the penalties that are associated with a felony DUI.
We are compassionate about our clients' situations, yet relentless in and out of the courtroom, and know what procedures are employed by prosecutors to attempt to limit a defendant's freedom because of previously serving as prosecutors ourselves. We apply dedication, skill, creativity and talent to each and every case we represent and are prepared to zealously fight for the best possible result for you in your legal matter.
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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.
What Is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce?There are two types of divorce in Daytona Beach: contested and uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is typically preferred because they can usually be completed with far less hassle and in far less time. However, to go through the uncontested divorce process, the couple must reach an agreement on all significant divorce-related issues. These issues include: • Property division • Debt allocation • Alimony • Child support • Child custody • Visitation When there is disagreement over one or more of these issues, the couple will need to go through the contested divorce process. In such cases, the couple will either need to hire a divorce mediator to help them through the negotiation process or have the family court decide for them.
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“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.”
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“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
40+ Years of Collective Experience