Gainesville DUI & Ocala DUI Defense Lawyer

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Ocala 352-694-4529 / Gainesville 352-371-9141


If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in North Central Florida, it is imperative to contact a Gainesville / Ocala DUI attorney now. You must act within ten (10) days of your arrest to protect your rights. A conviction for drunk driving or DUI brings serious consequences and can stay on your record for up to 75 years. Our firm represents residents, students and visitors facing criminal charges for DUI.

Contact Attorney Christian A. Straile, LLC
Ocala 352-694-4529 & Gainesville 352-371-9141

Call immediately, telephones are answered 24 hours a day. There are strict deadlines that must be met and procedures that must be followed when presenting a defense. We will work diligently to have the charges dismissed or reduced, whether you are a resident, a temporary resident, a student at the University of Florida or a tourist on vacation. Having experienced the criminal courts as both at prosecutor's office and as a DUI defense lawyer, Christian Straile knows how to build a solid case.

A Florida DUI actually starts more than one proceeding against the accused. First the proceeding against the driver's license in an administrative hearing. Immediate action is needed in the administrative hearing. Second, a criminal case begins in the court house. If a student is accused, then a third proceeding can begin at the Univeristy seeking to expel or suspend the student. A DUI is more complex than almost any other case, do not go alone.

When you are pulled over, maintaining a courteous and polite attitude will influence how the officers treat you. You may challenge being pulled over or even refuse the breath test. If you refuse the breath test, your driver's license will be suspended unless you act. A second refusal is a misdemeanor if your license has been previously suspended for refusing to submit a sample. Your citation will act as a temporary diving permit for ten (10) days. If you do nothing, the license will be suspended. However, you have a right to challenge the suspension in a formal review hearing at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles ("DHSMV") or DMV. You must request a formal review hearing within ten (10) days of the citation; begin the process immediately.

You Have Legal Rights; Use Them.

The repercussions of drunk driving are significant. For a first-time DUI conviction, the penalties may include a fine, up to six months in jail, community service, DUI school and the impounding of your vehicle. Second convictions or enhanced breath results (over .15) bring higher fines and longer jail sentences in addition to the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. This device will require you to blow into it prior to allowing the car to start. Third convictions bring additional jail time.

If you are arrested, remember you have the right to remain silent. Be sure to ask for your attorney, Christian A. Straile, and then do not speak to anyone until an attorney is with you. The firm will do all that we can to help you avoid a conviction, maintain your license and stay in school. We are able to collaborate with a team of experts to investigate your case and reconstruct the accident scene if a DUI with property damage, DUI bodily injury or DUI manslaughter. As your legal team we will represent you wherever needed, whether it is a DMV hearing, a criminal hearing or a hearing at the University.

If you need to find a DUI lawyer in Gainesville, Ocala or anywhere else in North Central Florida, click, call or fill out the form to see how we can help fight your DUI. A flexible appointment schedule is maintained for your convenience. Complimentary consultations are offered in all criminal, DUI and traffic matters. A live person will answer the telephone 24 hours every day. Hablo español.

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