Fighting Your Misdemeanor DUI/DWI In Northeast Florida

A DUI conviction will definitely affect your life. DUI convictions can result in loss of employment, raised insurance rates, and hardships on families. You need the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney to protect your legal rights and fight for your freedom, your driving privileges and your future.

First Offense? Repeat Offense? Underage DUI? CDL License?
If you or a family member was arrested in northeast Florida for driving drunk, the attorneys at Stone Lockett in Jacksonville can help. Contact us immediately for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers.

We don't simply take a DUI case and advise you to plead guilty.
Our DUI/DWI lawyers challenge the reason for the stop, detention and arrest, and we challenge the results of breath tests and roadside sobriety exercises in the pretrial stages. We have won DUI cases by suppressing evidence, getting DUI charges reduced to simple traffic offenses, or obtaining the outright dismissal of charges. We have also won many acquittals, dismissals and not guilty verdicts at trial. See our DUI Success Stories.

Misdemeanor DUI Offenses

We are confident we can help, no matter how bad things seem. Our attorneys have handled all DUI misdemeanor offenses:

  • Driving under the influence (.08 blood alcohol content or impaired driving)
  • Excessive level of alcohol (.15 BAL)
  • Under 21 DUI (charged at .02 BAL)
  • Commercial driver DUI (charged at .04 BAL)
  • Repeat offender (second DUI within five years)
  • DUI while license suspended
  • DUI accidents (property damage)
  • Boating under the influence (BUI)

Consequences of a DUI conviction may include jail time, fines, license suspension, license revocation, chemical dependency treatment, ignition interlock device on your car, and even loss of employment.

The Florida Legislature recently changed a third DUI offense to a felony with mandatory incarceration for conviction. See DUI Felonies, which include causing injury or death while driving under the influence.

Experienced Defense for All Drunk Driving Offenses

Stone Lockett has earned a reputation as one of the most effective DUI/DWI defense firms in Florida. The strength and aggressiveness of our defense strategies cause prosecutors to seriously consider reducing or dismissing DUI charges prior to trial. As a result, a trial is not necessary in most of our misdemeanor DUI cases.

In particular, Board-certified criminal defense attorney Mitch Stone has had great success challenging the new Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machines. The attorneys at Stone Lockett have made it a point to analyze legal issues and technical issues associated with the Intoxilyzer 8000 breathalyzer. As a result of information we have uncovered, the state of Florida has had to acknowledge deficiencies in this breath-testing machine used widely by Florida law enforcement. Some counties have even halted Intoxilyzer 8000 alcohol breath tests until the problems are corrected.

DUI and Your Drivers License

We have helped clients retain full driving privileges or obtain hardship licenses in driver's license suspension hearings, which are separate from the criminal proceedings. We have also been effective in reinstating driver licenses after a DUI conviction. Attorney has developed successful strategies to win driver licenses back for our clients at the administrative review hearings. The firm has won countless appeals in court when the DMV has wrongfully maintained a suspension. As a result our clients have enjoyed the benefit of driving with a valid license during the dependency of their DUI criminal case. Due to our success in the criminal case and the administrative suspension case our clients have not had the problems associated with losing their license following their arrest.

Board Certified in Criminal Defense

Criminal defense attorney Mitch Stone has served on the faculty of seminars specifically designed to instruct defense attorneys on ways to successfully challenge police procedure, the accuracy of breath tests and field sobriety exercises that are commonly used in DUI arrests in Florida. As an assistant state prosecutor, he worked with the State's breath test expert and DUI Enforcement officers who are specifically trained in making DUI arrests. He learned how evidence should be collected as well as the limitations of such evidence. He is one of only a few Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers in the entire state of Florida who focus on DUI defense.

Call Stone Lockett immediately at 904-396-3335 if you have been charged with a drinking and driving or DUI. We are available 24/7 to protect your rights.