Jacksonville Misdemeanor DUI Defense Lawyer
Fighting Your DUI/DWI Charge 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 in Jacksonville 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 have been arrested in Northeast Florida for driving drunk, Mitchell A. Stone, P.A. can help. Contact us immediately for a free consultation with our criminal defense lawyer.
We don't simply take a DUI case and advise you to plead guilty.
DUI defense lawyer Mitch Stone challenges the reason for the stop, detention and arrest, and the results of breath tests and roadside sobriety exercises in the pretrial stages. He has won DUI cases by suppressing evidence, getting DUI charges reduced to simple traffic offenses, or obtaining the outright dismissal of charges. He has 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. DUI misdemeanor offenses involve:
- 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)
The consequences of a DUI conviction may include jail time, fines, license suspensions, permanent license revocations, alcohol and drug chemical dependency treatment, ignition interlock devices, and loss of employment.
Important note: The Florida Legislature recently changed a third DUI offense to a felony with mandatory incarceration for conviction.
Experienced Defense for All Drunk Driving Offenses
Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., has earned a reputation as one of the most effective DUI/DWI defense firms in Florida. The strength and aggressiveness of his 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 misdemeanor DUI cases.
In particular, board-certified criminal defense attorney Mitch Stone has had success challenging the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machines. Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., has made it a point to analyze legal issues and technical issues associated with the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine. As a result of information discovered, the state of Florida has had to acknowledge deficiencies in this breath-testing machine used by Florida law enforcement. Some counties have even had to stop using the Intoxilyzer 8000 alcohol breath test machines until the problems are corrected.
DUI & Your Driver's 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 Mitch Stone 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 sustained a suspension. As a result our clients have enjoyed the benefit of driving with a valid license during the pendency 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 handles DUI defense cases.
Call Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., immediately at (904) 263-5005 if you have been charged with a drunk drinking or DUI. We are available 24/7 to protect your rights.