Crestview DUI Lawyer
Drunk driving is a serious crime that puts the safety of everyone on the road at risk. Police, prosecutors, and Judges are under a lot of pressure to come down hard on DUI offenders. In this environment, it is very important to have an advocate on your side who will fight for your best interest.
Whether you are a local Crestview resident, a military member, or a traveler passing through on I-10, if you have been accused of drunk driving, do yourself a favor and start taking the right steps to protect yourself.
My name is Tim Flaherty. For over 16 years, my team and I have been defending clients accused of DUI in Crestview and throughout Okaloosa County. We take our responsibility to our clients very seriously, and our #1 goal in your case will be to avoid a DUI conviction.
Usually, clients who are accused of DUI are embarrassed when they come to us. Regardless of what you did, we operate on the philosophy that every client is worth fighting for. We will not judge you. Our job is to help you feel better and more confident about where you stand, not worse.
Understanding what’s at stake
At Flaherty Defense Firm, we know just how much is at stake for you if you’ve been charged with DUI. Your job, your financial stability, your ability to drive, and your relationships with other people could all be on the line. Additionally, a DUI will stay on your record FOREVER if you are convicted—it cannot be expunged or sealed. We know just how much a conviction can affect your future, and that’s why we’re committed to helping you fight back so that you can put this situation behind you.
In Okaloosa County, YOU ONLY HAVE 10 DAYS after being charged with DUI to request a hearing to save your license, so you need to make sure that you act quickly and reach out to us today to give yourself the greatest chance possible to protect your driving rights.
What can a DUI attorney do to help me?
DUI cases are technical and complex. There are evidentiary and scientific issues that require a lot of expertise to understand. Here at Flaherty Defense Firm, we have developed a comprehensive system to review DUI cases that targets the issues that get results for our clients.
We will start by reviewing the police reports, witness statements, body camera video evidence, and intoxilyzer room video. We will also carefully review the accuracy, usage, and maintenance records for the Intoxilyzer 8000 if a breath result was obtained in your case.
We will look at the case from start to finish, from the time the police officer got behind you, to the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop, to the administration of field sobriety tests, all the way through your arrest and subsequent breath test, if you provided one.
Rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned.
What penalties am I facing for a DUI in Crestview?
|Charged Offense||Potential Jail/Prison||Potential Probation||Driver’s License Suspension||Fines||Ignition Interlock Device||Vehicle Impound|
|1st Offense||Up to 6 months||Up to 12 months||6-12 months||$500-$1000||N/A||10 days|
|1st Offense, BAC >1.5||Up to 9 months||Up to 12 months||6-12 months||$1000-$2000||Min. 6 months||10 days|
|2nd Offense||Up to 9 months||Up to 12 months||6-12 months||$1000-$2000||Min. 12 months||10-30 days|
|2nd Offense, within 5 years of prior DUI||Up to 9 months, 10 days min. mandatory||Up to 12 months||Min. 5 years||$1000-$2000||Min. 12 months||30 days|
|3rd Offense||Up to 12 months||Up to 12 months||6-12 months||$2000-$5000||2 years||30 days|
|3rd Offense, within 10 years of prior DUI||Felony Conviction – 5 years, 30 days min. mandatory||Up to 5 years||Min. 10 years||$2000-$5000||2 years||30 days|
|4th Offense||Felony Conviction – 5 years||5 years||Permanent||$2000-$5000||N/A||30 days|
The main factor that will influence what penalties you face is whether this is a first offense, or if you have ever had another DUI or drunk driving related offense anywhere, at any time in your life.
Any DUI conviction beyond your third will automatically be charged as a felony, with up to 5 years in prison and a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license.
Let us ease your stress after a DUI arrest in Crestview
When we are entrusted with your defense, our #1 goal will be to win your case. If we are not able to win the case, we will do everything possible to minimize the penalties or get the charge reduced to a lesser offense. Either way, we will not just take the first plea offer made by the state. We will keep working for the best result possible.
When you are ready to put a professional, experienced Crestview DUI attorney to work for you, call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 398-8098.