DUI Defense


Arrested for DUI in Tallahassee?

The Longer You Wait, the Fewer Options You Have

If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Tallahassee, it’s vital that you obtain representation as soon as you can.  It can be gut-wrenching to get charged with a DUI, especially if you’ve never been in trouble with the law before.  However, as soon as the arrest is made, the clock on Florida’s “Ten-Day Rule” starts to tick. The longer you wait, the fewer options you have.  Hurry – defend yourself.

What is the “Ten-Day Rule”?  Simply put, there are two parts of a DUI case.  The first is the criminal case, where your freedom and reputation are at stake (i.e., you are facing jail time).  While this is extremely important, the “ten-day rule” is related to the other area, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) case – the administrative side of the case – in which your license is at stake.
The ten-day rule goes into effect if you refused to take a breath, blood, or urine test or if you took the test with a result of 0.08% or higher.  If you do not request a hearing, your license can be suspended for at least 6 and up to 18 months.  Don’t allow any delay to jeopardize your driving privileges.  The sooner you contact Attorney Joe Bodiford, the sooner he can start crafting your DUI defense.

Achieving the Best Possible Outcome for Our DUI Clients

Once your FDHSMV hearing has been scheduled, your DUI case is just beginning. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you are facing a variety of possible penalties. In the State of Florida, the sanctions for driving under the influence can include:

  • Jail time
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Community service
  • DUI school
  • Victim impact panel
  • Fines
  • Vehicle impound
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
A defense attorney knowledgeable in the prosecution’s approach to DUI will begin by addressing the reason for the stop. Many of the driving behaviors that commonly lead to a stop are not necessarily the result of intoxication. From there, Mr. Bodiford will carefully investigate the details of your case and craft an individualized defense. Our firm’s philosophy is that a meticulous approach is crucial to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

An Experienced Attorney to Defend You

We have a strong record of getting our clients’ charges reduced. However, our philosophy is that a reckless driving reduction isn’t a win, it’s a compromise. Our goal is to seek the best possible outcome on behalf of every client. If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the Tampa area and want an experienced attorney to defend you, contact Joe Bodiford today.

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