Gainesville DUI Defense Attorneys
There is a big difference between being arrested and charged with a crime and being convicted of a crime. People get arrested every day in Gainesville and the surrounding North Central Florida area for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol and face other criminal charges.
A DUI Charge Should Not Be Taken Lightly
If you have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence, then you are facing a Serious Life-Altering Event and you need to make some important decisions immediately!
Why is it so serious? Here are only a few of the many reasons that a DUI charge in Florida should be fought vigorously:
- A DUI in Florida is a mandatory criminal conviction! This is more serious than many felonies and can affect the rest of your life.
- A conviction means that if you are guilty of the crime. If convicted, your DUI record cannot ever be erased, sealed, or expunged. A DUI doesn’t go away. It can affect your present and future employment, admission to graduate schools, military options, and insurance rates.
- A DUI conviction in Florida will cause your insurance rates to skyrocket to as much as $3,000 to $5,000 per year for the next 3 to 5 years.
- In top higher education programs like the University of Florida, students may face suspension or expulsion.
- Your driving privileges could be completely revoked.
Police Mistakes in Gainesville Criminal Cases
However, keep in mind, being charged with a crime does not make you guilty of that crime. The phrase “Nobody is Perfect” applies to the police as much as it does to anyone else. Mistakes and procedural errors are common in Gainesville DUI/DWI and criminal cases.
- Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
- (352) 367-4000
- Gainesville Police Department
- (352) 393-7500
- Alachua Police Department
- (386) 462-1396
- Alachua County Jail
- Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
- Alachua County Family/Civil Justice Center
- Alachua County Clerk of Court
- Located on the Fourth (4th) Floor
- (352) 374-3636
Selecting a Gainesville DUI/DWI Defense Attorney
DUI cases are more complex and complicated to defend than many other felonies. The number of DUI cases successfully defended over a long period of time is how a attorney becomes skilled at DUI defense. This is THE single most important criteria for selecting a DUI attorney. It is critical to hire an attorney based on their qualifications and experience. Experienced, skilled representation is THE most important factor in a successful DUI defense.
Why Meldon Law for Your Gainesville DUI Defense?
As trial attorneys, Meldon Law is dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused. DUI defense is a sub-category of criminal defense attorneys, and not all criminal defense attorneys handle DUI cases. With six decades of DUI defense experience, our legal defense team including attorneys Jeffrey Meldon, and Carey Meldon have made DUI defense a concentration of their practice, and as a result they:
- Are experienced in DUI and criminal defense cases in Gainesville, and Alachua County.
- Take pride in their work.
- Are often referred cases from other attorneys throughout the state for DUI defense.
- Are aware of the up to date defense strategies.
- Became part of a statewide network of DUI attorneys that share defense information and tactics.
- Have regularly taught DUI defense strategies to other attorneys throughout Florida.
- Handled numerous DMV’s Formal Review Hearing.
- Handled numerous disciplinary actions on the behalf of University of Florida students, working with the University, (Here is the latest news regarding disciplinary actions for students violating the Student Code of Conduct with a first time DUI arrest.)
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, contact our office in Gainesville for a free consultation today by calling 800-373-8000 now.
They have also recently written the DUI Guide Book for Alachua County, Ways to Possibly Avoid A DUI Charge or Conviction. You can request your free copy today. This book, written by these experienced DUI defense criminal trial attorneys, gives insight into what a DUI charge is, what it takes to be over the legal limit, ways the State can prove the charge, and possible legal defenses.
Contact Experienced Gainesville DUI Defense Attorneys at Meldon Law
If you would like to speak with a Gainesville DUI attorney about your case, pick up the phone and call Meldon Law today at 800-373-8000. Attorneys Jeffrey Meldon, Carey Meldon, and Ian Pickens head up the experienced DUI defense team at Meldon Law and serve all of Alachua County, Florida.