William John DiPetrillo

Criminal Lawyer

CRIMINAL CASES VARY FROM TRAFFIC TICKETS TO MURDER

An experienced criminal lawyer can make the difference in your case.

There are various degrees of counts depending on the amount of drugs (weight), type of drugs and the situation. Drug court may be a possibility for first time offenders. Drug court is a long process which includes classes, urine screens and attending court once a month. However, successful completion of this process usually results in a dismissal of the charges.

You may have many defenses to fight your drug charge. Your criminal lawyer should get the discovery from the State. Then your criminal lawyer will try to build a defense.

DUI

Driving under the influence is now more penalized than some “serious” crimes. There are minimum mandatory fines, probation and requirements for first, second or third offenses. These include probation, driving school, community service hours and immobilization of your vehicle. Multiple offenses will include longer probation and classes and a breathalyzer in your car.

You do not need a criminal attorney to simply accept a plea. However, a good criminal lawyer can attempt to analyze the facts. Then take the case to trial or attempt to reduce the charge. There are defenses such as no probable cause for the original stop and other defenses.

You have the right to deny road side tests. The DMV has the right to suspend your license if you refuse a breath test. You have 10 days to request your DMV hearing or they will automatically suspend your license. Many people and attorneys forget to request your DMV formal review hearing. The Supreme Court has ruled this is a search and in most cases a warrant is required for a blood test.

Additional resources: Florida Drunk Driving, Be polite to police officers