Providing Criminal Defense and DUI lawyer services for Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Port Charlotte areas

Criminal Defense Lawyer
941-484-1230
Venice and Sarasota, Florida

Venice. FL DUI Defense

Edward Earl Whittemore

Edward Whittemore Attorney
Penalties
Attorney Edward Earl Whittemore will provide top-notch legal representation, offering the most experienced and highly qualified criminal defense team in the Venice, FL community. With more than 30 years of legal experience, I have provided superior service to my clients and have assisted them in achieving their goals and representing their interests.

With over three decades of trial experience practicing in both Florida and Massachusetts, Edward Whittemore’s commitment to legal excellence has earned us the reputation as the best criminal defense law firm in the area. I can help you get the best possible outcome, and I’ll be your voice in the legal system.

My DUI Defense Practice Includes:
  • Contest field sobriety test
  • Fight suspended drivers license
  • Contest breath test results
  • Contest blood alcohol tests
  • Represent your interests
Court: HOW IT WORKS!

The first court appearance in your DUI process is the Arraignment. This initial hearing will include the judge informing you of your charges and your rights, and what penalties may be enforced. At this time, you have the chance to enter a guilty, not guilty or no contest plea. If I represent you, you will NOT have to appear at the Arraignment. The rules of criminal procedure allow me to waive your physical presence and appear on our behalf.

Your case will then be schedule for Case Management in approximately 4- 6 weeks. You will NOT be required to appear at case management. I will appear on your behalf and find out which prosecutor and judge have been assigned to your case. I will obtain all relevant paperwork and reports related to your case. I will analyze all the information in an attempt to assess the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. I will attempt to resolve your case without the necessity of proceeding to a jury trial. As a practical matter, it will take several trips to court to effectively resolve your case. I will appear in court on your behalf as many times as is required in an effort to get you the most favorable resolution.

PENALTIES

The penalties for a DUI conviction under Florida law are very harsh. The consequences of a conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. While the specific penalties will vary based upon the individual facts of your case, they may include some or all of the following:
  • Fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Probation
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Community service
  • Alcohol counseling/treatment
Penalties for a DUI conviction will vary depending upon the facts surrounding your case, among the various factors are the following:
  • Breath Test Results/ Blood Alcohol Level
  • Did you refuse to provide a breathalyzer and/or blood test sample
  • Was there a child in the car at the time of the offense
  • Did you receive a citation for a moving traffic violations
  • Were you involved in a motor vehicle auto accident and/or personal injury
  • Do you have a prior conviction for DUI, in or out of state
A first DUI conviction may result in the following penalties being enforced by the court:
  • Adjudication of Guilt
  • Fine
  • License suspension for up to 1 year
  • Imprisonment for up to 9 months
  • 10 day vehicle impoundment
  • Probation for up to one year
PRIOR CONVICTIONS

Prior DUI Convictions

If you have been arrested for a second, third or subsequent DUI offense, you will need to take immediate action to fight your charges. The penalties for a second or subsequent DUI offense are very severe. The length of time between the conviction date of the prior offense and the date of arrest for the current offense is a critical element that must be evaluated in preparing your defense.

Penalties for Second or Subsequent Offenses:

A prior DUI convictions may result in enhanced penalties for your current offense. Among the enhanced penalties, there is the possibility of a longer license suspension, increased monetary fines and longer terms of incarceration. In addition, you may face the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle that will prevent you from starting your car unless you give a breath sample that is free from alcohol. Finally, if you are accused of a third DUI offense within 10 years of prior offenses, the prosecutor has the option of filing the case as a felony in the Circuit Court.

If any of the options listed above apply to you, contact Attorney Edward Whittemore immediately. I have 30 years of experience and will stand between you and the prosecutor to provide a shield and representation against these serious enhanced penalties.

Contact Edward Earl Whittemore today at 941-484-1230, or browse our website for more information about Penalties or DHSMV / License Suspension.