Criminal Law & DUI

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, call Stokes Law Firm today. Protect your rights!

Being arrested and charged with a crime is one of the most stressful events that can happen in a person’s life. Even a minor criminal case will trigger worrisome questions like: Will I go to jail? Will I lose my job? Will I lose my driver’s license? Will this arrest stay on my record? How will this affect my immigration status? Will I have to report this to my boss, or disclose it on my college application?

Whether you are being investigated or you have already been charged with a crime, Stokes Law Firm has earned a reputation for aggressive representation grounded in solid research, thorough investigation, negotiations, and preparedness.  We have counseled thousands of clients throughout Florida faced with the accusatory finger of the government.

We have extensive jury trial experience in cases of:

  • Drunk Driving/ DUI
  • Shoplifting/Retail Theft
  • Homicides
  • Assault
  • Sex Crimes
  • Drugs and Narcotics Charges
  • Probation Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Domestic Violence Cases
  • Violent Crimes
  • Gun Violations
  • Internet Crimes
  • Investigations
  • Juvenile Matters

A strong defense in a criminal case is the key to your freedom and your future. Every criminal case contains uncertainty and the outcome of your case depends upon the facts surrounding the crime charged, the strengths/weaknesses of the evidence, the validity of the enforcement and court procedures, the goals and strategies of the prosecution and, of course, your defense. As your defense team, Stokes Law Firm will navigate you through this complicated legal process. We will educate you about the legal and practical risks, as well as the consequences presented by your case and defenses.

Regardless of whether the charge involves Assault, DUI, Shoplifting/Retail Theft Violation, Probation, Drugs or Homicide, our approach to your defense is multi-faceted. Pre-trial motion practice is aggressively pursued to help clarify the issues, limit the evidence, prevent surprises and eliminate baseless charges. Your case will be fully analyzed and your options will be thoroughly explained to you. Stokes Law Firm will handle all major legal aspects of your case, from start to finish.

Why Call Stokes Law Firm?

If you have been accused or charged with a criminal offense, it’s in your very best interest to hire a knowledgeable criminal lawyer to represent you in court. An experienced attorney can drastically increase your chances of receiving a favorable result or verdict by building a strong case, collecting compelling evidence, and negotiating with prosecutors to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Convictions resulting from violent crimes including assault, domestic violence, and homicide will ruin your life. In addition to facing jail time and fines, you may also find you are unable to secure housing, a job, or loans after serving your time. There are instances where the prosecutor will file enhanced charges in the hopes of obtaining a conviction on a lesser crime. Since we have former prosecution experience, we can help you fight back against any charges pertaining to a violent crime. We will take the time to understand the circumstances of your arrest, determine what charges you are facing, and let you know the potential outcomes if you are convicted. We will discuss your defense strategy with you, so you understand how we will proceed.

Don’t let a criminal offense ruin your life or jeopardize your freedom. Over the years we have developed a good working relationship with law enforcement and the various State Attorneys’ Offices. The State knows that Stokes Law Firm can and will zealously represent its clients.

DUI

DUI

A Drunk Driving arrest does not have to change your life. You Have Rights! Call Stokes Law Firm and get our experienced DUI lawyer fighting for you. Call us today.

If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are likely concerned about the possibility of losing your driver’s license and/or going to jail. You may also be confused regarding what to do next.   Stokes Law Firm is here to help you during this difficult and confusing time.

If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, it is crucial you seek the legal advice and professional and aggressive representation as soon as possible. Often, defendants in drunk driving cases believe because they have failed a breathalyzer test there is no option but to plead guilty.  At Stokes Law Firm we can help you avoid some of the more serious consequences of this situation.   If you wait too long, it may affect our ability to help you achieve a successful outcome.

Florida DUI Explained

A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) are considered criminal acts in the state of Florida. The actual charge occurs when you are caught operating a truck, automobile, motorcycle or another form of transportation while you are under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, controlled substances, or another substance that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle safely.

What Happens After You Are Arrested for DUI?

You have a period of 10 days after the day you are arrested for requesting an administrative hearing with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). At this hearing, you can request to receive hardship driving privileges. These are only given to someone while the legal process is underway for DUI charges.

At Stokes Law Firm, we can help ensure you schedule your administrative hearing in a timely manner, to avoid losing this opportunity to keep driving. Our team is committed to helping protect your rights and provide you with the highest level of legal representation and service available.

Who Can Be Charged with a DUI?

While it’s obvious that those behind the wheel of a vehicle driving down the road may be charged with DUI if they are intoxicated, there are other times you may be charged with this crime as well. For example, you may discover you are arrested for a DUI even if you aren’t actually driving your vehicle. Just sitting in your car with the keys in the ignition can result in a DUI arrest. Also, DUI charges are not just limited to motor vehicles. You can also be charged with this crime while on a golf cart, moped, bicycle or operating any other type of transportation. Even though this may seem a bit excessive, law enforcement officers and prosecutors work hard to enforce the laws related to drinking and driving or being under the influence of a substance that has the possibility of causing injuries, property damage or death.

According to Florida statutes, you may be prosecuted if you are found driving with the following:

  • The presence of cocaine or a Schedule 1 drug in your system
  • If you are impaired in any way
  • If you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or more

When you retain our DUI defense services, we will make sure you understand your legal rights and take the time to examine all of the evidence that has been gathered against you. We will then work diligently to help get the charges reduced, completely dropped or help you receive probation rather than time in jail or prison. If necessary, we will use all the legal resources we have to represent you at trial.

Potential Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Depending on the charges you face, your past criminal history and the presence of any special circumstances of the alleged DUI, some of the consequences of a criminal conviction for DUI include:

  • Lengthy probation periods
  • Hefty fines
  • Community service
  • Forfeiture of your civil rights
  • Suspension of your driving privileges
  • Potential time in prison or jail
  • Possibility of vehicle forfeiture
  • Potential forfeiture of your assets or property 

Contact Our DUI Lawyer

The team at Stokes Law Firm provides you with professional DUI legal services to ensure your rights, liberties, and freedoms are protected. We will work diligently to have the charges against you dropped or reduced and defend your case in a trial if necessary.

We understand that the prosecution will work hard to convince the judge to give you the harshest sentence possible. Make sure you have our legal services on your side to give you a quality defense. If you are facing DUI charges, contact Stokes Law Firm today.