It is not illegal to drink and drive in Florida, so long as your blood alcohol content (BAC) is not over .08 or your normal faculties are not impaired. At the law office of Edward Salantrie we advise our clients to neither blow into a breathalyzer machine nor do a roadside test

Why give evidence to the state if you don’t have to?

If you have submitted to a breathalyzer test and failed, that is not the end of your case. The Intoxilzer 5,000 and Intoxilzer 8,000 breathalyzer machines used to measure BAC in Florida have significant problems. If you have an expert witness and an experienced attorney who can challenge the accuracy of the machine in court, the BAC evidence may be thrown out.

The most important thing in DUI/DWI cases is early intervention by your attorney.

This preliminary involvement will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction, which are very serious in Florida. We will also represent you at your hearing before the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles in order to protect your right to drive. In addition to DUI/DWI charges, we represent clients in DUI accident cases, including:

  • Leaving the scene of accident with severe bodily injury
  • DUI/DWI severe bodily injury
  • DUI/DWI homicide
  • DUI/DWI manslaughter

There are defenses in DUI accident cases, which an experienced and capable lawyer can use. Even if you made a statement to police during your arrest, we can often time get that evidence thrown out of court. Any statement you give officers cannot be used against you due to the Florida accident report privilege.

Protecting your right to drive

Unless your request a DMV hearing within 10 days of arrest, you will lose your driver’s license. Even if your license is revoked, we can apply for a hardship license, which is usually immediately granted to you.