Felony DUI

DUI is a serious offense that carries extremely severe penalties in Florida. When someone causes an accident resulting in serious injuries or the death of another person, it becomes a felony DUI. DUI serious bodily injury is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. DUI manslaughter also carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of four years if convicted. If you were involved in an accident and are being accused of driving under the influence, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

At the law firm of Ringsmuth, Day & O’Halloran, we represent clients in every type of DUI case, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Our Fort Myers DUI manslaughter attorneys have extensive experience in these matters, and we know what it takes to help you reach a positive result.

When you hire a firm to represent you in these cases, they must take action to immediately preserve critical evidence and to build a strong defense. Our lawyers have decades of knowledge that include evidence preservation, witness interviews and hiring the right experts, which has been developed from our years of experience handling serious DUI cases. We will take that knowledge and get to work immediately on your behalf.

We work through many complex issues that need to be resolved in DUI serious bodily injury and DUI manslaughter cases. Did the accused cause or contribute to the cause of the accident or is there a mechanical problem or other driver who caused the accident? Can law enforcement prove who was driving the vehicle? Was the driver impaired by alcohol, a controlled substance or a chemical substance? Is driving under the influence of the controlled substance or chemical substance prohibited? Did law enforcement lawfully obtain a blood test or the driver’s medical records? What is the accuracy of the blood test? These are only a small fraction of the many questions that our lawyers will answer. The case will be litigated by the skilled attorneys in our office.

With every case we accept, our attorneys realize the experts who are necessary to review the facts, including accident reconstructionists and toxicologists. We always try to immediately photograph the accident scene and the vehicles. We have relationships with experienced reconstructionists who takes measurements and gathers other critical data at the scene so that evidence does not disappear. The vehicles are carefully examined as well. These are just a sample of the efforts we take to preserve favorable evidence in your case and to attack the government’s charges. We also deal with insurance companies and will work to ensure that you don’t make incriminating statements.