Compassionate Criminal Defense
for Driving Under the Influence

Under Florida Law, a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances carries harsh, costly, and long-lasting penalties. A range of sanctions can include incarceration, fines, temporary or permanent revocation of driving privileges, usage of mandatory interlock devices, and more. A conviction will affect your career, personal, and professional relationships. 

The Arrest and Criminal Process

In Florida, it is illegal to drive with a .08% blood alcohol content or higher. Law enforcement uses their discretion to administer breathalyzer, blood alcohol, and field sobriety testing based on probable cause, such as observance of a driver violating the road rules. If involved in an accident while under the influence causing property damage or personal injury, a driver is likely to be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor crime. 

Causing serious bodily injury while driving under the influence carries more serious charges. Repeat offenders typically receive increasingly harsher penalties for subsequent convictions. Manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges, including a fatality and leaving the scene of an accident or failure to render aid, are felony crimes with the possibility of 15-30 years’ imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. In Florida, a DUI conviction remains on your record for 75 years. 

We can Protect Your Rights and Your Freedom

At Sparrow & Fairchild, Attorneys at Law, we meticulously investigate every DUI charge to determine if our client was wrongfully accused. We can challenge the arrest after examining the evidence and work toward having the charges mitigated or dismissed. Perhaps the breathalyzer equipment was malfunctioning or not correctly calibrated. Field sobriety tests are based on subjective observations and can be disputed. Something other than alcohol consumption may have caused erratic behavior, such as a medical condition. Or perhaps the law enforcement officer failed to read Miranda rights to the accused upon their arrest. 

Our office works collaboratively with scientific experts to challenge the integrity of the evidence. Examining blood and urine sample testing procedures can expose errors in obtaining results. For blood and urine results to be admissible in court, a chain of custody must be established. These and many more scenarios are factors that we explore in defense of our clients. 

Offering Sound Legal Counsel in Ocala, Florida

Driving under the influence defense is very technical. When charged with a crime, having knowledgeable criminal defense legal counsel is one of the most critical decisions you can make. Attorney Jimmie Sparrow and Attorney Lee Fairchild are dedicated to providing compassionate legal guidance and ensuring the rights of those charged with DUI crimes are protected. The stakes are high, and at Sparrow & Fairchild, Attorneys at Law, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Call as soon as you are arrested so that we can start investigating on your behalf immediately. 

Place Your Trust in Sparrow & Fairchild, Attorneys at Law

Our law firm, located in Ocala, Florida, is available 24/7 for a confidential consultation to discuss your options so that you can make informed decisions about your future. Call us at 352-421-9261. We represent clients in Marion, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, and Alachua Counties, Florida. Our lawyers defend driving under the influence charges and a full range of State and Federal criminal charges in Florida.