Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Gainesville
Payment Plans are Available for DUI Defense in Alachua County
Phone (352) 448-3400
Alachua County DUI attorneys Whittel & Melton are a full service Florida law practice with a focus on DUI defense. The law firm is composed of former State Prosecutors and former nominees for State and Federal office.
Being charged with a DUI in Florida raises many questions. Will I lose my driver's license? How much will this cost? Will I lose my job? Will I be sent to jail? What should I do?
- Whittel & Melton have over 20 years of experience in Florida DUI defense
- Full-service DUI law firm ready to answer any questions you may have
- Free initial DUI consultation
- Speak with a Alachua County DUI attorney right away to protect your driving privileges and your rights
Arrested for DUI in Gainesville, Florida?
Call for a Free Consultation with Whittel & Melton
For answers to your questions, contact Alachua County DUI attorneys Robert Whittel & Jason Melton by filling out the consultation request form or by calling 352-448-3400. Your inquiry is free and confidential. The initial meeting is free, so call now.
It is important to begin building your DUI defense case immediately! The State of Florida will suspend your driver's license just 10 days after your arrest for drunk driving in Alachua County if you do not challenge the suspension. The Alachua County DUI lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the experience to make that appeal and help you save your driving privileges. If you fail to adequately appeal the suspension of your driver's license, you could be without your driver's license for up to 18 months. The drunk driving defense lawyers and staff at Whittel & Melton will work with you every step of the way to see that you get the best possible outcome from your DUI in Florida. Whittel & Melton has well over twenty years of Florida DUI legal experience.
Penalties for a DUI in Florida
The consequences of an arrest for drunk driving in Alachua County, Florida can be huge, and determining the right course of action can be difficult. Fortunately you do not have to go through the process alone. Alachua County DUI attorneys Whittel & Melton can help. DUI Attorneys Jason Melton and Robert Whittel will work to develop the best defense for you. They focus on Florida DUI defense and DUI laws, and they can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Gainesville DUI Lawyer Robert Whittel
Alachua County DUI lawyer Robert Whittel was a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy. After graduating with honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Whittel served several years aboard international cargo ships and was later admitted to the University of Florida Law School. Robert continued his education at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was one of only two Americans in his class to receive an LL.M. – Master of Law degree.
Before defending those accused of Florida DUI, Robert Whittel handled complex civil litigation at a large multi-national law firm and then was a DUI Prosecutor in South Florida on behalf of the State of Florida.
Robert Whittel is a past member of the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Attorney Whittel is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida. He is also licensed to practice law in Georgia, New York and Washington D.C.
Before defending those accused of Florida DUI, Robert Whittel handled complex civil litigation at a large multi-national law firm and then was a DUI Prosecutor on behalf of the State of Florida.
Robert Whittel is a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Attorney Whittel is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida. He is also licensed to practice law in Georgia and Washington D.C.
Florida DUI Manslaughter Attorney Jason Melton
Alachua County DUI attorney Jason Melton is a qualified and experienced attorney who dedicates the majority of his practice to trial matters. Jason Melton is a member of the Florida Bar, the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Melton is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell with a 5.0 out of 5.0 score, has been lauded by the Super Lawyers publication of Thomson-Rueters and is a member of Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Prior to aggressively defending those charged with DUI, Jason Melton was a former DUI State Prosecutor for Florida in and for Miami-Dade County. Due to high caseload from the 11th Judicial Circuit, incredible insight and experienced was gained early in Mr. Melton’s career. Adding to this knowledge base, and understanding of the legal process and formulation of effective DUI defense strategies, attorney Jason Melton also has experience working for both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Small Business Administration.
Florida DUI lawyer Jason Melton graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
DUI Law Firm Locations
11020 Northcliffe Blvd
Spring Hill, FL
123 N Florida St
2627 NW 43rd St #201
3700 Airport Road, Suite 303
Boca Raton, FL
111 W Main St, #303
118 SW Fort King St
200 Central Ave, #400
St. Petersburg, FL
2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd, #300
EXAMPLES OF PAST DUI RESULTS:
Client was arrested for DUI involving a crash where the Client crashed into a motorcyclist who had stopped at a red light. Our Client hit the motorcycle driver at a high rate of speed causing serious injury to the motorcycle rider. Client was found to have both alcohol and drugs in his system. Client immediately hired attorney Robert Whittel to defend him in the case. Attorney Whittel built a defense based on the fact that there was not sufficient witnesses in the case and the Prosecutors could not prove the combination of drugs and alcohol impaired the Client. RESULT - After a jury trial, Client was found NOT GUILTY.
Defendant was charged with Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") and the defendant refused to submit to a breathalyzer. At trial, Attorney Robert Whittel successfully argued that the field sobriety exercises offered by the arresting officer did not prove the defendant was guilty. RESULT - Not Guilty at Trial.
Defendant was arrested for his second DUI in less than one year and blew into the intoxilyzer above the legal limit of .08. Defense attorney Robert Whittel challenged the results of the field sobriety exercises and the results of the breath machine. Attorney Robert Whittel used an expert witness to show that the breathalyzer machine used had not been properly maintained. During trial the Prosecutor reduced the charge to Reckless Driving. RESULT - Charges Reduced.
Phone (352) 448-3400