Sarasota DUI Attorney
The Wade Law Firm has handled countless of DUI cases and knows what it takes to fight your DUI in Sarasota County. Depending on whether or not this is your first, second or subsequent DUI or if your DUI involves bodily injury or death, you are either charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. You can check out the overview of DUI penalties on our website.
If you are charged with a DUI in Sarasota, North Port or Venice or another city in Sarasota County, you may have a chance to have your charges reduced. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the prosecutor's office may agree to reduce your charges to reckless driving or in very rare cases even to careless driving. However, in Sarasota County it is not easy to get the prosecutor to agree to a reduction of charges and it is definitely not a standard offer that the prosecutor's office will make. Oftentimes, the prosecutor who is in court would have to get approval from his or her supervisor before being able to agree to such a reduction. Having said that, it is extremely important to have a very sound legal argument for your defense. Even if it may look to you as though everything is lost, there may still be a legal argument or technicality that could be argued in your case in addition to many other arguments that could help in negotiations that are not just based on Florida law.
An offer to a reduced charge will likely only be made under certain circumstances and after negotiations with the prosecutor. Therefore, it is best if you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the way the prosecutor's office handles DUI cases in Sarasota County. It is not advisable to enter a plea to a DUI charge at your first court date before having an experienced defense attorney review your case even if you think you are guilty. Kerstin Wade has been able to have DUI charges reduced even if a breath test was taken and showed a breath alcohol level above 0.08. Check out our case results to see our past successes.Sarasota County DUI Resources
Sarasota County DUI School: The DUI school for anybody living in Sarasota County is handled by the State College of Florida. There are two branch offices for DUI school on Sarasota County:
SCF Sarasota Office:
1991 Main Street, Suite 123,
Sarasota FL 34236
Hours: Mon & Tue: 8:30am-3pm, Wed: 12pm-6:30pm, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am-3:00pm
SCF Venice Campus:
Bldg. 800 - Room 820. 8000 South Tamiami Trail,
Venice, FL 34293
Phone: 941-408-1520 or 941-408-15231
Registration Hours: Tuesdays: 8:30am-10:30am & 1pm-3pm. (Closed for Lunch 12pm-1pm Tuesdays). Thursdays: 1pm-6pm
Sarasota County Hardship Hearing Office: The DMV hardship hearings and hardship license applications are handled by the DMV Administrative Review Hearing Office in Clearwater. The contact information is as follows:
4585 - 140th Avenue, North, Suite 1002
Clearwater, FL 33762-3806
Kerstin Wade is very familiar with the way the Sarasota County prosecutor's office handles DUI cases. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
Submit the online form or call 813-401-0130 - an attorney will be available to speak with you even after hours and on the weekends.