Edward Liebling, Attorney At Law        (727) 725-3600

            Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist  (Federal & State Courts)

DUI & DUI Manslaughter

One of the most misunderstood and complicated offenses in

the state of Florida is driving under the influence (DUI).  These days,

getting stopped or arrested for DUI is a far cry from years past. 

Numerous statutory penalties have been enacted that seriously

affect everything from a public criminal record, driving privileges,

your employment, insurance costs and the list goes on.   Long gone are the days where the police just take your keys and call a cab.  By the time most people have called a lawyer, they likely have provided a good deal of "evidence" to the police which will eventually be used by prosecutors.  Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Edward Liebling has nearly 30 years of experience in DUI representation and is available for representation in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.

DUI Criminal Court Process Timeline

Initially, a DUI citation is issued and an arrest is made.  Sometimes, an arrest for a misdemeanor or felony DUI may come at a later date if law enforcement is awaiting test results of additional evidence such as blood or urine.  Depending on the particular circumstances and charges, a person may bond out or be released on their own recognizance (ROR). A court date is written on citation. You will need to attend this hearing if you have not retained legal counsel or a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

The first court date is an Arraignment. At the arraignment, the court may accept the following types of plea:   Not Guilty, Guilty or possibly No Contest.  The court will also inquire if you have an attorney.  If you retainBoard Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Edward Liebling, you will not be required to attend the arraignment.  Mr. Liebling will file paperwork notifying the court, clerk and prosecutor that you are pleading  NOT GUILTY and he will be the attorney of record.

At the Arraignment, a pre-trial conference hearing will be scheduled.  Prior to the first pre-trial conference, Mr. Liebling may have received “discovery” from the assigned prosecutor. Discovery includes police reports, a witness list, your criminal record history, if any, driving record and any other evidence the government intends to use against you. Once discovery is received, Mr. Liebling  will order the DUI video if one exists. This process usually takes time and may require additional pre-trial hearings (continuances).  Whenever any evidence is received, Mr. Liebling will then provide copies to you for review and consultation. 

At the pre-trial conferences, Mr. Liebling may request a new hearing date for a motion to suppress or dismiss if the facts of the case support it.   Mr. Liebling  may request a continuance to permit prosecutors additional time to review your case for a charge reduction in hopes that the prosecutor will agree to a charge reduction such as reckless driving.  After extensive consultation with Mr. Liebling, you may decide that setting the case for a jury trial is the best course of action. 

                          Call now to speak with Mr. Liebling: (727) 725-3600