If you are charged with Driving or Boating While Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, many people are scared, embarrassed, and unsure what to do. For example, one major area of distress to an accused is the concern that their employer will find out. Regardless the reason, all of those accused of this offense have a right to be concerned about the long-term legal consequences of a BUI/BWI or DUI/DWI.
There are many ways to fight a drunk driving charge, even if you are being charged as a repeat offender. BUI defense lawyer Craig A. Epifanio, of St. Petersburg, Florida, has considerable experience defending clients against BUI charges and other alcohol/drug related vehicle or vessel related offenses. He understands his client's concerns and he appreciates the seriousness of these matters. The consequences of a first-time DUI/DWI conviction are extremely serious, including potential jail time, loss of driver's license, higher insurance rates, fines, forfeiture of your vessel and a criminal record. Repeat offenders face even more serious consequences, including potential felony charges.
Attorney Craig A. Epifanio’s motto of Helping GOOD people in Unfortunate Situations means we not only represent those whohave been wrongfully accused of a BUI, but also those who merely exercised the wrong judgment by deciding to operate a vessel or car after having a drink. Whether you are truly guilty, or if the State just can not prove a case against you, not only should you have a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense lawyer, but the right to one who is going to zealously advocate for you, the client.
Attorney Craig A. Epifanio started his legal career as a public defender in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, where he handled hundreds of DUI/DWI cases and other criminal defense matters. The time there allowed him to build up a great deal of trial experience and familiarity with the rules and procedures of the local courts while he used his natural legal abilities to effectively defend clients against charges of driving or boating while intoxicated.
Individuals charged with driving under the influence or boating under the influence include:
- Out-of-state visitors
- Florida residents
- Repeat DUI offenders
- Those charged with additional criminal traffic infractions while driving under the influence, including vehicular manslaughter, crash-related DUI, driving while license suspended, reckless driving and violating probation
Contact our St. Petersburg, Florida, law firm as soon as possible so that we can help you understand your rights and the potential consequences of a DUI or BUI. Call 727-528-1859 or in Tampa call 813-277-0800.