DUIs: Why you need an experienced attorney
One of the most serious traffic charges a person can face is a DUI, or driving under the influence. The penalties are steep for a DUI, especially if the driver has been convicted previously. In Florida, a DUI is an offense that’s punishable in multiple ways – including jail time that can in some cases be for years. And while a drunk driving charge is not to be taken lightly, an experienced attorney like Joseph Knape can provide tremendous counsel in building a solid defense, especially if it’s the first time a driver has committed a DUI offense.
No two DUI cases are the same, because every instance depends on the driver, their history and driving behavior. As a private criminal defense attorney and former public defender, Joe has established a reputation as an aggressive trial attorney who will tailor his defense personally to fit his clients’ needs. See below some ways he’s actively fought for clients facing DUI charges.
On his client’s side
Attorney Joe Knape is a DUI specialist with years of experience dealing with all levels of DUIs. He aggressively represents clients and makes sure they get the best defense available throughout the entire process. Joe understands that criminal traffic violations, like DUIs, in Florida are likely to result in an immediate license suspension or even immediate arrest. The driver will then have to appear in court on their assigned court date and submit their plea. Having an experienced attorney and excellent legal counsel is crucial in every step of the process when it comes to a DUI charge, and Joe Knape is that attorney.
Challenging the evidence
One of the reasons Joe is an expert in handling DUI cases is his willingness to challenge the evidence, especially breathalyzer evidence. Most times in the case of a DUI, the driver’s license is suspended by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for either the driver refusing to submit to the breathalyzer or providing a breath sample above the legal limit. In the case of a sample, Joe will challenge the evidence taken from the breathalyzer.
Additionally, when it comes to criminal traffic cases, many violations are based on the proof that the police officer on the scene is able to give. Oftentimes, the officer does not have sufficient proof and bases it on their opinion. This is another example of how Joe will challenge evidence provided in DUI cases to ensure clients have a strong defense.
An aggressive approach
In addition to being known for his expertise in DUI cases, Joe is also revered for his aggressive, relentless approach. Joe will take cases to trial, file motions to suppress and be aggressive with the DMV and prosecutors. Joe makes it his mission is to treat every client’s problem as if it were his own, which helps him in his approach and to achieve excellent results for clients.
What clients have said
As a seasoned DUI attorney, Joe has helped numerous clients in tough cases involving these charges. Clients have said that Joe helped keep them out of jail, fought for them, saved them hundreds of dollars in fees and even helped get their license reinstated in less than a year.
Are you or someone you know facing a DUI charge? You need an experienced attorney by your side to fight for you and build a solid defense. Call us at the offices of attorney Joseph Knape at 850-225-5563 or set up a free consultation online.