Appealing a Drunk-Driving Conviction and Undoing a Guilty Plea

Jacksonville courts do something many other courts in Florida and around the country do not. In Jacksonville, when you go to your bond hearing the day after your arrest for a misdemeanor DUI charge, you will be offered the chance to plead “guilty” or “no contest” and then allowed to go home.

Many people asked to enter a plea and plead no contest without understanding what that is going to mean later on. They are scared, they don’t know what to do, before you are told what your bond will be. Others accept a guilty or no contest plea because they may not realize their rights were violated, that there could be issues with the breath test machine, or that they did have a defense. They may not have committed a crime at all!

It’s always a bad idea to plead guilty/or no contest before you’ve talked to a lawyer.

When you plead guilty or no contest you give up significant rights. You get a criminal conviction on your permanent record. You could lose your driver’s license – temporarily or permanently, depending upon your circumstances.

At the law office of Epstein & Robbins, we know that good people can run into big problems when they’ve been arrested for DUI in north Florida. We are here to help. If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact our Jacksonville law office online or call us at 904-354-5645. We are available 24/7.

We Handle DUI Appeals

At Epstein & Robbins, we can appeal your DUI conviction or other criminal conviction. We appeal DMV rulings. We also help clients get guilty or no contest pleas set aside so they can defend their cases in court.

You have 30 days from the time you plead guilty or no contest or are convicted of drunk driving to appeal your conviction. Do not delay in speaking with a lawyer.

DUI Appeals And Prior Convictions

In Florida, drunk driving convictions are cumulative. That means the more convictions you have, the worse the consequences of a current conviction.

Sometimes the only way to minimize the damage of a criminal charge is to seek a review of a prior conviction or plea.

  • For answers to your questions about the DUI/DWI defense and the administrative and criminal process, see our Drunk Driving FAQ.

When the odds seem to be against you, put experience on your side. Call the Jacksonville DWI defense lawyers of Epstein & Robbins: 904-354-5645.