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FAQs

Elsea Law FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defense

Hiring an attorney early in the investigative process may give you a better chance at getting the best result. An attorney working for you in a pre-file or pre-arrest posture will be able to reach out to law enforcement and prosecuting agencies to advocate for you while you exercise your right to remain silent.

At the Elsea Law Firm, we remain committed to providing you exceptional service in these trying times. Our office spaces allow us to meet privately in person. We also have a conference room where multiple people can meet and stay more than six feet apart. Facetime, Zoom, cell phone- we will explore and utilize methods that allow you to remain comfortable with and confident in your communications with us.

Sure, attorneys can be expensive.  But please understand- your relationship with your criminal defense attorney is one of the most important relationships you will ever have.  One of the reasons we offer free initial consultations is that we recognize that fit is important in creating an attorney-client relationship.  We are committed to working with you to develop a plan that works for you and for us.

If this is your plan- you need an attorney.  Miranda warnings are an area that most non-lawyers have heard of.  That does not change the fact that this area of law is nuanced and case-specific.  There is no requirement that Miranda rights be read by law enforcement during every encounter (or even every arrest).  The only way for you to have confidence in knowing whether and how potential misconduct by law enforcement affects your case is to speak with an experienced attorney.  We are here for you.

Absolutely! We want to make sure not only are we a good fit, but that we can give you the best criminal defense representation possible. Our first, initial consultation is always free.

DUI

Many factors come into play when deciding the penalty for a DUI case. Punishment for first-time DUI will be significantly more lenient than those with multiple offenses. Penalties can include fines, suspension of driver’s license, and even jail time. If you have been arrested for a DUI, it’s highly recommended to contact an experienced Tampa DUI attorney.

Florida utilizes jail sentences and fines on an escalating scale depending on the number of offenses. If you have been charged with a DUI and have a previous DUI charge, contact an experienced DUI lawyer today!

One is NOT required by law to submit a field sobriety test. However, refusal may result in the suspension of your license if you have already been read your implied consent notice.

Operating any kind of vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 0.08% is considered being under the influence of alcohol in the State of Florida.

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