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From traffic offenses to domestic violence, drug and marijuana charges to fraud and theft, Roelke Law has you covered. Call today to schedule a free consultation. Learn more.
Our firm is committed to defending residents of Jacksonville and nearby areas following any type of DUI arrest.Learn More
We’re not just a DUI firm. We represent clients who have been charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses.Learn More
An arrest for an alleged criminal offense—whether a misdemeanor or felony—can be a stressful and oftentimes traumatic experience for yourself and your loved ones. Regardless of the circumstances of the arrest, it is a situation that can lead to potentially serious consequences if not handled properly. When your future employment options, housing opportunities, and reputation are at stake, a dedicated and experienced Duval County criminal defense attorney can help you navigate Florida's legal system and fight for the best possible result.
Jacksonville criminal lawyer Bill Roelke has defended thousands of men, women, and youths in Florida's justice system. Every client receives the utmost dedication and guidance under his care, whether they are facing charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, first-degree drug trafficking, or other criminal offenses. Bill Roelke understands that a close relationship with clients can help reveal the smallest details that can help make the biggest difference in court.
With over 25 years of experience, Bill Roelke has represented clients in a variety of criminal defense areas. This includes driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence, drug charges, theft, violent crime, white collar crime, juvenile offenses, and other misdemeanor and felony offenses. Bill Roelke's extensive experience allows him to confidently represent clients in all matters of local, state, and federal law.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on a criminal charge, now is the time to begin building the strongest defense possible. Bill Roelke will provide you with a free, confidential consultation to help you understand the charges you face and the possible paths you have available to you. Call (904) 354-0333 or send an online message to take the important first step in pursing the best possible outcome for your case and your future.
Warning: If you have been arrested for DUI, you have 10 days from the time of your arrest to request a hearing with the Florida DMV to protest a driver's license suspension. This written request must be made if you would like to challenge the driver's license suspension.
The Sunshine State does not take these DUI offenses lightly. At the same time, it is important to note that you still have legal recourse after an arrest and an experienced Duval County DUI lawyer can fight to get your charges significantly reduced or possibly even dismissed.
A conviction for DUI is nightmare for people facing these charges in Duval County or any of the surrounding areas. On an immediate level, convictions can lead to costly fines, jail time, possible community service, or substance abuse classes. However, the long-term effects can often be the most detrimental.
For individuals in certain industries, a DUI charge can spell the end to a career or threaten professional licenses. Students may find themselves facing special disciplinary hearings, which can lead to academic probation or even expulsion. Combined with potential driver's license suspension and possible probation, these penalties can dramatically alter an individual's personal and professional life.
Breath or blood testing is often used to determine the alcohol level of anyone arrested for DUI in Florida. The results, however, are not above failure and error. As a former medical research scientist, Bill Roelke has a deep understanding of the science used in DUI cases, which can be used to your benefit in court. He can also identify any legal defenses that may be applicable to your case, such as whether your constitutional rights were violated or there was a lack of probable cause to even pull you over in the first place.
Whether you were arrested for your first DUI offense or you have previous drunk driving convictions, Jacksonville criminal attorney Bill Roelke will fight for you best interests. Contact Roelke Law, P.A. today to begin discussing your options for a brighter future. The initial consultation is free and can provide you with important information about Florida's criminal DUI process.
A criminal case can have multiple stages, but representing the client begins well before the initial court appearance. From the moment of arrest when alleged offenders are read their Miranda Rights in Duval County, they are informed of their right to an attorney. Skilled legal counsel can provide immediate guidance by helping the alleged offender avoid self-incrimination, and having legal representation as soon as possible allows the lawyer to gather time-sensitive evidence, witness testimony, and other documentation that can help build a solid defense.
Roelke Law, P.A. also fights for clients during Florida administrative hearings. This includes administrative license suspension hearings, protective order hearings, sealing and expunging criminal records, early termination of probation hearings, as well as several other matters.
The outcome of a hearing like this can have a profound effect on your liberty, just like a criminal conviction. Make sure you have strong representation in these matters.
Bill Roelke has honed his legal abilities throughout his more than a quarter-century as a Jacksonville criminal attorney. This includes a judicial clerkship and time spent as an associate or partner at several of Florida's prestigious law firms. While this enabled Bill Roelke to develop his potential as a legal tactician and advocate, he also maintains other skills that serve as a large asset for his clients.
With a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences, Bill Roelke has a keen understanding of the science and research integral in many criminal trials. Science is something that is used by the prosecution in an attempt to prove guilt; however, it can also be used by the defendant to prove his or her innocence. Bill Roelke's knowledge of the types of chemistry and biological science most often used by the prosecution can be invaluable in weakening evidence, especially in DUI cases which rely heavily on the results of blood alcohol content (BAC) level testing.
Office of the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit — The State Attorney’s Office (SAO) for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida is responsible for prosecuting all crimes committed in Duval County, Clay County, and Nassau County. The office is organized by divisions, including the County Court Division, the Circuit Court Division, the Juvenile Division, and specialized divisions such as the Homicide/Major Crimes Unit, Special Assault Unit, Sexually Violent Predator Unit, Traffic Homicide Unit, Public Corruption Unit, Drug Trafficking Unit, Civil and Forfeiture Division, and DUI/Impaired Driving Unit. This page of the SAO website contains information for victims such as a guide to the criminal justice system, victim advocacy, helpful resources, and other important information.
Ed Austin Building
311 West Monroe Street
Jacksonville, Florida, 32202
Jacksonville Bar Association — The Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) is more than 100 years old and is currently made up of over 2,000 members. The organization’s mission is “To Build a Strong Legal Community for the 21st Century” and it has a vision of serving as the forum for the legal profession, willing to take action and try innovative ways to better serve membership and the public in facing law-related community issues. The website contains various public resources, including information about attorney conduct, Lawyer Referral Services (LRS), Jacksonville Legal Aid, and legal clinics. You can also learn about the organization’s Board of Governors, committees, sponsors, and JBA news.
1 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Florida Department of Law Enforcement — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is a Florida government agency headquartered in Tallahassee with seven Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Fort Myers, and Miami. The mission of the FDLE is to “promote public safety and strengthen domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors.” The agency’s website has information about FDLE’s priorities, budget, history, and structure. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions, sign up for various alerts, or search FDLE systems for sexual offenders, missing children, or endangered persons.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) is a consolidated law enforcement agency that is responsible for law enforcement in the city of Jacksonville as well as Duval County. JSO has a mission “to protect the lives and property of the citizens of this community, to preserve the peace and to prevent crime and disorder while constantly guarding personal liberties as prescribed by law.” This link takes you to answers to some of the agency’s most frequently asked questions. You can also find annual reports, core values, and the agency’s history on this website.
Duval County Courthouse501 West Adams Street
St. Johns County Clerk of Court4010 Lewis Speedway
Nassau County Clerk of Courts76347 Veterans Way
Clay County Court825 North Orange Avenue
Am I going to have to appear in court?
This will usually depend on the specific charges you are facing. In certain cases, court appearances may not be required if your criminal attorney is able to obtain a plea bargain from the prosecutor. However, there may be other cases in which your appearance could actually help you in obtaining the most favorable outcome.
What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies?
A felony is any criminal charge for which a person can be sentenced to more than a year’s incarceration if convicted. A misdemeanor is a criminal charge that can result in a year or less in jail. A felony conviction has broad implications under both state and federal law, including the loss of voting rights and the right to possess a firearm. However, a misdemeanor also has long-ranging and lifelong consequences.
What is a “three strikes law” and does Florida have one?
The so-called “three strikes law” applies to people who have been convicted of three violent felonies (such as rape, sexual assault, or murder) in Florida. These individuals are classified as habitual offenders and can be subject to enhanced penalties, possibly including life in prison for certain offenses.
Will I be able to have my case sealed or expunged?
People can have their criminal records sealed or expunged for certain offenses in Florida after certain amounts of time have passed, depending on the alleged crime. You cannot seal or expunge your record if you were convicted, pleaded guilty to, or sentenced to jail or prison for your case or if you previously had your record sealed or expunged.
If I know that I am guilty, why should I pay to hire a lawyer?
Even in cases in which alleged offenders know that they broke the law, attorneys can make sure that these people do not accept plea agreements that cause a multitude of unforeseen problems later on. Having a defense attorney may allow you to have your charges reduced so the penalties are dramatically lessened or the case could even be thrown out if there was any kind of constitutional rights violation or police procedural error.
As the largest city in the state of Florida, Jacksonville has evolved into a thriving mecca of industry, leisure, and culture. The city “Where Florida Begins” boasts many accolades, including being named one of the Top 5 Up and Coming Cities by Good Morning America, Best Places to Retire by Newsweek, and #2 Best City for Renters by Forbes.
Roelke Law, P.A., located minutes away from the city's courthouse, is proud to call Jacksonville its home. Bill Roelke has represented clients from a variety of unique and diverse communities in the greater Jacksonville area, including Commonwealth, Woodstock, Lakewood, Sweetwater, Baymeadows, Oceanway, and San Jose. Criminal lawyer Bill Roelke has served Jacksonville for over 25 years and hopes to continue helping its residents safeguard their futures for years to come.
Call (904) 354-0333 today to speak with a dedicated criminal attorney in Jacksonville about your unique situation. Roelke Law, P.A. represents clients throughout Duval County, St. Johns County, Clay County, and Nassau County. This includes Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Bernandina, and many surrounding areas. Bill Roelke works with residents of these communities, along with college students, tourists, out-of-state guests, and international visitors. Each client, no matter what charge they are facing, gets the full benefit of Roelke's decades of legal and scientific knowledge.
Remember, the prosecutor and law enforcement officials do not have your best interests in mind. While you are waiting to act, they are working to build a case against you. Contact Roelke Law, P.A. today to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. Bill Roelke will provide the opportunity for you to get the answers you are looking for and begin setting down the foundation for the legal defense that will protect your freedom.
Bill Roelke is an avid participant in criminal defense associations to provide you with informed, insightful, and up-to-date defense strategies for a variety of criminal cases.
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