Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer
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.
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED DUI DEFENSE
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 defense 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.
METICULOUS ATTENTION AND SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE
Bill Roelke has honed his legal abilities throughout his more than a quarter-century as a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer. 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.