August 23, 2022

What Happens If I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test? 

What Happens If I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?  Know in advance what to do if an officer asks you to help them prove you’re drunk It Even Happens to the Rich and Famous Around 1am on the morning of August 14, the 20-year-old daughter of Real […]
June 30, 2022

Threats to Your Ability to Drive

Threats to Your Ability to Legally Drive Famous last words: “What are the odds I’m going to get pulled over during the time I don’t have a license?” Considering it happens multiple times a day, every single day, probably a lot higher than you might think. […]
May 24, 2022

How to Pay for a Good DUI Attorney

DUIs are equal-opportunity arrests. They happen to everyone from tech billionaires to people bordering on homelessness. And all of them need qualified legal defenders.   As you’re sitting in jail after your DUI arrest, a lot of things are probably going through your mind. At the […]
April 18, 2022

The Long-Lasting Stigma of a DUI

Sadly, the legal issues you’re facing if charged with a DUI are only part of what you’ll have to deal with. Be prepared for the larger impacts it could have on your life. Sometimes, we get asked if having a St. Augustine DUI attorney is really […]
April 5, 2022

Can You Beat a Breathalyzer Test?

“Exhale. Keep exhaling until I tell you to stop. Congratulations, you blew it.” For as long as people have been drinking and driving and combining those two activities to varying degrees, there have been strategies and myths to “beat” law enforcement’s roadside breathalyzer testing. In the […]
March 23, 2022

16 Ways to Help Your DUI Lawyer Defend You

You’ll find a million articles about what a good DUI attorney can do for you. But there are things you need to do to help them as well.  Many people who have been arrested for DUI err on one side or the other of this equation. […]
March 7, 2022

When to Fight a DUI and When to Take a Plea Deal

Your natural impulse might be to have your St. Augustine DUI attorney fight your DUI charge until every last effort is exhausted. But is that always what’s best for you?  At first glance, the idea that you wouldn’t take a DUI charge to a trial and […]
February 22, 2022

13 Reasons You Need a DUI Attorney, Not Just Any Attorney

Can any St. Augustine lawyer handle a DUI case? Yes, if they agree to take the case. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to handle it as well as one that specializes in DUI cases. So, you have a family friend who’s a lawyer? Good for […]
February 3, 2022

What Gives an Officer “Probable Cause” to Pull You Over?

Before law enforcement can get you for a DUI, they have to be able to pull you over and detain you…legally. “What did I do?!” I’ll bet those were the first words out of your mouth the last time you got lit up by a law […]
January 18, 2022

Marijuana and DUI

Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can have you calling your St. Augustine DUI attorney. But law enforcement does have a tougher time convicting for marijuana DUI. Here’s why.  Celebrity DUIs usually make the news. Most recently, actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish was arrested on a […]
January 3, 2022

The Science of Blood Alcohol Content

The Science of Blood Alcohol Content   If you don’t care about the legal damage or danger posed to others by excessive drinking, at least understand the medical facts of what you’re doing.  We’ve heard a lot in the news lately about how people are reluctant […]
December 14, 2021

From Merry to Miserable: DUIs at Christmas and New Year’s

Like the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But if you’re careless in your celebrating, you’ll be remembering the holiday season for a DUI nightmare. Not to be a grinch, but the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period is an annual minefield for legal […]
December 2, 2021

Oops I Did It Again. What Happens When You Get a Second DUI

Perfect world, everyone learns their lesson the first time. But every day, many people choose to drink and drive…going round 2 with the legal system.  “Repeat offender.”  That’s quite a lot of baggage to have to carry around. It’s very hard to walk into a courtroom […]
November 10, 2021

My First DUI 

It isn’t minor. It isn’t “no big deal.” There is no, “I’ll just quickly deal with this and get past it.” A DUI arrest and/or conviction is a jarring, terrifying, long-lasting, extremely destructive life change. Not having a good St. Augustine DUI lawyer can be catastrophic […]
October 22, 2021

Know Your Booze! A Guide to Alcohol Content in Drinks

If you’re going to drink, the smart thing to do is to know how big a punch drinks pack.   Have you ever “studied” the alcohol content of various drinks? Probably not. For most of us, drinking starts fairly early in life and we’re just looking […]
October 8, 2021

What’s That Mean? DUI Terms and Definitions You’ll Want to Know

What you don’t understand CAN hurt you. You don’t have to know as much as your St. Augustine DUI attorney, but you should at least know what’s going on. Ever traveled to a foreign country without learning at least a few commonly used phrases? It’s a […]
September 30, 2021

Ways to Avoid Getting a DUI

The holiday party season is just around the corner. Here’s how to make sure it’s not a memorable time mostly because you got arrested and convicted.  More than 40% of traffic-related deaths during the holidays involve drunk drivers to some degree. Especially here in St. John’s […]
September 13, 2021

Getting a DUI Arrest Off Your Record

We all want to believe in clean slates and second chances, but DUI arrests can haunt you the rest of your life. However, there are some circumstances in which a quality St. Augustine DUI attorney can help make your record look a lot better. File this […]
August 30, 2021

What Should I Do at Traffic Checkpoints?

If you feel like there’s something fundamentally not right, even un-American about law enforcement roadblocks and checkpoints, you aren’t alone.  The debate about the legality, the ethics, and the effectiveness (or not) of police checkpoints has been raging for quite a while, and still is. In […]
August 17, 2021

When Does a DUI Become a Felony in Florida?

There are certain circumstances that will quickly take your arrest from bad to worse, and increase the importance of having a good St. Augustine DUI lawyer by your side.   What is your impression of getting arrested for a DUI? Do you equate it with getting […]
August 4, 2021

DUIs and Commercial Drivers in Florida

DUIs are bad enough, but if commercial driving is your livelihood, that livelihood can be gone in the blink of an eye.  If you drive for a living and get a DUI in your personal vehicle, you’re probably justifiably worried about your commercial driver’s license (CDL) […]
July 16, 2021

Boating Under the Influence in Florida

Fun! Sun! Waves! And yeah…possibly jail.   Here’s the first thing you should know. Boating under the influence is not treated as some lesser subset of driving under the influence. Law enforcement takes it every bit as seriously. And if you’re busted for it, you’re going […]
July 6, 2021

How Will Having a DUI Affect My Job?

Losing your job because of your DUI adds more injury to your already existing insult and injury.   You probably don’t want too many people to know about your DUI. At the top of that list is the person who can fire you and a) put […]
June 15, 2021

How DUI Cases Get Dismissed

There are several ways your St. Augustine DUI lawyer might approach getting your case dismissed. But nothing is a sure thing. It’s the fantasy of everyone who’s ever been arrested for DUI; that their case will somehow get thrown out on a technicality or some egregious […]
May 25, 2021

Stories of Life-Changing DUIs

True stories of people who though the exact same things you do now right before their lives were ruined forever.   Make no mistake, a good St. Augustine DUI lawyer, including Shoemaker Law, will represent and defend you to the best of their ability after a […]
April 26, 2021

DUI Laws in Florida

Knowing the DUI laws specific to your home state can be a nice deterrent to driving under the influence. Of course, you can be arrested in any state for DUI. They’re happy to oblige. And if that happens, you’ll be under the laws and jurisdiction of […]
March 30, 2021

The Worst Excuses for a DUI You Can Give 

No, DUI is not funny. It only takes one arrest and the sudden need for a St. Augustine DUI attorney to learn that. But it is funny what some people actually think is going to get the officer to just let them go.  In our other […]
March 18, 2021

How to Get Your License Back After a DUI

Getting your driver’s license back and getting back on the road after a DUI can be a lot more complicated than you think.   You’ve heard it many times; driving is a privilege, not a right. The fact that you own the car, that you live […]
March 2, 2021

Did You Know? Shocking Florida Drunk Driving Statistics

There’s some good news but still plenty of bad news that may find you in need of a St. Augustine DUI attorney, to be found in Florida DUI numbers.   The good news is, Floridians seem to be getting the message about drinking and driving. Either […]
February 16, 2021

DUI and Auto Insurance

Will you be able to get auto insurance after you’ve gotten a DUI in St. Augustine? Car insurance is not something that’s owed to you, or that you’re entitled to. When you buy auto insurance, you’re basically paying a company to take on risk you don’t […]
parallax background

Protecting your rights. Protecting your future. #ShoeLaw

Call Shoemaker Law today.

904-872-SHOE (7463)