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 […]
February 1, 2021

A Cheat Sheet: What to Ask Your Potential St. Augustine DUI Lawyer 

 Who you choose to represent you in a DUI case is a very important decision. This is a life-changing event, with many things on the line. So don’t just take anybody. Take the time to interview several St. Augustine DUI attorneys. And when you do, ask […]
January 19, 2021

You Got it Wrong! Famous and Infamous Myths About DUI

You might think you know some things for sure about drinking and driving. But do you?  When you’ve been pulled over and an officer says you’re driving under the influence, you can scream “Fake news!” all you want. And it may very well be fake news, […]
January 4, 2021

Can I Be Fired for Getting a DUI?

Part of what’s so powerful about getting arrested for DUI in St. Augustine is just how many different ways it can affect your life going forward.  While you might want to minimize your DUI arrest in your mind as much as possible, the truth is that […]
December 23, 2020

How to Find a Lawyer in St. Augustine

Whether it’s for a DUI or a range of other needs, choosing the right legal representation is vitally important, so you should be careful making that choice. There are two professions where people are sometimes forced by circumstances into choosing someone to help them, knowing little […]
December 7, 2020

What is DUI School Like?

After you’ve worked with your St. Augustine DUI Attorney to get through your case and sentencing, a highly likely requirement will be a course at DUI school. Be a good student.  You’ve probably had a lot of questions throughout your DUI experience. And hopefully you had […]
November 23, 2020

How Many Drinks Before You Risk a DUI?

Know your limits. And know how quickly and easily your limits are reached. Any good St. Augustine DUI attorney will tell you; the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive. And the best way to not drink and drive is to […]
November 9, 2020

Taking a DUI Case to Trial

If you think a proposed plea deal isn’t good enough, you have a right for you and your St. Augustine DUI attorney to take your case to trial. But if you do, you should know what you’re getting into.  When and why would you want to […]
October 26, 2020

Things Police Officers Don’t Like During a DUI Stop

There’s not a single thing to be gained by making an officer who pulled you over for a possible DUI get an even worse impression of you. Your St. Augustine DUI attorney won’t be in the car with you when you get pulled over. And while […]
October 12, 2020

What to Expect in Jail After a DUI Arrest

You don’t get to control anything. And nobody is going to care how you review your stay on Yelp. When you think of life’s unpleasantries to avoid, you think of Yoko Ono concerts, root canals, and dinners with that couple that only wants to talk about […]
September 28, 2020

What is Probation for a DUI Like?

Remember getting grounded by your parents as a kid? They may have been preparing you for the court system.  Once you and your St. Augustine DUI attorney emerge from court, you’ll most likely have probation as a part of your sentence. These are restrictions the court […]
September 14, 2020

Pleading and Plea Bargaining in a DUI Case

Pleading and Plea Bargaining in a DUI Case Courts are highly motivated to make a deal with you. You and your St. Augustine DUI Attorney just have to figure out if it’s the best deal possible.  Do you have a grand vision of your DUI case […]
August 17, 2020

What to Look for in a St. Augustine DUI Attorney

What to Look for in a St. Augustine DUI Attorney Anyone who’s been convicted of DUI and gotten a harsh sentence will gladly tell you; it really, really matters who your lawyer is. You probably think the time to look for and choose a qualified St. […]
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