Daryl Dykeman, Esq.
Specializing in DUI, Family Law, Estate Planning and General Business Law
It is important that you act quickly after a DUI arrest. Not only do you face criminal sanctions, if you blew .08 or over, you have 10 days to act before your license is administratively suspended by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for 6 months. An administrative suspension is different and in addition to any criminal suspension. You can obtain a hardship license, but you must act quickly.
After being arrested for a DUI it is vital that you do not face the legal system alone. Per the United States and Florida Constitution you are innocent until proven guilty. It is the State’s burden to prove each and every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. My job, as your attorney, is to evaluate each element of your case and determine whether the State can meet its burden and prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Please note that not all DUI arrests are handled properly by law enforcement and that requires further investigation by an experienced DUI attorney to protect your rights.
I first look at the reason why the law enforcement officer pulled you over. Did he have a right to pull you over? If he did not a motion may be able to get your case dismissed. Next I will look to see why he asked you to do the Field Sobriety Exercises (FSEs). What did he observe to lead him to believe you were impaired? FSEs are usually video taped. This will be provided by the state for my review. How did you perform? Were there enough indicators to permit the officer to ask for a breath/blood sample? Were the tests performed correctly? A wise man once told me: Assume nothing, question everything. Having been with the Public Defender’s office I know the issues to look for and how the State processes and evaluates DUI cases.
Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is a traumatic experience. I will help take the anxiety and uncertainty of the process, providing the information they need to make well-informed decisions. I help clients set realistic goals and expectation about what is reasonable in the resolution of their case. I know that the client is the one who must live with the outcome so I work with clients to achieve the best results. Other issues include child sharing, support issues, asset valuation/division and in some instances domestic violence.
General Business Law
The choice of how to structure your business is a important decision and can have significant liability and tax consequences. I can explain what options are available to you and help you make an informed decision to assist you with all the legal issues of starting a business. Partnership, incorporation, Limited Liability Corporation, I can assist you in the formation and preparation of the required documents. There are also issues regarding the fate of your business after your passing. Proper planning can help with a smooth transition and protect the assets of the company you have worked to hard to build.
Concerned about protecting a loved one, safeguarding your assets or ensuring the orderly distribution of your estate after death? A proper plan can make this process easier. I work with financial planners to help determine the best course of action and what documents are needed. A will, living will, pour over trust or durable power of attorney can be important tools in planning for the future.