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BUI Lawyer in Okaloosa County, FL

BUI Lawyer in Okaloosa County, FL

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of a Boating Under the Influence charge pursuant to Florida Statute Section 327.35 from a criminal defense lawyer’s perspective is the continued failure to perform field sobriety exercises correctly.

Routinely, victims of aggressive BUI “enforcement” are required to perform difficult physical tasks – including standing on one leg – on a rocking watercraft. The worst behavior is when someone is arrested, the officers speed off, and someone is injured when they fall on the boat. They are handcuffed and unable to break their fall. 

Of course, where the facts and law provide a remedy in the form of a motion to suppress any unfavorable blood, breath, or urine testing along with other evidence unlawfully taken, but let’s be real about what is happening on northwest Florida waterways: this is ridiculous. Every person victimized by such poor law enforcement practices should be allowed to recover civil money damages directly from the law enforcement officers themselves and their entire chain of command. 

Financial consequences have been far more effective than anything else at changing individual, corporate and governmental behavior. This would stop the current Okaloosa County “arrest them all and let the courts sort it out” behavior in a heartbeat. 

However, this willful poor performance is shielded by a judicially manufactured legal doctrine giving virtually unlimited freedom from liability: the cops continue to falsely arrest, charges get dismissed, but victims of culpably negligent law enforcement – including those injured – are never made whole. There is no recovery from the pain and suffering or financial loss from a false accusation.

“Qualified immunity” is the name of this constitutional cancer. This cancer has eaten away at our very concepts of essential fairness within the criminal justice system. 

The reality is that if you or someone you love has been accused of BUI or any other crime, you are in a very dangerous field of nightmares filled with legal landmines. 

You don’t get a fair trial. You get a legally fair trial. Worse, if you lose at trial the judge will almost certainly sentence you to the maximum of six months, nine months, or up to five years of incarceration, depending on which applies.

Use the appointment link and schedule an appointment with us if you or someone you loved has been charged with a BUI in Okaloosa County. 

We know where the legal landmines are, and we’ll help you to the best of our ability. At Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC, we have very strong feelings about tourists and locals being targeted for BUI arrests and then victimized by poor BUI investigations riddled with errors.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

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