Criminal Lawyer in Orlando Helps First-Time Offenders

Receive personalized guidance from an experienced defense attorney

You have just been arrested. Maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps you simply made a poor decision. Either way, depending on the type of crime and the details surrounding it, you may be facing serious consequences. If you are a first-time offender, you have a better chance of avoiding jail or prison time with the assistance of a skilled Orlando criminal defense attorney. At McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. in Orange County, our attorney provides thorough, competent representation to individuals facing criminal charges. If this is your first offense, we may be able to help you avoid some of the more serious repercussions through pretrial intervention programs.

Veteran Orlando criminal defense lawyer representing first-time offenders

DUI lawyer Neal T. McShane is committed to giving each of our clients personal, hands-on attention. Our clients who are first offenders typically require additional time and consideration. We offer sound legal guidance as we walk you through the criminal defense process step by step — a process that can take one to two years, even for a first-time offender.

Your future is on the line. We are committed to protecting you, your reputation and your freedom.

When you’re facing DUI charges for the first time

Anyone charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida — even a first-time offender — is subject to stiff penalties, including:

  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Costly fines
  • License suspension

Fortunately, with the guidance of the right Orlando DUI lawyer, you may be eligible for a lighter sentence. Orange and Osceola counties both allow charges to be dropped upon successful completion of a pretrial diversion program.

We have DUI Intervention Coordinators and Drug Court Coordinators in our office. These members of our legal team are highly knowledgeable in the areas of DUI and the Florida Drug Court, and they have guided many clients through all types of pretrial intervention and diversion programs.

Fighting a first-time DUI charge

You can defend against a DUI charge with many strategies. For example, if you were arrested after being subjected to a field sobriety test, our attorney can challenge the accuracy of the test. These tests are designed to provide law enforcement officers with probable cause to make a DUI arrest. However, they are known in the legal and law enforcement communities to be inaccurate. We also have experience challenging the results of Breathalyzer® tests. Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, your constitutional rights may have been violated. Our lawyer carefully reviews every detail of your arrest to determine how to build the most effective and proactive defense.

Contact a criminal defense lawyer in Orlando

If you or a family member is facing criminal charges, you can rely on our seasoned criminal defense attorney at McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando. Call us at 407.648.1500 or contact us online today to discuss your case. There is no charge for your first visit. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we make after-hours and noon-hour appointments available by request. Se habla español.