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Each of our partners formerly served as a criminal prosecutor, so we know how the prosecution will operate in any given case. The attorneys at Jacobson, Chmelir & Ferwerda work as a team, giving you more than 60 years of combined courtroom experience. Our team has skillfully handled more than 10,000 cases, allowing you the peace of mind that you are being represented by highly experienced professionals. Our skill and knowledge enable us to craft a highly effective strategy for your case.

Defending You at the State Level


Few people understand that driving under the influence can result in criminal charges, as well as actions against your driver’s license.

If convicted of DUI, you might be required to make an appearance in criminal court, where you will face a variety of sentences including:

  • Up to six months in prison for a first offense
  • Up to five years in prison for a third offense
  • The suspension of your driver’s license anywhere between six months and life

Facing DUI charges is frightening, but it is important to know that in such a situation, you have legal rights. From the date of your arrest, you have ten days in which to challenge your license suspension.


With a blood alcohol content level between .08-.149%, the sentence would include:

  • An adjudication of guilt
  • One year of Probation
  • Fine plus court costs
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • 50 hours Community service
  • Possible jail sentence up to 6 months
  • DUI Counterattack School
  • Victim Awareness Program
  • 10 day Vehicle Impoundment

With a blood alcohol content level above .15%, the sentence would include the above, and the following enhanced penalties:

  • Possible jail sentence up to 9 months
  • Higher fine plus court costs
  • Longer driver’s license suspension
  • More community service


There are 2 drivier’s license suspensions associated with a DUI arrest.

The first suspension occurs within 10 days of your arrest for DUI, and is an administrative suspension through DMV. You have the opportunity to challenge this suspension by requesting a formal review through DMV, Bureau of Administrative Review if you elect this option within that 10 day period.

The second driver’s license suspension starts on the date the court sentences you and runs until finished. There is no early termination of the driver’s license suspension, and it runs separately from the administrative suspension. Upon application to the DMV, Bureau of Administrative Review you may be able to obtain a Business Purposes Only (BPO) license after a ‘hard time’ of the suspension has passed. In order to apply for this type of permit, which will allow you to drive for business during the suspension, you will need to first complete the DUI Counterattack school.

Call for a consultation 407.327.8899 about your DUI arrest, and for more information about the sanctions and suspensions as they relate to you.

When facing DUI charges, it is important to have a legal team that has thorough knowledge of Florida’s complex and constantly changing DUI laws. Fortunately, the Orlando attorneys at Jacobson, Chmelir & Ferwerda have extensive experience defending clients facing DUIs. They also have up-to-date knowledge of Florida’s current DUI laws. Our defense team strives to provide you with the best possible representation in court. Don’t face your DUI on your own! Call us today at 407-961-7135 for a consultation.


Dealing with a felony charge is a serious legal undertaking. Should you be convicted, you might face a mandatory jail sentence due to the nature of the felony or a high score on the score sheet.

Example of felonies include:

  • Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug trafficking
  • Prostitution
  • Child abuse
  • Robbery
  • Murder
  • DUI resulting in manslaughter

When facing a felony charge, it is important that you have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney representing you in court. Our team of Orlando attorneys has extensive experience defending individuals charged with DUI, drug trafficking, grand theft, attempted murder, and more. Furthermore, our experience as former prosecuting attorneys gives us an intimate knowledge of how the prosecutors will prepare their arguments—enabling us to better defend you in court.

You should not have to face your felony charges alone! Build your defense with one of Florida’s best legal teams!