Panama City

Panama City DUI Attorneys

433 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32401
Phone Number: (850) 785-7686
Fax: 866 464 2505

Gus Soto, Panama City DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Panama City, Attorney Gus Soto can help. The State of Florida treats driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as a serious crime. Attorney Soto is an experienced and dedicated DUI defense attorney who knows what it takes to fight DUI charges. He appreciates how overwhelming the legal system can be and he will do everything possible to help you win your case.

Gus Soto’s background and training gives him a unique insight into what the law requires of police officers in DUI cases. He knows how to uncover the legal errors and procedural mistakes which can be used to fight a DUI charge.   As a former Assistant State Attorney, he has significant experience handling both misdemeanor and felony DUI crimes. In addition to handling over 200 jury and non-jury DUI trials, Attorney Soto has completed a number of highly specialized certification and training programs:

  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) course. The DRE course is the highest level of training for DUI police officer and less than 1% of police officers are certified Drug Recognition Experts.
  • Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course. Only a small number of police officers have completed the ARIDE course which is required of officers in drug-related DUI cases.
  • Certified operator of both the Intoxilyzer 8000 and 9000 machines. These are the breath alcohol testing machines used in Florida.
  • NHTSA field sobriety testing. Attorney Soto has gained certification in this area.
  • DUI Trial Work. Attorney Soto has completed specialized training in DUI trial work at Harvard University College of Law.

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Panama City DUI Defense Attorney

Attorney Gus Soto is a highly skilled DUI defense lawyer who is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Georgia. He has been practicing law for nearly three decades and understands what you are going through. He purposefully limits his criminal practice to DUI defense so that he can give his clients the attention and support they need to overcome their DUI charges and move forward with their lives. His firm offers several key benefits to clients across North Florida and South Georgia, including:

  • 24/7 Availability
  • Flat Rate Fees in DUI cases
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Four Florida/Georgia Office Locations: Panama City, Tallahassee, Valdosta and Thomasville

The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Panama City are very severe. If you are convicted of a DUI you will lose your driver’s license, have to pay to stiff fines, and may even face significant time in jail.   A DUI in Florida is a serious crime and you cannot afford to fight your charges without professional legal assistance. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help you defeat the charges you are facing. While there are many DUI attorneys in Panama City to choose from, Gus Soto’s legal experience, commitment to his clients and specialized certifications and training give him a strategic edge.

About Florida DUI Law

If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Florida, the penalties can be steep.   Under Florida Law, it is illegal to drive a vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher.   Even if this is your first DUI, if you are convicted of a DUI in Florida your license will be suspended and you may face a long probation period. Additionally, a DUI can cost thousands of dollars in fines and up to one year in jail. If this is not your first offense, the fines and penalties will be even more severe. Should you happen to injure a person or damage property, you will also face steeper penalties for your actions.

Office Directions

Take Harrison Avenue south to Downtown Panama City. 433 Harrison Avenue will be on your right.

About Panama City

Panama City is located in the Florida panhandle and serves as the county seat of Bay County. According to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of Panama City was 36,877 in 2013, representing a 3.9% increase from 2010. The city is well known for its warm climate, numerous water and fishing sports and plentiful art and entertainment opportunities.   Tourism, aerospace and defense, health sciences, and transportation and logistics are just a few of the industries that help support the area’s economy.

Free Initial Consultation

If you have been charged with a DUI in Panama City, contact drunk driving Lawyer Gus Soto today. Attorney Soto offers free initial consultations where he will review your case, answer your questions and outline the legal options available to you. It is important to act quickly because you only have ten days from the day of your arrest to challenge your license suspension. If you fail to request an administrative hearing within the 10-day time limit, your license will be automatically suspended. Contact Attorney Soto today at 888 440 7686 or by completing the online contact form.