Attorney Gus Soto – Experienced and Dedicated DUI Attorney

Gus Vincent Soto is a skilled DUI defense attorney dedicated to protecting the legal rights of individuals who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As an experienced Panama City DUI drunk driving lawyer, Attorney Soto represents clients throughout the northern Florida and southern Georgia region who have been arrested for DUI. He understands how much is at stake in a DUI case and he will fight to achieve a positive outcome through aggressive plea negotiations or by taking your case to trial.

Extensive Background and Training in DUI Cases

Gus Soto has been successfully practicing law for nearly 30 years. He is an experienced DUI defense lawyer who is licensed to practice before courts in both Florida and Georgia.   As a former Florida Assistant State Attorney, Gus Soto prosecuted criminal cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to capital felonies. Through litigating over 200 jury and non-jury DUI trials Attorney Soto offers a wealth of DUI trial experience to his clients. Attorney Soto has also participated in specialized DUI trial work training programs at the Harvard University College of Law and is a member of both the National College for DUI Defense and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.

Attorney Soto holds several specialized DUI certifications. He has completed the Drug Recognition Expert Course (DRE) which is the highest level of training for law enforcement officials in DUI cases. He has also completed the Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement Course (ARIDE). Only a very small number of police officers have completed the ARIDE certification to become drug recognition experts.   Additionally, Attorney Soto is certified in NHTSA field sobriety testing and is a certified operator of the Intoxilyzer 8000 and 9000 – the machines used in Florida and Georgia to test breath alcohol levels.

Gus Soto’s legal background and specialized training gives him unique insight into how the government handles and prosecutes DUI cases. His intimate understanding of what the law requires of law enforcement officials helps to level the playing field for his clients in DUI hearings and at trial.


  • Completed Drug Recognition Expert Course (DRE)
  • Completed Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement Course (ARIDE)
  • Completed DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course
  • Certified Operator of Intoxilyzer 8000 and 9000 Breath Alcohol Testing Machines
  • Certified in NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing

Professional Affiliations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Georgia Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association

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Contact Florida and Georgia DUI Attorney Gus Soto

Whether you are located in Panama City, Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta or another city in North Florida or South Georgia, DUI drunk driving defense lawyer Gus Soto is prepared to take on your case. Attorney Gus Soto offers free consultations and can be reached 24/7 by completing the online contact form or by calling [888-440-7686].