Five Questions to Ask When Hiring An Attorney for a DUI Manslaughter Arising Out of Pinellas County

DUI Manslaughter cases are prosecuted with particular vigor in Pinellas County. In fact, the State Attorney’s Office has an entire division of prosecutors known as “Traffic Homicide Prosecutors” that are assigned to these sensitive and high stakes matters.

Which Counties Does Your Law Firm Practice in?

Although the laws associated with DUI Manslaughter are the same throughout the State of Florida, the way that each county handles these important cases varies from county to county. In fact, many are surprised to learn that the State Attorney in St. Petersburg is a different person than the State Attorney in Tampa. Thus, if you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI Manslaughter in Pinellas County, it would make sense to hire attorneys that regularly handle cases in Pinellas.


Our law firm exclusively handles criminal and DUI cases arising out of Pinellas County. Unlike many firms that handle Personal Injury or Family Law, our team limits our practice to defending people accused of crimes. Likewise, although there are many attorneys in the area that handle cases in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Sarasota, the lawyers in our office only handle cases in Pinellas County. As a result, the judges, prosecutors, clerks and bailiffs are accustomed to seeing our DUI defense team in court.

How Many Lawyers are Going to be Working on my Case?

As the old saying goes, “two heads are better than one.” The great majority of law firms handling DUI Manslaughter cases in Pinellas County are solo practitioners. As a result, only one lawyer would be working with you to defend your best interests. Our DUI Defense Team consists of three attorneys with combined experience of more than forty years. We utilize a team approach to discuss strategy with each file. After all, three heads are better than two.

What Type of Specialized DUI Training Do the Lawyers in Your Office Have?

DUI cases are among the most scientific and technical cases in all of criminal law. For this reason, the best DUI Manslaughter attorneys are those who have specialized training in this niche field. Our DUI Defense Team has unique credentials which include:

  • Former State Prosecutors
  • Certified in Field Sobriety Tests
  • Certified Breath Test Operator
  • Certified Intoxilyzer Inspector
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Member of the National College of DUI Defense
  • Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Two Past Presidents of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our team has learned our adversary’s tactics from the inside. We have the same types of training as the law enforcement officers who investigated your case.

Do You Have Regular “Expert Witness” Contacts who Work with DUI Manslaughter Cases?

Oftentimes DUI Manslaughter cases involve the use of expert witnesses. This is due to the unique aspects of these cases that involve a great deal of scientific evidence and testimony. Our DUI defense team regularly consults with and uses accident reconstruction experts, engineers, forensic toxicologists, medical doctors, human factors experts and psychologists.

Have Any of the Lawyers in Your Office Served as a Traffic Homicide Prosecutor in Pinellas County?

Attorney Zachariah Wade in our office served as a Pinellas County Traffic Homicide Prosecutor during his time at the State Attorney’s Office. His experience in this regard is invaluable to our clients in knowing how the State Attorney’s Office operates, engages in plea negotiations, prepares warrants, handles depositions, etc. Likewise, his tenure as a traffic homicide prosecutor resulted in him having a professional relationship with many of the traffic homicide law enforcement officers in the county. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI Manslaughter in Pinellas County, the attorneys that you choose to represent you can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Call our team of highly experienced DUI Manslaughter attorneys so that we can discuss the unique facts and circumstances of your case and craft a strategy that best suits your case. Our initial consultation is free of charge. Give us a call at (727) 578-0303 or contact us online today.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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