This weekend is FL/GA here in Jacksonville, also known as the Nation’s largest cocktail party. Whether you are a Gator, a Bulldog, or a Seminole like myself with no dog in the fight, you are bound to use Saturday as an excuse to party. Despite the well known fact that JSO will be on the prowl, there is always an unbelievable number of people who refuse to enjoy themselves responsibility, landing them in the drunk tank for a night to sober up and see the Judge. As a former prosecutor, I can honestly say, there is nothing more unfortunate than first appearance court duty the Sunday morning after a FL/GA Saturday. You are always there until the sun goes down. There is no way around it.
I encourage everyone to have a fun, yet safe and responsible weekend. However, if the fun outweighs the safe or responsible, as it oftentimes does, and you find yourself in the drunk tank, contemplating your options before seeing the Judge, refrain from pleading guilty before consulting with an attorney. Many aspects of your life may be affected after a plea to even the simplest of misdemeanors, especially if that misdemeanor is for Driving Under the Influence. Call The Law Offices of Kelli J. Bynum, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your rights.