Defense Attorney for Traffic Offenses & Tickets

Fort Walton Beach, Destin & The Rest Of Okaloosa County

Attorney Shawn Lupella offers aggressive Defense for individuals arrested or cited for Traffic Offenses and serves the communities of Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Santa Rosa Beach, Navarre, Niceville, Mary Esther, Crestview, and throughout Okaloosa County, Walton County, and Santa Rosa County.

In addition to my comprehensive DUI Defense Practice, I also handle all other types of traffic offenses under Florida law, and local ordinances for Fort Walton Beach and Destin. If you have been charged with any type of traffic crime or have been given a criminal driving citation, call me, Shawn Lupella, today to discuss your options at (850) 362-6655.

The category of Traffic Crimes can range from traffic tickets, misdemeanors like reckless driving, to the most serious felony charges. In my practice, I have dealt with every type of traffic crime, including:


  • Unlawful Speed
  • DUI (First Offense)
  • DUI with Property Damage or Injury
  • DUI with Breath/Blood Alcohol over .15
  • Second DUI (outside 5 years)
  • Second DUI (within 5 years)
  • Third DUI (outside 10 years)
  • Reckless Driving
  • No Valid Driver’s License (No Valid DL)
  • Attaching Tag Not Assigned
  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR)
  • Racing on the Highway
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)


  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Habitual Traffic Offender HTO)
  • Fleeing and Attempting to Elude
  • Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude
  • DUI with Serious Bodily Injury
  • Felony DUI (3rd within 10 years)
  • Felony DUI (4th or subsequent)
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Leaving the Scene with a Death

Traffic Crimes Penalties Can Be Harsh

The Florida Legislature has imposed some very severe penalties and sanctions for most traffic crimes, and local Fort Walton Beach and Destin penalties are just as severe. These penalties may include mandatory adjudications of guilt (conviction), as well as minimum mandatory penalties mandated by statute if you are convicted as charged which may include: Jail or Prison time, Enhanced Fines, Court Costs, Restitution, Community Service, Probation, House Arrest, Community Control, DUI School, Victim Impact Panel, Vehicle Impoundment, Vehicle Seizure or Forfeiture, and Driving Improvement Classes. In addition, many of these crimes require that your Driver’s License be Suspended for six months to a year, and sometimes much longer.

I Know How to Defend You Against Your Traffic Related Charges

Most people charged with traffic crimes never planned on getting behind the wheel and having something horrible happen. You or a loved one may have been just a person in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong situation. You never meant for this to happen, but now you need the right attorney to get you though it with the best possible result.

The best possible result may depend on the type of charge, your past criminal and driving record, and the facts or your case–but in every case, I will do my absolute best to help you avoid a conviction, avoid jail time, and avoid negative impacts on your driving record and your driver’s license.

Your Priorities are My Priorities

Over the years, I have formed an understanding…an understanding of my client’s priorities. In many circumstances, it is possible to get a reduced or amended charge, even if the facts of your case indicate guilt. Do not give up on the prospect of a good result. Motion practice, litigation, depositions, sentencing mitigation, and productive negotiation can affect the outcome of your case. And in many situations, a reduced charge could mean the difference between being a convicted felon, serving a mandatory jail sentence, or losing your driver’s license for an extended period of time.

Call Attorney Shawn Lupella today for a Free Consultation. If you have been arrested or been issues a traffic ticket in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Mary Esther, Navarre, Milton or anywhere within Okaloosa County, Walton County, or Santa Rosa County, I offer assistance in defending your traffic related criminal case. Call (850) 362-6655