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Aaron Michael Wayt

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   34 reviews

About Aaron

Learn Aaron’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    80%
    I have specialized expert training for DUI cases in the area of field sobriety exercises and testing for drugs or alcohol.

    13 years

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    I have handled criminal cases ranging from small misdemeanors all the way to murder cases.

    13 years

  3. Appeals
    5%
    I have handled appeals in multiple counties in Florida including contesting driver license suspensions.

    13 years

  4. Expungement
    5%
    I provide assistance with sealing or expunging criminal records so you can get a fresh start.

    13 years

I have litigated hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanors to high level felonies. A lot of lawyers say they've "handled" cases which can mean anything from making a phone call or appearing in court once. I actually litigate. After graduating from Florida State University College of Law and passsing the Florida Bar Exam, I was hired by the Pumphrey Law Firm. The Firm blessed me with the opportunity to attend many advanced seminars and training. This has allowed me to specialize in defending those charges with alcohol and drug related offenses. 

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Mr. Wayt on one of his many appearances on WCTV's Law Call discussing DUI Defense.
Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Aaron

Pumphrey Law Firm
553 E. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL, 32308

Reviews

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Posted by Charles PCB | August 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got my charge dropped and me out of jail in less then a month on big charges
Got my conspiracy dropped and time served on a unlawful use of a two way after being told I was going to prison by another paid attorney. Then got my old vop thrown out and completed. Great guy communicates and fights for you. What every lawyer should be .
Posted by L'eroy | December 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Upfront and thorough
I recent reached out to Mr. Wayt firm on a personal matter which has been going on for a number of years. Mr. Wayt returned my call and went over my options in detail step by step. He reviewed the positive and the negative options which was helpful for me to understand the circumstances. I was very impressed and speechless how Mr. Wayt responded to my unique situation. He looked at my situation as a person who really cared to resolve my issue to the best of his ability. He certainly did that and I got more done than what I thought could be done in such a short time frame. More importantly, he kept me updated and he explained what steps were taken to resolve the issue. If I ever need any future services or if I know of anyone who needs a lawyer. Hands down I will highly recommend for everyone to reach out to Aaron Wayt. I cannot stress enough how honored I am to have stubbled across him. I contacted other attorneys who just made me feel like another case or number. Mr. Aaron didn't. Therefore, he has my trust and appreciation for life. Keep doing what you do best Mr. Aaron Wayt!
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney, a credit to the profession
I met Aaron under less than ideal circumstances. I had been arrested for DUI. This was not a great experience until I met with Aaron. He was fair, honest, friendly and didn't over promise on the first visit. As the case progressed Aaron saw that the officer had over charged, did not afford me several opportunities afforded to me by law. This was a long process and Aaron never stopped. I believe he put more effort in my case than anyone else would or maybe even could have. My case was resolved fairly and I am now on my way to living life again. Please know that often when you are arrested not everything is done correctly or fairly. In the judicial process this is one man you can trust!
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Class Act
I recently found myself in a legal predicament. Due to my profile, I reached out to Aaron and another attorney. Within minutes, I had a call back from Aaron. He took time out of his busy schedule on an evening to speak to me the better part of 30 minutes. While I did not ultimately use Aaron, he still called me to follow up, discuss a couple takes on my case, and let me know that if i needed anything, to call him. This sort of class is clearly indicative of his success as an attorney.
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Posted by Emanuel | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10/10 Would Recommend
I found myself involved in a DUI arrest last year in which I was stopped for probable cause of impairment. I was recorded by the police officer’s front vehicle camera driving pretty bad (swerving in and out of my lane on the road). This arrest occurred during my final semester of undergraduate school and so I was currently on the hunt for a career, basically lining up my future. Immediately following the arrest I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a job with a record that was now tainted, so I began my search for an attorney that could help me battle this case. I felt this indescribable pressure to win if I wanted to have a future as a professional. I was stressed, lacked confidence, and I felt very uneducated because I had no prior experience with DUIs. This was until I found Mr. Wayt. He was patient and the most composed professional I have ever been around. In the beginning he prepared me for it possibly being a lengthy process (turned out to be a 7 month process from the night of my arrest to the day I was found not guilty) but he always assured he felt good about my case based on the arrest report. He did an awesome job at not bombarding me with information, especially since I had no prior knowledge or experience with the laws and he was very guiding throughout the entire process. My case ended up going to trial and I was up against a police officer who was a certified DRE officer, meaning he was a certified expert in dealing with impaired drivers and DUIs, etc.. so I had lacked faith that I would win this case without proper representation. It turns out that just as Mr. Wayt’s statistics will show, he himself is an absolute expert in dealing with and defending against DUI cases and displayed he is an expert in raising the golden reasonable doubt that won the jury over. He did an awesome job at involving me in the selection of the jury and always encouraged me to voice my opinion on the current matter, and this was consistent throughout my entire trial process. If you need a lawyer, a professional that will truly fight for you in that courtroom, then Mr. Wayt is the man you want defending you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best for DUI
I was coming out of Top Flite night club after a few drinks with friends. As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot of the club, I was pulled over by the police. I complied with the officers and I arrested for DUI. I also blew a .235, which is about 4x the limit. This was also my 2nd DUI, even though the first was 8 years ago. Aaron handled my case with much knowledge and professionalism. The case took a while, but Aaron assured me everything was going to be okay. He was able to work out a deal for a lesser charge which in turned wiped the charge off my record. I was able to get a new job and I am doing fine. In a bad situation, go with Aaron. He knows what he is doing, and he produces results. As a young African American male, I was thinking that the system would be against me. Mr. Wayt narrowed the playing field and I was giving a fair opportunity, even though I have to admit that I placed myself in the unfortunate situation. He is trustworthy and I appreciate him and his resources from his law firm.
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Posted by Joe | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I’m very glad I chose Aaron.
I had a pretty unique traffic case that had my license suspended while I was out of the country without my knowledge. My license had been habitualized and would be suspended for four years. Aaron explained every detail in layman’s terms, didn’t promise any success but was very confident, and continually had a backup plan ready if things didn’t work out the way we wanted them to. I have trouble understanding legal matters personally and he went out of his way to explain things to me in several ways and put up with my inane questions until I was comfortable in my understanding of what was happening. He gave me realistic insight and everything worked out exactly how he said it would. 10/10 would hire again.
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Posted by Malik | May 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome job
Aaron did a great job. He is very knowledgable about DUI and DWI laws. Mr. Wayt was sucessful in getting my DUI dropped along with several other misdemeanors that I was facing. I am beyond pleased with his representation and the Don Pumpery Jr. Law firm. I would definitely recommend Aaron.
Posted by Robert | August 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional all the way!
Aaron, unlike other attys. was ALWAYS reachable through one or another of our many modern day devices, to answer any questions or concerns about my case. He was always extremely professional and polite and most important always sure and honest about my case and his abilities to defend me. If your looking for an attorney who is upfront and damn good at what they do talk to Aaron!! You won't be disappointed that you did so.
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Posted by Caleb | June 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny!
Aaron is a hard working and knowledgeable attorney. He informed me at the beginning of every option, angel, and opportunity we could pursue and what that would mean for our results. He is well known in the legal community and this can come in real handy. He knows how particular judges think and work. He also is familiar with just about everything that you can be when it comes to DUI cases. My only complaint was that it was sometimes hard to get a reply from him unless you called. Emails or texts can often get lost because he is such a busy guy so it is understandable, it just gave me a little bit of anxiety. But overall he would always get me an answer before I needed it and I never felt like we were going to a hearing or trial without being fully informed. Aaron got my DUI dropped and no ticket on my record. His team was quick to help me with the paperwork to have the entire thing erased. I feel like a new man and couldn't have done it without him. Thank you so much Aaron!
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Posted by Travis | June 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A difficult case aided by expertise.
Going into my case, I was incredibly overwhelmed as it was my first encounter with the system. But during our initial consultation, Aaron made sure to give me a detailed description of my options and what the trajectory of the case would look like. From that initial consultation, Aaron handled everything with the case. On the one hand it was comforting, as I didn't have to worry about anything; but on the other, I often wondered if there was something I should be doing and worried if I had failed to do something correctly. Unfortunately, much of the legal system consists of "hurry up and wait." For the client prone to worry, its important to maintain email contact with Aaron so he can assure you things are proceeding as expected. I'd also recommend taking detailed notes during the initial meetings so you can know where in the process you are and you can refer back to them when you have questions. As far as my case was concerned, I initially had three charges, and I would imagine it was a difficult case. In the end, each of those charges were either dropped or reduced: one dropped completely, and the other two reduced to lesser charges. I'm certain that such an outcome would not have happened without the help of Aaron's legal expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always there for you
Arron was great, I honestly couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. There was a year between my arrest date and the trial and I never went without knowing exactly what was going on. Being charged with a crime brings a lot of uncertainty and for me that came with a lot of questions. Aaron never failed to call me back within a hour of my call and he was always able to field any questions and concerns I had. Arron always gave it to me straight, never beating around the bush. We did not have to even go to trial because Aaron was able to make a very reasonable deal with the State that led to ZERO CONVICTIONS. My experience with Aaron better than I ever hoped for. Don't wait call Wayt!
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Posted by John | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Attorney that will answer his phone when you call him
I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Tallahassee, FL. There was a fatality. I immediately knew that I needed a lawyer to protect my rights. I asked a friend of mine who they would suggest in the Tallahassee, FL area and they referred me to Aaron. I don't live in the area therefore, I had to rely on my friends to refer me to someone they knew. I did get online in an attempt to find an attorney however, there are so many of them to choose from. I took the advice of my friend and contacted Aaron the Monday morning after the weekend of the accident. He fit me into his schedule immediately which was ideal considering my state of mind at the time. Aaron was professional, understand and was straight to the point as to what I was up against. I gave him my AMEX for the retainer that day and Aaron got to work on my case. Throughout the following 9-months, Aaron kept me updated on the status, answered my phone calls and text messages in a timely fashion and even went to the impound lot to place a tarp over my motorcycles in an attempt to protect my assets. I never imagined I would be in a situation like this but Aaron reassured me that it would all be taken care of. 9-months later, I was cleared of all charges as I was an innocent party. I truly believe that Aaron's connections combined with his tenacity and knowledge of the case assisted in the outcome. If you are looking for someone that will work hard to protect your interests, call Aaron. He does not disappoint. I will definitely refer him to my friends and family members.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI with Injury
My case was very complex. I had struck a pedestrian while driving with a BAC of .14. The pedestrian's injuries were very severe. The pedestrian was determined to be at fault for the accident, so I was only charged with a misdemeanor DUI and not a felony. Nevertheless, the state had a 180 period in which they could up the charge to a felony. That charge would have carried with it a lengthy prison sentence. Aaron worked tirelessly to settle the case as favorably to me as possible. The charge was never increased and I was very happy with the outcome. The length of time between when I hired Aaron and the settlement of the case was six months, and he never once slowed down on my case.
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Posted by Kyle | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quality, Professional Services by Aaron Wayt
From 2013-2016, Mr. Wayt was my defense attorney for a DUI with BAC 0.15 or higher case. I was involved in a single car accident and sustained substantial bodily injury. LCSO obtained blood samples from me while in the ER. Those three years seemed like an eternity for me, however, Mr. Wayt ensured me that time was on our side. Long story short, Mr. Wayt successfully had the blood samples suppressed, leaving the prosecutor empty-handed. Within a week, all of my charges were dropped by the prosecutor. If you want premium services by an experienced professional, Aaron Wayt is the attorney for you.
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Posted by Jason | March 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Asked around for the best lawyer in town and was directed towards Mr. Wayt, was NOT disappointed. 100% trusted. Communication, results, advice all spot on.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best DUI Representation Possible!
I spoke with several attorneys before choosing Mr. Aaron Wayt to represent me in my DUI case and thank God I chose him! Mine was a potentially bad case that could have put me in jail for some time with other additional harsh punishments which would have meant the end of my life for me and my wife at my age. It was my 3rd DUI albeit they were 20 years apart. It was a bad DUI arrest because it was just late at night on a rural road that I was not familiar with and a happenstance stop by an overzealous cop but nonetheless I thought my life was over. The state offered an initial plea deal of jail time plus two years of an ignition lock device plus two years of probation. Without having to go to trial, Mr. Wayt through his superior knowledge of, and experience with DUI law was able to get the charge drooped to reckless driving. I do not think there is a better or more knowledge DUI attorney in Tallahassee and the surrounding area or even possibly the whole state. DUI defense is all he does and he is very, very good at it! He saved my life and I will forever be indebted to him. If you value your future, hire Mr. Wayt!
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Posted by Sharlene | November 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Aaron truly came through for me during my case. He handled it smoothly and efficiently, and I could not be more pleased with his work and the outcome. I would definitely recommend Aaron to anyone that needs help out of a tough situation.
Posted by Subhan | August 3, 2015
BEST IN TOWN
Aaron Wayt is the best. Helped me through a stressful time and helped me receive a not guilty verdict for my DUI case. Professional, understanding and great at what he does. Will definitely recommend Aaron to my fellow school mates.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2015
2nd DUI
Aaron was awesome when it came to trial and what we had to do. I was going to take mine to trial no matter what. I got a hung jury and it was in my favor of 5-1. I could of gotten another trial but it does take a long time and I was going back to school. I took a reckless charge which is nothing and if you have a DUI, then the reckless is what you want. The best lawyer I have seen and heard about from a lot of people. Recommend!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Pumphrey Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Leon County 2015-CT-1102
  • Not Guilty Verdict after Jury Trial
  • FHP Investigation
  • No Charges
  • Leon County 2015-CT-379
  • Not Guilty Verdict after Jury Trial
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Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Tallahassee Chapter)
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Tallahassee Chapter)
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • DRE Training for Legal Professionals
  • Anthony Palacios
  • 2016
  • Summer Session Curriculum at Harvard University
  • NCDD
  • 2015
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
  • Anthony Palacios
  • 2013
  • Completion and Competency, Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator's Course
  • Dr. Alfred Staubus
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice 2012 -- DUI & Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Forensic Chromatography VIII -- Theory & Practice
  • Axion Training Institute, Inc.
  • 2012
  • DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Anthony Palacios
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Completion -- Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • NCDD/TCDLA
  • 2011
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • 2015
  • DUI Defense
  • Attacking a DUI Case
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (17)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the chance to meet Aaron recently at a forensic gas chromatography course. Aaron's knowledge and insight of DUI law was extremely impressive and insightful. He actually taught me quite a few things I didn't know. The only quality of Aaron's that rivals his knowledge of DUI law is his passion for fighting for his clients. When I have questions regarding my clients who live in Florida, Aaron is my choice, and he should be yours too."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Aaron worked for me during law school and was the best law clerk I ever had. Since graduating, he has become one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in town with a reputation for an ability to persuade jurors. I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Aaron is my go to expert when I have questions regarding DUI matters before Florida criminal courts. He is a recognized expert in his field and his trial knowledge are second to none. I was fortunate to have worked under him as a law student and my own success at trial are a direct result of his guidance and assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Aaron. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Aaron is one of the up and comming lawyers to watch in Tallahassee. He is a skilled trial lawyer and a great guy. I recommend this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Mr. Wayt as a fellow DUI and criminal defense lawyer in Tallahassee. I've seen him negotiate with State Attorneys, argue motions to suppress, and try cases. Mr. Wayt does an excellent job in court and knows the ins and outs of Florida DUI and criminal laws. He has my full endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wayt knows as much about DUI law as anyone I know. He's more than competent in the courtroom, and fights hard for his clients. I endorse his work wholeheartedly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If for some reason you chose not to hire me to represent you in a Driving Under the Influence case, I would certainly recommend that you call Aaron Wayt. Aaron is one of the rising stars in Florida when it comes to D.U.I. defense. I heartily endorse Aaron Wayt as a D.U.I. and general criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Wayt has the reputation, knowledge and experience to make a true difference in the lives of those who trust him to represent them. He has guts, determination and common sense. He is highly trustworthy. I trust him. I know you will too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron is a great lawyer and he is very well respected in the Tallahassee legal community. I fully endorse his work."
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Tallahassee DUI and DWI Lawyer Aaron Michael Wayt
Aaron Michael Wayt
DUI and DWI Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 12 years