Aaron Wayt - Senior Trial Associate
Aaron Wayt has expert training and specializes in defending those charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Leon County, FL and surrounding areas of the Florida Panhandle.
He is a current member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, and DUI Defense Lawyers Association. He is the current President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Aaron has not just handled hundreds of cases, he has also conducted over 60 jury trials since August of 2009 ranging from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life in prison. While he is focused on DUI defense, he is certainly qualified to handle any criminal case.
He has had expert training on the operation of the Intoxilyzer 8000, the approved breath test machine in Florida, by a former law enforcement officer and certified breath test operator as well as attended a 24-hour Breath Test Operator's Course that focused on the science and technology behind the Intoxilyzer 8000 with intensive hands-on training.
He also attended "Mastering Scientific Evidence” which was put on by the National College for DUI Defense and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. This expert training focused on blood and breath testing in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases.
Aaron has also had advanced training on gas chromatography by the American Chemical Society. This is the primary method by which blood and urine are analyzed by crime laboratories across the nation. He is a graduate of Forensic Chromatography VIII which allowed him to gain hands-on experience of the testing process.
He also attended a course on DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing taught by a former law enforcement officer. This is the same 24-hour course that law enforcement officers take and it is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This course gave Attorney Wayt insight and training on how police officers conduct a DUI Investigation from the moment they suspect a driver is impaired until the arrest decision.
In 2013, he went a step further and took Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.) from the same former law enforcement officer which focuses mainly on impaired driving by drugs. In 2016, Aaron took the final step and completed DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) training, which is the highest level of expert training law enforcement offers in the DUI field.
Aaron graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. He also graduated from FSU cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. He began practicing criminal law as a Certified Legal Intern during his last year of law school with the Leon County Public Defender’s Office. He has been recognized by the Florida State University College of Law with the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for providing over 500 hours of community service to the Leon County Public Defender’s Office.
Aaron has resided in Tallahassee since 2004 and is originally from Orlando, Florida.
Attorney Don Pumphrey Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney.