Understanding DUI Convictions & Penalties

A person who has been convicted of driving under the influence in Florida will face a variety of severe legal consequences.

Charges may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Imprisonment
  • Jail Time
  • Monetary Fines
  • Community Service
  • Driver's License Suspension
  • Vehicle Impoundment
  • DUI School

First-time offenders should know that their case may qualify for the Hillsborough County Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR) initiative. Under RIDR, a person charged with a first time DUI may be able to lower their charges. However, you should talk to a DUI attorney before making a final decision.

After a person has been charged with or arrested for DUI, it is imperative that they consult a skilled attorney. A defense lawyer can get involved from the onset of the legal process and provide insight and direction as the person's case progresses. Additionally, an attorney can negotiate with judges and prosecutors to possibly have the person's criminal charges reduced—or, in some cases, dismissed entirely.

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DUI Defense in Florida

At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to have the experience to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

If you would like to learn more about how our team can help, contact us today.

  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.

  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.

  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.

  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.

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