BUI Defense in Florida

No matter whether you were arrested in a canoe, rowboat, speed boat, ship, or other, it is important that no time is wasted in getting the involvement of an aggressive defense lawyer to look out for your best interests. There are steps that can be taken to protect your rights; at our firm, we know these steps and will do everything possible to ensure that you are defended against any potential criminal charges.

BUI charges do not always fall under Florida jurisdiction. If you are boating close to shore, on a lake, or a river within Florida, this will fall under status jurisdiction; however, if you are boating out in the open water, it could become a federal offense.

In these cases, it would be enforced by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who take drunk boating extremely seriously.

Whereas drivers can clock thousands of hours behind the wheel, the typical boater spend roughly about 100 hours on the water annually. This danger has resulted in heightened awareness by the USCG, who have released several PSAs regarding the dangers of boating under the influence. This has resulted in increased vigilance to catch these drivers before they cause any harm to fellow boaters or to those who are in the boat with them.

Contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. as soon as possible to learn more and to schedule your initial case consultation!

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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.

The important thing is that you act quickly. Criminal cases involving charges of drinking and driving are serious and they can move fast. You cannot afford to wait or ignore your charges. You need a legal professional on your side who truly understands what you're facing so that they can offer you experience counsel and sound advice. To learn more about how a lawyer like this can assist with your case, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Call our Tampa DUI defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk today to schedule an initial consultation. This is a completely free, confidential appointment for you to tell us your side of the story

  • 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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