Aggravated DUI Penalties

Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism

According to the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR) program, some people charged with first-offense aggravated DUIs qualify for the RIDR program, and other aggravated DUIs do not.

The following aggravated DUIs are typically not eligible for the RIDR program:

Therefore, the only aggravated DUI circumstance that qualifies for the RIDR program is blowing between a 0.15 to 0.20 blood alcohol content (BAC). If a driver blows between a 0.15 to 0.20 and joins the RIDR program, he or she will be considered a sanction level 2 participant. As a sanction level 2 participant, the charged will have to complete more stipulations to receive their DUI charge demotion. If you have any questions about this, contact us to get the answers you need.

First & Second-Degree Misdemeanors

While aggravated DUI is a misdemeanor, the difference between being called with a first degree misdemeanor and second degree misdemeanor is significant in terms of penalties. For a first degree misdemeanor, the minimum fines for conviction are increased to $1,000 for the first conviction, $2,000 for the second and $4,000 for the third or any subsequent convictions. Jail time served is given at a minimum of nine months for a first degree misdemeanor DUI and that minimum is increased to one year if the conviction is repeated. Aggravated DUI conviction will also result in an extended period of mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device at the driver's expense. The minimum requirement for such a device is six months for the first aggravated DUI conviction and at least two years for a second conviction. License suspension, probation and mandatory course participation are also included in a sentence for first degree misdemeanor DUI.

Defend Against an Aggravated DUI in Tampa

If you are facing a first degree misdemeanor charge for DUI, there is still the possibility of reducing the charge back down to second degree or having the charge dismissed altogether. The best way to increase your chances to achieve this is by hiring a Tampa DUI attorney to defend your case. The attorneys at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. have extensive knowledge of Florida laws and the science behind charging someone with DUI. Using this knowledge, we have succeeded in reduced sentences and dismissal of aggravated DUI for numerous clients!

Call (813) 321-7323 to get started on your defense today!

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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 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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