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Some Basic Facts About DUI In Florida

By Thomas & Paulk   Aug. 9, 2010 10:47a

DUI charge can come under the category of a misdemeanor or felony. Felony charges will result in increased penalties if you are convicted. In the Tampa, Florida area felony DUI charges are designated as follows:

  • It is your third DUI offense within a ten year period
  • It's your fourth or subsequent DUI  at any particular time
  • It is a DUI which has caused serious injury to someone

DUI is a serious offense and can result in many negative consequences including:

  • Potential jail time
  • Driver's license suspension or revocation
  • Monetary fines
  • Social ostracism
  • Probation
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Increased insurance costs
  • DUI school attendance
  • Deportation for non U.S. Citizens
  • Community service
  • Car interlock device installed in car if blood alcohol content exceeded a certain level when arrested

DUI convictions will remain on your record for the remainder of your life and permanently tarnish your reputation. If your driver's license gets suspended it is possible to obtain a hardship license giving you permission to drive to and from work, school, doctor's appointments and necessary errands. If you are caught exceeding these driving limitations, much harsher penalties will be levied.

Get Legal Help If You Have Been Charged With DUI

If you have been charged with DUI in the Tampa or surrounding are, contact a DUI lawyer immediately so they can help you avoid conviction. Here at the Thomas & Paulk law firm, we are skilled at negotiating with prosecutors and judges to get reduced penalties or case dismissals. We provide aggressive yet compassionate representation to our clients and seek the best possible outcome despite the circumstances. 

Contact a DUI Attorney at our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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