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February 25, 2013

Life After A Tampa DUI

As many of you may already know, a Tampa driving under the influence conviction does not end when all the fines are paid and penalties are satisfied. Unfortunately, this is the type of conviction that you will be asked about in other aspects of your life. Here’s a look at the three most common areas that individuals with a DUI conviction have to continue dealing with:

  1. Insurance—Insurance companies reward drivers for good behavior with reduced rates. Conversely, they punish drivers for what they consider bad behavior with increased rates. Things like car accidents that were deemed your fault and DUI convictions are the two main things that will serve to make your insurance premiums significantly increase for years.
February 7, 2013

Alleged DUI Setup in Attorney Charles Phillip Campbell Jr. Case

We have been covering the Bubba the Love Sponge Clem defamation trial from the beginning, including the unfortunate timing of his opposing counsels’ very public driving under the influence arrest in Tampa that served to delay the trial a bit. For a quick recap: attorney Charles Phillip Campbell Jr. was arrested for his second DUI (the first one occurring in 2008) after leaving a local Tampa bar. He refused to take a blood alcohol test and his ordeal delayed the trial another week.

Now it seems that there is a little more to the night at the bar than may initially meet the eye.…

January 2, 2013

Three Ways to Avoid A New Years DUI in Tampa

Tampa is a great city to go out in. Fabulous food, lively bars and endless drink options…especially on New Year’s Eve. That being said, the Tampa police are on a heightened lookout for holiday DUI’s and with New Year’s right around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how to enjoy ringing in 2013 without the annoyance of a DUI.

  1. Designated Driver: You see this mentioned in commercials all the time but it really does work—choose a designated driver to take you in between parties for the evening. One piece of advice: choose the driver ahead of time.
December 17, 2012

A Look At Tampa Field Sobriety Tests

Bright lights flashing in your rearview mirror. And so begins the Tampa DUI process. Other than a quick conversation with the Florida Highway Patrol officer in your case, your first real contact with the police in a Tampa driving under the influence investigation will come in the form of your field sobriety tests.

In Tampa, there are three standardized field sobriety tests used. Unfortunately for you, these tests are designed for you to fail and give the local police yet another chance to make a DUI arrest. Everything from the intimidating atmosphere on the side of the road with other drivers watching you to the hasty explanation of each test can serve to frustrate your ability to pass the test.…

November 28, 2012

Immediate and Secondary Tampa DUI Penalties

Drinking and driving are two activities that should be enjoyed independent of each other. Always. A Blood alcohol content level of .08 or above for adult drivers is determined by a blood or alcohol test in Tampa; and although these chemical tests are not always accurate, they are an incredibly valuable piece of evidence to help the prosecution on their way to a DUI conviction.

The DUI process is a terrifying experience for many people. From getting pulled over, to field sobriety tests to the arrest and booking, the real stress comes if there is a Tampa DUI conviction. Florida is considered one of the toughest states in the nation when it comes to penalties for a DUI conviction.…

November 9, 2012

Can You Refuse A Chemical DUI Test In Tampa?

Driving is a privilege and not a right in the United States. Because of this important distinction, in order for the state of Florida to bestow upon you the privilege of getting behind the wheel, you have to agree to some important conditions. One item you agreed to went into place the second you signed for your license. Known as implied consent, Tampa drivers essentially consented to taking DUI testing whenever the police suspect you of driving under the influence. That may not seem fair since many of you would like that decision in the moment rather than having to say yes at the DMV years ago, but such is the reality of driving in Tampa.…

November 2, 2012

Can You Refuse A Breath Test In Tampa, Florida?

Driving with a BAC of .08 or above in Florida is a very bad idea. The police in Tampa are always on the lookout for drunk drivers and do not look kindly on those drivers that do not cooperate with the system. But a .08 BAC is not a number police can arrive at without the help of chemical testing. To determine with such specificity if a driver is over the legal limit in Tampa, police will often request that the driver take a breath test. The breath test measures a driver’s blood alcohol level by determining the amount of ethanol (a key ingredient in alcohol) in his or her breath.…

June 23, 2012

DUI Analysis (Infographic)

DUI Analysis

DUI is one of the main factors causing accidents in Tampa, Florida. Through DUI analysis, you will be able to know the effects of being drunk. We should be responsible of alcohol that we are drinking so that we can put a limitation to our actions. It is very important to know the DUI process and about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits in order not to go beyond the restrictions of DUI charges. Reviewing all throughout the result of DUI analysis can be a big help for everybody to avoid committing accidents and DUI penalties.

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March 7, 2012

What happens if you are under 21 and you get a DUI?

Any driver under 21 that is stopped by law enforcement and has a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher will automatically have their license suspended for 6 months. This policy is known as “Zero Tolerance.” A .02 limit can be reached by having one drink! So it is very risky to have even one drink and drive if you are not of age.

In addition to the zero tolerance penalties, you are also subject to any penalties under the DUI statute. This includes fines, jail time, DUI school, increased insurance rates and additional license suspensions.

If you are under 21 and you have been arrested for DUI speak with a lawyer immediately!…

February 24, 2012

How A DUI Lawyer can help you

When you are arrested for DUI, the State uses all of their resources to prosecute you. A DUI attorney protects you and your rights. The DUI lawyer represents you and only you. This means you have someone on your side to make sure you get the best outcome possible.

A good DUI attorney can help you in many ways. An attorney can help you at your arrest to obtain a reasonable bond. Without a bond, you will have to remain in jail pending the outcome of your case.

The attorney can also put in a notice to preserve any evidence, such as video taping or lab test results for future use.…

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