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January 2, 2013

Advice On Out of State DUI’s

Not from Tampa but got a DUI in Tampa? You are not the first person to learn just how strict the city of Tampa is when it comes to DUI’s. Now you know. Sure Tampa is a great place to visit but it is certainly not a great place to get a DUI in. In fact, the entire state of Florida is considered one of the strictest in the nation when it comes to DUI patrolling and punishments—bet they didn’t include that in the tour books. That being said, we have some helpful advice on how to handle an out of state DUI.…

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.
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 16, 2012

A Look At Alternatives To Jail In Tampa: House Arrest

Sure the fines associated with a DUI are a gigantic financial inconvenience. Perhaps to some people much more than that. But the one thing that so many people worry about during their DUI trial has to do with the potential 

for jail time. Not only is jail an unsavory place but mandatory jail time means that you cannot work and miss out on important pay days to make back the money you spent on the fines. When it comes to driving under the

influence in Tampa, police and prosecutors often try to inflict the harshest punishment possible, which of course includes jail time.

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.…

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.…

February 6, 2012

What are the penalties for a DUI conviction

No matter how many times you have been convicted of DUI, the types of penalties you receive are the same. The difference is in the amount of time required or the cost. Here is a list of DUI penalties:

PROBATION: Under Florida Law, all DUIs require at least one year of reporting probation. This means that you must report to a probation officer once a month every month for one year. There is a monthly fee due to the probation office that supervises you every month. This fee is usually between $20 and $60 a month depending on the county.…

November 12, 2010

Tampa DUI Arrest – Hillsborough County Deputy Arrests Drunk Driver Who Admits To Eight Beers

This Tampa man was pulled over for a DUI and admitted to drinking eight beers. His blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit.
November 5, 2010

Tampa DUI News – Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Lesser Charge Following Tampa DUI Manslaughter Trial

This Tampa man was facing DUI manslaughter charges in a Hillsborough County courtroom. He was convicted of a lesser charge of DUI.
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