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Recent Posts in DUI conviction Category

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.

January 18, 2012

Driver Convicted of DUI Manslaughter Sues Victim

In a rather odd factual scenario, a driver convicted of DUI manslaughter in Tampa FL is suing the victim, claiming the victim has caused him pain and suffering.  On Christmas Eve 2007, David Belniak was traveling 70-90 MPH when he rear ended a vehicle operated by the victim, Ray McWilliams.  Rather than go to trial, Belniak agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 12 years in Florida State Prison where he resides today.  In a recent court filing, Belniak served the estate of McWilliams with a civil suit trying to recoup money, apparently for pain and suffering and other medical bills.…

September 30, 2010

Tampa DUI News – Tampa Bay Business Finds Loophole In Florida DUI Laws With DUI Scooter

A scooter store in Tampa Bay is making news with its DUI scooter. The scooter is legal to ride without a license allowing convicted DUI drivers an option for transportation in Florida.
August 31, 2010

Tampa DUI News – Man Given A Life Sentence For A Tampa DUI Fatality Argues For New DUI Penalty

A Tampa man is asking for a new DUI sentence. He received a DUI penalty of life in prison in a Tampa court room in 2003.
July 21, 2010

Tampa DUI News – Tampa Woman Violates Her DUI Probation, Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

This Tampa woman was sent to jail for DUI manslaughter and served less than a year. She was arrested again on DUI charges in Pinellas County.
June 22, 2010

Tampa DUI News– Woman Who Served A Year For DUI Manslaughter Arrested For Second DUI

After receiving one year in jail for a DUI accident that took the life of a 15-year-old girl, this Tampa woman has been arrested on a second DUI charge. She was sentenced as a youthful offender the first time but if convicted of a second DUI her DUI sentence will be much more severe.
May 6, 2010

Tampa DUI News – DUI Manslaughter Sentence Handed Down In Tampa Courtroom

A Tampa man was sentenced to five years in prison today for a Hillsborough DUI manslaughter charge. The Tampa DUI took place following a Buccaneers game.
April 21, 2010

Tampa DUI News – Hillsborough County Students Get A Lesson In The Dangers Of Drunk Driving

With prom scheduled for Saturday, Tampa's Gaither High School student body was given a close up look at DUI and the consequences of driving drunk. The lesson included a lecture by a 20-year-old who killed his brother in a DUI accident.
April 21, 2010

DUI Sentence For First Time Tampa Drunk Driver Used To Set An Example

A Tampa judge tried to set an example as he sentenced Elizabeth Borgos to jail following her first DUI conviction. The drunk driving charges that Borgos faced rarely land you in jail in Florida but the Hillsborough County judge overseeing her sentencing put Borgos in jail for 10 days. He also suspended her license for 12 months and put her on probation for a 18-months.

According to deputies who are involved with DUI enforcement in Tampa on a daily basis, the sentence is rare but so are the circumstances. Borgos hit a sheriff’s deputy cruiser while driving drunk. A matter of seconds was all that prevented the car accident from possibly turning into a DUI manslaughter case involving a dead law enforcement officer.…

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