DUI Defense Attorney in Tampa
Representing Drivers in Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious offense in Florida. As soon as you are arrested for this offense, you should seek legal help from a trusted firm like Buda Law. Our firm can thoroughly explain the charges and the criminal court process you face, answer your questions, and provide you with guidance, support, and a strategic defense from start to finish. Facing the criminal justice system is never easy, but you do not have to navigate this road alone. Instead, turn to our Tampa DUI defense attorney today.
DUI Charges in Florida
You will be arrested for DUI in Florida if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08% or more or if you exhibit impairment from alcohol or drugs while driving or while merely being in physical control of your car. If you are under 21, you can be arrested with a BAC measuring .02% or more. If your BAC measures .15% or higher or you are found drunk driving with a minor in your car, you will face harsher penalties.
A first-offense DUI carries the following penalties:
- Jail time of up to 6 months
- Up to a year of probation
- Community service
- Fines of $500 up to $1,000
- Loss of your license for 180 days up to a year
- Up to 6 months with a mandatory ignition interlock device
- Vehicle impoundment
Second offenses within 5 years will likely have harsher penalties. A third offense occurring within 10 years of your prior conviction will be charged as a felony with more jail time and a longer license revocation period. Anyone convicted of DUI may also have to complete a substance abuse course and may be subject to alcohol or drug monitoring.
We Develop Aggressive Defense Strategies
Just because you have been arrested for DUI does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted. With our Tampa DUI defense attorney on your side, you stand a chance against the prosecution. Buda Law knows how to analyze all pertinent facts and circumstances from a legal, scientific, and technological standpoint to find flaws in the prosecutor’s case against you. We urge you to contact us immediately following your arrest so that we can get to work building your defense.
Reach out to us at (813) 544-7024 today.