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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 court process you face, answer your questions, and provide you with guidance, support, and a strategic criminal 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.

Arrested for DUI in Tampa, FL? Talk to our team during a free consultation. Call (813) 544-7024 today.
We serve clients in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Florida DUI Charges

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.

What are the DUI Penalties in Florida?

The possible penalties for DUI in Tampa, FL depend on the circumstances of your case and if you have had prior DUI convictions.

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

Possible penalties for a second DUI offense include:

  • A $1,000 to $2,000 fine
  • Up to 9 months in jail
  • License revocation for 180 days to 1 year
  • Ignition interlock device (IID) for 2 years
  • Vehicle impoundment

Possible penalties for a third DUI offense include:

  • A $2,000 to $5,000 fine
  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • License revocation for 180 days to 1 year
  • Ignition interlock device (IID) for 2 years
  • 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.

Call (813) 544-7024 to Speak with a Skilled DUI Lawyer in Tampa.

What Happens After DUI in Florida?

You've just been arrested and charged with a DUI. You've spent the night in a holding cell for the state mandated amount of time to sober up before you are allowed to bond out of jail. Now what? As you leave the jail you are given multiple items including your personal items as well as some paperwork. Make copies of all of your documents and bring the original documents with you to your free consultation at Buda Law.

The following are the 3 things you MUST do at once.

1. Make a Copy of Your DUI Citation

This paper will act as your driver's license for the 10 days following your arrest date. The police, more than likely, confiscated your driver's license. You MUST keep this copy of the DUI citation with you during this time while you drive. There will be places you must drive to during these 10 days. When you hire Buda Law, we will go over all the options to allow you to get back your driving privilege.

2. Save Money: Take Your Impound Paperwork to the Impound Lot ASAP

Another document you receive from the jail will be the impound paperwork for your vehicle. Most of the time the impound lot will be from a rotating list that the arresting police agency uses. These companies charge a lot of money per day to impound your vehicle. You MUST take that paperwork to the impound lot as soon as you get out of jail and pay the fee to retrieve your vehicle. This will save you lots of money.

3. Consult a Tampa DUI Attorney at Buda Law

Now that this is done, you MUST consult with a DUI attorney. If the above has been helpful and informative and has hopefully saved you some money, imagine what else we can do for you here at Buda Law. At Buda Law we will make sure that all of the necessary steps are done to help you get through this difficult time. At the initial free consultation we listen to the facts of the case, tell you how we can help, and answer any questions you may have.

Arrested get in touch with Tampa DUI Attorney, Andrew Buda. Contact us online or call (813) 544-7024 for a free initial consultation.

How to Avoid DUI Conviction

The ultimate goal, as far as the state prosecutor is concerned, is for you to be found guilty of DUI. And how in the world do they do that? By using evidence against you and applying that evidence to Florida DUI law. So really the best way to answer that question is to give the state prosecutor as little negative evidence and as much positive evidence as possible.

Positive and Negative Evidence

Evidence is any statement, video, testimony by the police, and any documents that are all gathered during the investigation of your case. DUI cases consist of negative evidence and positive evidence.

What is Negative Evidence?

Negative evidence includes any videos, photographs, or other digital evidence of you, taken from the moment you are pulled over until the moment you are released from jail, that would be used to prove that you are more likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It also includes every observation that the police officer has made about you including your physical appearance, the way you walk, talk, or smell, and any negative interaction with the officer. Negative evidence also includes how you perform on certain sobriety tests administered by the police at the traffic stop.

Examples of negative evidence include:

  • Allowing the officer to monitor your eyes or perform a breathalyzer exam
  • Walk a straight line
  • Stand on one foot
  • Say the alphabet without singing
  • Any other modified field sobriety exercises

What is Positive Evidence?

Positive evidence is any evidence that is good for your case and that causes the charge to be more easily reduced, dropped, or won at trial. Positive evidence is essentially not creating the negative evidence mentioned above. Without negative evidence, the officers and prosecutors will have a much tougher time proving a case against you.

Examples of positive evidence include:

  • Being polite in your interactions with a police officer.
  • Politely declining to perform any and all of the field sobriety tests mentioned above.
  • When asked why you are declining, you politely inform the officer that your attorney informed you not to.

Please be advised, during a traffic stop, you must still provide the officer with the required driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance.

WARNING: A consequence of politely declining to perform any field sobriety test or providing a breath sample will almost always get you arrested and booked for a DUI. However, you give yourself a much better chance of fighting the charge than if you would have been arrested for DUI regardless.

The reason why declining the tests mentioned above will most likely get you arrested is that you are giving the state prosecutor very little evidence to prove that you were DUI. In addition, refusing to provide a lawful breath sample can and will simply result in a loss of driving privileges.

Here Are Your Options

  • If you know that you are not DUI, it might be in your best interest to do what they ask.
  • If you are close to DUI or think that the police will arrest you regardless, the above would help if you were to be arrested for DUI.
  • If the police ask to look into your eye's to dispel their suspicion of DUI, politely tell them that your Tampa DUI lawyer told you not to do that. When they ask you to step out of the car to do some field sobriety exercises, again, politely inform them that your lawyer told you not to do that.

Florida DUI laws are constantly changing. Please contact Buda Law for a free consultation and for more detailed information on what not to do when you get pulled over for DUI in Tampa or Orlando.

We Develop Aggressive DUI Defense Strategies

Just because you have been arrested for DUI in Florida does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted. With our Tampa DUI 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.

If you are facing DUI charges in Tampa, reach out to us at (813) 544-7024 today.

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