If someone is charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Tampa, Florida, it is important that they obtain representation from a reputable Tampa DUI attorney. A charge of DUI will not only affect their criminal record and freedom, but their drivers license, insurance rates, current employment, and possibly future employment. The penalties for DUI in the State of Florida are substantial, and a defendant needs an aggressive and experienced attorney to represent their interests.
Florida DUI Law
Florida law states operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or under the influence of chemical substances when affected to the extent normal faculties are impaired, is in violation of driving under the influence.
Florida law requires suspension of the drivers license for 12 months for the first offense and 18 months for any subsequent offense of refusing testing for alcohol or substances concerning driving under the influence.
Drivers License Suspension
Upon a first offense, the drivers license will be suspended for 6 months, 12 months for subsequent offenses, and for 18 months for a third subsequent charge.
At the time of license reinstatement, an administrative fee, reinstatement fee, license fee and an examination is required, as well as proof of liability insurance at the time of the arrest or liability coverage.
License Administrative Review Hearing
Beginning the date of your arrest, the accused has only 10 days to file for a formal review hearing before the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or face automatic license suspension for either 6, 12, or 18 months, depending on the situation. A Tampa DUI lawyer can prepare the necessary paperwork to request a review hearing in order to obtain a temporary driving permit.
If the individual waits to reinstate their license once the revocation period ends, they will be required to provide proof of enrollment or completion of DUI School and treatment, complete required examination, pay an administrative fee, reinstatement fee and any license fee, as well as provide proof of liability insurance on the date of arrest or liability coverage and a reinstatement fee.
Ignition Interlock Device
Upon conviction, the person could be required to have installed in their vehicle an ignition interlock device upon eligibility of reinstatement for a permanent or restricted drivers license.
Experienced Tampa DUI lawyers can explain the options and guide them through the legal process. Depending on the circumstances, the charge maybe reduced or dismissed and the license returned to them as though it was never suspended.