Multiple DUI Offenses: Attorneys to Help You
Turn to a Fierce Tampa Multiple DUI Attorney for Help
Drunk driving offenses are one of the most common types of criminal cases. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 50,000 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) leading to more than 30,000 convictions in 2013 alone. Being convicted of driving under the influence carries penalties, fines and loss of driving privileges. With multiple DUIs, the consequences become much more severe.
The Tampa multiple DUI defense lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett believe that everyone deserves solid legal representation designed to reduce the negative consequences of multiple DUI arrests and protect your best interests. It is vital that you seek assistance as soon as possible after your arrest to ensure that you receive the best possible defense. Don’t wait until your freedom and your future is compromised, contact us today for a free consultation. With more than 40 years of criminal defense experience handling thousands of DUI cases. We have a long history of success helping clients facing multiple DUI charges. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate your penalties and protect your freedom.
Severe penalties for multiple DUI convictions can ruin your life
In Florida, driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood or breath alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. A DUI conviction in Florida involves serious consequences including hefty fines, community service, probation, and incarceration. If you’ve already been convicted of DUI, subsequent convictions may lead to enhanced penalties that negatively impact both your professional and personal life. The penalties for first and subsequent DUI convictions are severe and include:
- First offense – Fines of $500 – $1000, mandatory community service of 50 hours or enhanced fines per hour, up to one year of probation and up to six months in jail.
- Second offense – $1000 – $2000 in fines and up to nine months in jail with mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days if the second conviction occurs within five years of the first conviction.
- Third offense – Fines of $2000 – $5000 and up to one year in jail with a mandatory 30 days if with 10 years of the second conviction.
- Fourth and subsequent offenses – up to five years in prison.
It is important to remember that a DUI offense also involves an immediate suspension of your driver’s license. License suspension guidelines are based on your prior history of DUI and are as follows:
- 1st conviction – 6 months
- 2nd conviction – 1 year
- 3rd conviction – 2 years
Failing to act quickly following your arrest may prevent you from challenging your license suspension. Your only chance to challenge DMV suspensions and potentially retain driving privileges is by requesting a DMV hearing with 10 days of your arrest. If you are facing a license suspension, contact one of our Tampa multiple DUI defense lawyers today. We work to minimize penalties and help you retain your driver’s license. Without the guidance of a skilled DUI defense attorney, you are at the mercy of the DMV.
An aggressive Tampa multiple DUI attorney is your most powerful ally. Don’t face multiple DUI charges alone, call our office for help.
Call us at (877) 728-9653 or by schedule a free initial consultation.
Multiple DUI offenses are serious and carry significant penalties. The experienced DUI defense team at the Tampa Bay law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. is committed to providing prompt, economical legal guidance in a compassionate environment. We have convenient office locations throughout the greater Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton, Spring Hill, and New Port Richey. We proudly serve Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough and Hernando Counties in Florida.
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