FAQ: Tampa DUI Attorneys

What does Florida law require for a DUI conviction?

The state must prove either: That you were driving or in physical control of a vehicle, and that while doing so you possessed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or that you were doing so while your normal faculties were impaired.

Why was my license taken away after my arrest? Can I get it back?

According to Florida law, your license can be administratively suspended if you refuse a breath test or if you are found with a BAC of .08% or greater. This suspension can last between six and eighteen months, though you may be able to secure a temporary permit to drive while your DMV hearing is pending.

If I am convicted of DUI in Florida, can I go to jail?

This depends on many circumstances. If it is your first DUI offense, it is unlikely that you will serve jail time, though it is still a possibility. It primarily depends on the judge in your case and whether any aggravating factors were present at the time of your arrest, such as an accident, high blood/breath test results, misconduct towards the police, or drugged driving. Protect your rights and your freedom by contacting a Tampa DUI attorney at The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger.

Is my DMV hearing of importance?

Yes. Such a hearing allows you to take full advantage of your rights, in that it allows you an opportunity to obtain a driving permit instead of starting your license suspension immediately. It also allows you to possibly overturn your license suspension completely, as well as giving you the opportunity of having your attorney assist you in your criminal case by questioning officers and witnesses under oath.

Should I request an attorney if I am arrested?

Yes. According to the constitution, you are guaranteed the right to legal representation, and securing such representation can provide you with a much better chance of reaching a favorable outcome to your case.

Contact a Tampa DUI lawyer if you have been arrested for drunk driving and are in need of swift legal assistance or advice.

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