1st Offense DUI – Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, Florida
We know Florida Law regarding DUI arrests, charges, convictions and penalties . Our firm offers the experience you need in a DUI defense lawyer and our goal is to get your DUI dismissed or when that is not possible, we work to minimize the penalties you may receive in a 1st time DUI conviction. Potential penalties if you are arrested in Tampa Bay for first time on a DUI, DWI or BUI charge could result in the following, which could vary depending on the county you are in;
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Up to six months in jail
- Driver’s licenses revocation for up to six months
- Fifty hours of community service
- 1 Year Probation
- Drunk Driving School
- Four hour class/ victim awareness panel. Speakers are victims or families of those who were impacted by a person who drove under the influence
- Drug/Alcohol Program
Every DUI case is different and the outcome can very much depend on your prior criminal history, the judge in your case, and other factors. The outcome can also be effected by what you do in the first days following your arrest. Why take the chance with a first time DUI charge in Tampa Bay, FL? Call Tampa Bay Criminal Defense and DUI attorneys Kelly McCabe and Joseph Uccello for a consultation and case review: 727-824-5727.
1st Time DUI Florida Driver’s License Revocation
Some who are facing a first time DUI conviction might just plead guilty without first consulting a Tampa DUI lawyer. Even if you think you can live with the consequences of a first time DUI conviction, it is important for you to be realistic about the possibilities of having your driver’s license revoked. If you have a family, a job, or go to school– you will no longer be able to legally drive to get to these places. Family and friends may be supportive at first, but six months to a year is a long time to have to rely on another person for transportation. If you break the law and get caught driving while your license is revoked, you are setting yourself up for more legal problems. Fight a first time DUI aggressively- Speak to a DUI attorney who can evaluate your case to fight the charges or minimize the penalties.
Burden of Proof
The State of Florida is responsible for proving the following in a DUI, DWI or BUI and must prove the following:
- That you were in control of the vehicle at the time of your arrest
- That you were impaired
How Can the State of Florida Prove that You Were Impaired?
- Field Sobriety Tests
- Breathalyzer Tests
- Blood Tests
- Officer Observations
- Driving Pattern
Tampa Bay DUI Lawyers Protecting Your Rights When it Matters Most
If you believe it is possible that the State has a strong DUI case against you; if you were in fact “in control” of your vehicle and “deemed impaired,” an experienced Tampa Bay DUI attorney should be consulted promptly. There are legal defenses that must be considered to ensure that your rights are protected. DUI, BUI and DWI cases have been completely dismissed or penalties have been substantially reduced in cases where;
- Officer improperly Mirandized you at the time of your arrest
- The Breathalyzer was improperly calibrated
- Improper blood draws or mishandling of evidence
- Driving pattern
- Other factors that could effect the outcome of your case
Your 10 Day Window After Being Charged with a DUI in Tampa Bay
If you have been charged with a DUI, call an attorney promptly so that the proper hearings can be set for you with the DMV. You must know how to approach this procedure properly because if you don’t, your license will be suspended on the 11th day. Aside from that, the chances of winning your criminal trial are increased if you attend the review hearing. Like most people, if this is your first time being arrested and charged with a DUI, you have no idea what to do. Let attorneys at Kelly McCabe and Joseph Uccello represent you. We’re experienced, compassionate Tampa Bay DUI lawyers and understand that just because you have been arrested, it doesn’t mean you are guilty. If however, the State has a good case against you, you’ll need an experienced Tampa Bay Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney to protect your rights.