If you have found yourself arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance in Tampa, it is very important that you hire an aggressive and experienced Tampa DUI attorney as soon as possible. When you are arrested, your freedom and legal rights are instantly at risk and they will continue to be at risk through the duration of your case. At the Mayberry Law Firm, we have a long history of providing good people who face serious DUI charges with the representation they need to ensure their arrest has as little impact on their future as possible.Florida DUI Laws
In Florida, an individual can be charged with DUI if that person is driving or in “actual physical control” of a vehicle and that same person is either:
- Under the influence of alcoholic beverages or a chemical or controlled substance to the extent that the person’s normal faculties, or senses, are impaired;
- The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol; or
- The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol.
Florida provides a jury instruction which presumes that if an individual was driving a motor vehicle or was in “actual physical control” of a motor vehicle, and has a breath or blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more, then that breath test or blood test would be enough on its own to establish that the individual was under the influence of alcohol, to the extent that their normal faculties were impaired.
Tampa drivers, or any other drivers in Florida, found to be driving with a blood or breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more will be subject to charge by the State Attorney’s Office with driving under the influence. Generally, Florida prosecutors and judges are taking a tough stance against persons accused of DUI. If this has happened to you, it is in your best interest to reach out to a knowledgeable and experienced DUI attorney who will know how to defend your case.Florida DUI Punishments
Florida DUI penalties are incredibly harsh. If you are convicted of a DUI, then you could be required to pay a fine between $500 and up to more than $4000. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest and any prior offenses, a DUI conviction puts you at risk of losing your unrestricted driver’s license anywhere from six months to having it permanently revoked. At a minimum, you could be placed on probation with the requirement of public service hours, or you could be facing jail time. Of course, in cases involving DUI accidents or DUI manslaughter charges, the penalty is much more severe.
For the best chance at avoiding or mitigating penalties such as these, you should seek to hire an experienced lawyer who has prosecuted and defended those accused of DUI throughout the Tampa Bay region. Jason Mayberry has the experience, the skill, the legal know-how, and the dedication necessary to provide effective, quality representation for all of your legal needs. Jason and his team will make every effort to reduce the impact of any evidence the Tampa State Attorney has against you, all while ensuring that you understand both the legal and administrative processes along the way. Our lawyers make sure to fully explain this process in order to help reduce the stress our clients face when charged with DUI by preparing them for what is about to unfold.Speak with a Tampa DUI Defense Lawyer About Your Case Today
Have you been arrested for DUI in Florida? If so, the Mayberry Law Firm can help you challenge your charges, protect your freedom, and mitigate any inevitable penalty hanging over your head. Tampa drunk driving lawyer, Jason Mayberry, is a former prosecutor who focused on alcohol related driving offenses and has represented hundreds of those accused of driving while impaired throughout the Tampa Bay region. He has the knowledge required of the criminal court system to help you through this difficult time in your life, and is experienced in defending clients at DHSMV hearings and helping clients obtain restricted driver’s licenses used for necessity. Jason Mayberry has experience in challenging the accuracy and credibility of field sobriety tests, challenging the validity of blood and breath tests, as well as generally moving your case through the criminal and administrative systems. Our firm is committed to achieving the best result for our clients, whether that be a complete acquittal at trial, a charge reduction, or mitigating a conviction to the greatest extent possible.
To speak to an experienced lawyer who can give you the direction and counsel you need to fight your charge, contact the Mayberry Law Firm today at (813) 444-7435 or contact us online for your free initial consultation.