If you are a first time offender, and unless you have additional special circumstances, you will be charged with a Misdemeanor DUI offense. Most of the penalties you will face are required to be imposed in every case with limited exceptions. An experienced Misdemeanor DUI defense attorney will be able to help you determine if there are circumstances in your case that allow for exceptions to these mandatory requirements.
If it is your second offense, you will also be charged with a Misdemeanor offense. If your second DUI occurs within five years of your first, you will face a 10 day mandatory jail sentence and other conditions. A third offense that is 10 years or more apart from your prior DUI’s is also treated as a Misdemeanor, with enhanced penalties. If it is within 10 years of your first two DUI offenses, you will face a 30 day mandatory jail sentence as well. Please review the chart located here for the details on what minimum and maximum penalties apply to your case.
A few items of note when it comes to DUI:
- In most cases, even your first DUI will lead to a temporary suspension of your license. Factors that determine the length of your suspension include whether you comply with lawful requests for a breathalyzer test, or submitting a blood or urine sample, whether the results of such test prove that you are above the legal limit to drive or if you plead guilty to a DUI.
- DUI convictions go on your permanent record
- There is a chance that your attorney may be able to get your DUI reduced to a lesser charge like reckless driving, which carries more lenient penalties. A DUI attorney understands that the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor and they will know how to identify details in the prosecutor’s case that may work in your favor.
If you’ve been charged with DUI, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. has an experienced team of Tampa DUI attorneys that have the skill and determination to handle the complexities of your case and produce a positive outcome. Contact us today at 844-511-4800.