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Hillsborough Judge Pleads Guilty to DUI

Just weeks ago, a Hillsborough Circuit judge pleaded guilty to a DUI. She had been driving after drinking in Ybor City, and she was arrested on July 5. She was quick to admit that she had acted on a "horrible, poor choice". And that choice is going to cost her a year of probation as well as 50 hours of community service. She also will have her driving privileges restricted, and she has been fined $1,500. Her lawyer said that she has already taken a DUI school course and has finished substance abuse screening. This judge was elected in 2007, and her position as a family law, divorce and probate judge is not in any danger because of the conviction.

This is the typical sentencing for a first DUI offense. Then that offense would stay on one's record for years to come, affecting any further sentencing, which would then be escalated. There are additional costs as well. First off, few people think of the full consequences of a suspended license. Not only are your driving privileges in jeopardy, but you would have to pay for more expensive car insurance in order to reinstate your driver's license. The premiums could spike up as much as 200 or 300 percent. In the meantime, while a license is suspended, your mobility can be severely hampered, and if you have a long commute, it could be a strain to make it to work. This could easily affect one's employment opportunities. Of course, having a criminal conviction on your record could always taint your every application for work, loans, or housing.

If you face DUI charges, you have to act quickly to defend your future. Contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. immediately. Get an experienced Tampa DUI defense lawyer on your side. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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