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Thomas & Paulk Gets Enhanced DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

In August of 2012, our legal team at Thomas & Paulk was proud to help a client who had recently been criminally charged with drunk driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15. In fact, our client was accused of providing a breath sample of 0.213 percent – over twice the legal limit in the state of Florida.

Per Florida laws, this would have called for enhanced penalties. In fact, had the client been convicted, they would have been facing up to $2,000 in monetary fines, whereas a typical DUI charge has fines only half that. Even the imprisonment term would be jacked up to a maximum of nine months – three months more than the regular term someone convicted of a first time DUI would have to face.

We knew that the stakes were high and prepared ourselves to fight diligently on behalf of our client. When we took on the case, we quickly filed a motion to suppress the evidence – arguing that the police officers had performed an illegal traffic stop.

While we were not successful in getting the evidence thrown out, we did provide a compelling argument that resulted in the state dropping the DUI charges to reckless driving on the day of the motion hearing. These penalties are far less severe and include imprisonment for up to 90 days and a monetary fine up to $500.

Beyond that, our firm was also successful in winning the DHSMV formal review hearing on behalf of our client. Thus, our client never had to suffer from a driver's license suspension, regardless of the incriminating evidence and daunting circumstances that they found themselves facing.

If you would like to learn more about our firm's success in getting our clients best interests protected, please do not hesitate to view our case results today. If you are interested in discussing the specifics of your case, feel free to take advantage of our online case evaluation form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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