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Party Bus Driver Arrested for DUI Hit & Runs

About 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 13, a Georgia man driving a party bus was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. This was after the vehicle rammed into an electricity pole, and the pole then crashed on a parked car. Police suspect that before this final collision, this driver had been in several hit & run accidents from that same evening. Officers were told that the bus in question had been stolen.

This call came after customers reported that their party bus driver had taken them to their bar, but then never came back for them. The party bus owner then alerted police. The bus was found, not stolen, but driven by the same driver. Allegedly, however, the driver was unable to talk, and police suspect inebriation. The driver was hospitalized, but no serious injuries were reported. According to his employer, this is the first issue he has ever had.

But unfortunately, that is all it takes, one mistake, or one misunderstanding on the part of arresting officers, and a clean record could immediately turn into a permanent criminal record. While this is often by far the worst penalty associated with a DUI conviction, there are other serious penalties for this offense in Florida.

For a first time DUI, you could face up to:

  • 6 or 9 months in jail
  • $1,000 fine
  • 1 year driver's license suspension
  • 50 hours' community service

And all this is if no accident has occurred. In light of a DUI charge that involves a hit & run accident, penalties could quickly escalate.

If you or someone you know faces this loss of freedom, reputation, and finances, you need to find the right legal advocate to have on your side. Contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. as soon as possible to ask for your free case consultation. Find out how Tampa DUI attorneys with decades of experience can help you fight for your every right: call today!

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