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Florida DUI Laws & Information

If you are looking to learn more about driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we have compiled a great deal of information about these crimes in the state of Florida. If you have been charged with a crime, please contact a DUI lawyer from our office immediately. Having information on the particular laws that pertain to driving under the influence (DUI) can help you make the right choices about your case.

It can help you understand what you may be up against and can help you get a clear picture of what to expect. This site contains numerous pages about this topic, including the penalties that may be imposed, different license suspension terms depending on a driver's age and whether this is a first, second or subsequent offense, commercial driver DUI, misdemeanor vs. felony drunk driving and so much more. Please click on the below links for more information about Florida DUI laws.

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Of course, we also welcome you to call our offices or contact us online at any time to talk about your unique case. This is the best way to get information that applies to your unique charges. Our goal in providing you with information pertaining to DUI laws is to better educate you on this potentially complex topic. DUI cases are particularly complicated because they involve a number of issues that are unique to driving under the influence.

This includes chemical tests performed to determine a driver's blood alcohol concentration as well as field sobriety tests used to determine whether a driver's normal physical and / or mental abilities are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Unique penalties may apply as well, such as license suspension and mandatory alcohol or drug rehabilitation, in addition to imprisonment and fines. When you understand the laws that apply to these specific matters, you will have a better understanding of what you're up against and what to expect in criminal and DHSMV proceedings.

Making the Right Choices After a Tampa DUI Arrest

If you've been arrested because you were pulled over for suspected drunk driving and you failed field sobriety tests, you may wonder what to do. You may feel helpless, particularly if you submitted to a breath test after your arrest and this test had a result of 0.08 percent or greater.

The truth of the matter is that your case is not helpless if you act immediately and:

  • Exercise your right to remain silent; and
  • Retain the services of a skilled lawyer.

Instead of trying to cooperate (and possibly only making matters worse by saying or doing something that only supports the government's case against you), take the safe route and ask to speak with your attorney. Even in the presence of a "failed" breathalyzer or "poor performance" on the Walk-and-Turn or other field sobriety tests, there may be ways that a skilled defense lawyer can challenge this evidence and the arresting officer's testimony to positively influence the outcome of your case. You may find that you are facing a dismissal of all charges rather than time in jail and heavy fines.

Make no mistake, your attorney's effectiveness will generally have a direct correlation with his or her knowledge of and experience with DUI legislation and case law in your area. Through the years, our legal team has applied our experience and knowledge to effectively challenge some of the most difficult cases, and we are ready to see how we can assist you. Please give us a call or contact us online to schedule a confidential and complimentary review of your charges. You can get your questions answered and concerns addressed by a professional who will take the time to provide personalized service and attention.

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