If you are convicted of DUI there are certain minimum mandatory sanctions that are required by law. We will fight to have your DUI dismissed through a technical or procedural error made by law enforcement, or by obtaining a "not guilty" verdict from a jury. Alternatively, we may be able to have the State reduce your DUI to a lesser charge of Reckless Driving, which removes the stigma associated with DUI and allows you to answer "no" if asked if you were ever convicted of DUI. Additionally you will avoid some of the mandatory penalties associated with DUI and may not have to carry high-risk auto insurance.
1st DUI (BAC Under .15) Minimum Penalties:
1st DUI (BAC Over .15) Minimum Penalties:
Subsequent DUI convictions result in increased penalties. For example, a second DUI within 5 years of the first conviction carries a MANDATORY 10 days in jail and a MANDATORY 5 year license revocation.
It is important to understand that DUI carries a MANDATORY conviction, meaning you are not eligible to have your record sealed or expunged if convicted of DUI.
Reckless Driving does not carry any of the aforementioned minimum mandatory sanctions associated with a DUI conviction. Your attorney may also be able to negotiate a "withhold" of adjudication with regards to an amended charge of reckless driving, which may make you eligible for a sealing or expunction of your record. This would also result in removal of your mug-shot from the Sheriff's Office website. Reckless Driving removes the stigma associated with DUI and will not require you to carry the increased auto insurance (SR-22/SR-44) associated with a DUI conviction. Essentially, Reckless Driving is Florida's answer to a "reduced" DUI.
Our Tampa criminal defense lawyers have had great success in getting DUI's reduced to Reckless Driving in the Tampa Bay area. Many factors will come in to play, including your breath alcohol content; the reason for the traffic stop; your performance on field sobriety exercises; and your personal/professional background.
With decades of legal experience, our Tampa DUI attorneys are prepared to defend you against the charges and fight the suspension of your license. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation with one of the attorneys on staff. We will help you understand the process and explain what the likely outcome of your case will be based on our experience. We also offer convenient payment plans if your case qualifies.
Taracks & Associates fights to ensure that our clients receive DUI trials that are as fair and fact-based as possible. We can provide experienced legal representation in your DUI case, and investigate the charges against you with the goal of aiding you in avoiding the serious penalties that come with such a conviction.
If you have been charged with DUI, contact a Tampa DUI defense lawyer who can provide you with legal assistance and may be able to help you avoid the penalties that come with a conviction.