Tampa DUI Attorney

Driving Under the Influence We Have Helped Hundreds of People With Their Tampa DUIs

If you are charged with Driving Under The Influence or Boating Under The Influence in Tampa, do not settle for the first offer you get! This is true even if you blew above 0.08 and if you think you are guilty. Instead Hire an experienced DUI trial attorney. An attorney may be able to:

  • Have your charges dismissed
  • Have your charges reduced
  • Avoid the mandatory driver's license suspension by having the charges dropped or reduced
  • If you have a prior DUI arrest or conviction, an attorney may be able to avoid a lengthy jail sentence

Kerstin Wade has successfully helped countless people with their Driving Under The Influence charges. If you hire the Wade Law Firm, we guarantee that you will be represented by the owner herself: Kerstin Wade. Click here to see how we have helped others charged with DUI.

DUI Penalties

The below chart explains the penalties if convicted of Driving Under The Influence and how Kerstin Wade can help:

First Conviction

Jail Time Between 6 Months to 1 Year:

If this is the first time you have been arrested for a Driving Under The Influence, you could face anywhere between 6 months to 1 year in the county jail. How long the maximum jail sentence is depends on the facts and the circumstances of the arrest:

  • 1st DUI, no accident and blow above 0.08 or refusal: up to 6 months jail
  • Blow above 0.15 and no accident: up to 9 months jail
  • DUI with property damage (an accident case): up to 1 year county jail.

Avoid any Jail Time:

Since there is no jail time required by the statute, a Tampa DUI lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor and convince him or her not to pursue any jail time. This would keep you out of jail even if convicted.

Driver's License Suspension Between 6 Month to 1 Year:

In addition to jail time you also face a mandatory license suspension if convicted of Driving Under The Influence. This suspension starts the day of your DUI conviction. This Driver's License Suspension is in addition to the license suspension you received when you were first arrested. Which means that if you were arrested for Driving Under The Influence in June and you blew above the legal limit, and had an administrative license suspension of 6 months and are then convicted of DUI in January of the following year, you will not be able to get your driver's license reinstated until July of that year or at the latest January of the following year.

Avoid the License Suspension by Having Charges Reduced or Arrange for a Hardship License:

Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, the prosecutor may agree to reduce the charges to reckless driving or sometimes even careless driving even if you think you are guilty. An experienced Tampa DUI attorney knows what to look for in your DUI case and how to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges or maybe even have them dropped. A reduction is never the first offer the prosecutor will make and therefore it is important not to take the first offer and hire an experienced attorney.

Probation and Other Penalties:

Other penalties that are mandatory and must be imposed if you are convicted of Driving Under The Influence are as follows:

  • 12 months probation
  • DUI school
  • 50 hours of community service
  • $500 to $1000 fine or $1000 to $2000 if you blew above 0.15
  • 10 day vehicle impound or immobilization
  • Victim Impact Panel

Avoid or Reduce Other Penalties:

In certain circumstances the prosecutor may agree to terminate your probation early so that you don't need to serve the full 12 months. Since you are paying monthly probation fees, you will save money and in some cases hundreds of dollars by having your probation time reduced.

Furthermore, an experienced Tampa DUI lawyer can keep the fines to a minimum, ask for a buyout of community service hours and avoid the immobilization or impound of your car.

Second DUI Conviction

Jail Time: 10 days minimum to 1 years if 2nd DUI within 5 years.
Jail Time up to 9 months if 2nd DUI outside of 5 years.

If this is your second arrest for drunk driving, you may face minimum mandatory jail time that cannot be waived if you are convicted of Driving Under The Influence and this is your second DUI arrest within 5 years. The 5 year time frame starts on the day of your first DUI conviction and is counted up until the day of your second drunk driving arrest. The 5 years are not counted from day of conviction to day of conviction but from day of conviction to day of arrest. This means that you cannot avoid this jail time simply by postponing the day you are resolving the second DUI.

Avoid Jail Time

An experienced Tampa drunk driving attorney may be able to avoid jail time. In the case of a second DUI within 5 years, that would mean that the prosecutor agrees to reduce the charges or you are found not guilty. However, even if the charges are not reduced and the statute require 10 day minimum jail time, a DUI lawyer may be able to get the state attorney to agree to alternatives to a 10 day straight jail sentence which will enable to keep working. For example: alcohol treatment or weekend jail time.

If Within 5 Years: 5 Year License Suspension
If Outside of 5 Years: 6 Months to 1 Year License Suspension

Avoid the License Suspension by Having the Charges Reduced or Explain Hardship License Possibilities:

If you have a 2nd DUI conviction within 5 years, your license will be suspended for 5 years but a Tampa drunk driving lawyer can explain and help you with getting a hardship license after 1 year.

Probation and Other Penalties:

  • 12 months probation
  • Community service
  • $1000-$4000 fine depending on circumstances
  • 10 day to 30 day vehicle impound or immobilization
  • Advanced DUI school
  • Victim Impact Panel

Avoid Vehicle Impound, Reduce Probation Time and Keep Fines to a Minimum

Three or More DUI Convictions

Felony Conviction if 3 DUIs Within 10 Years or 4 or More
Misdemeanor 3rd DUI Outside of 10 Years

Avoid a Felony Conviction

The prosecutor has to prove that you have at least 2 or more prior DUI convictions to convict you of a felony. An experienced DUI lawyer knows the rules on this and may be able to file a motion that would prevent the prosecutor from using your prior drunk driving convictions and that could keep you from becoming a convicted felon.

Up to 5 years in Prison if Felony
Up to 1 Year in Jail if Misdemeanor

Avoid Jail or Prison Time

Possible Permanent License Suspension

Help You Get a License

The rules about obtaining a possible hardship license are complex. An experienced Tampa DUI lawyer can help you navigate those rules and get a driver's license.

Tampa DUI Resources

Tampa DUI School:

4711 N. Hubert Ave and
1063 East Brandon Blvd

Tampa Hardship License Hearing Office:

4902 East 10th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Contact an Experienced Tampa DUI Attorney

The laws about DUIs are complex and the consequences can be harsh. To top it off when it comes to the driver's license suspension, you only have a very limited time to challenge the DMV license suspension. Therefore, it is important that you contact a Tampa drunk driving lawyer right away. Kerstin Wade has handled countless DUIs in Tampa and Plant City and knows what the prosecutor's office is looking and how to get you a reduction or avoid other consequences such as jail. Check out how we have helped others with their DUIs.