St. Petersburg DUI Attorney
Have you been arrested for driving under the influence? Drunk driving is not merely a traffic offense-it is a crime, carrying serious penalties for a conviction. It is vital that you retain a St. Petersburg DUI attorney to defend you against the serious consequences you face, and we urge you to contact us at Taracks & Associates for a free, initial consultation with a member of our team. We have more than 40 years of combined experience, and with a background that includes thousands of cases, we know how to get results for our clients.
Penalties for Drinking and Driving in St. Petersburg, FL
State law takes a tough stance on drinking and driving, and the penalties you could receive if you are convicted are designed to be harsh enough to prevent a repeat occurrence. The sentence for a first time DUI includes:
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Mandatory 50 hours of community service
- Probation for up to a year
- Vehicle impoundment for 10 days
- Driver's license revocation for between 180 days and a year
In addition to the above, you would have a misdemeanor on your criminal record, which could disqualify you from employment or make you ineligible for certain educational opportunities. A repeat conviction carries tougher penalties, and if this is your third arrest for drinking and driving, you can be punished for committing a
felony crime. Penalties have the potential to differ depending on any prior offenses and the nature of the offense itself. Listed below are the varying imprisonment penalties for driving under the influence in Florida.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV),
At court's discretion, sentencing terms may be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward term of imprisonment.
First Conviction: Not more than 6 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 9 months.
Second Conviction: Not more than 9 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 12 months. If second conviction within 5 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.
Third Conviction: If third conviction within 10 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 30 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive. If third conviction more than 10 years, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.
Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not more than 5 years or as provided in s.775.084, Florida Statutes, as habitual/violent offender.
There are also various penalties involving fines, vehicle impoundment and ignition interlock devices that would be best discussed directly with an attorney. To learn more about the specific penalties you might be facing for your DUI offense, please get in touch with a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer from our firm as soon as possible.
Challenging DUI Evidence - Taracks & Associates
Even if you failed a chemical test of your breath or blood, it may still be possible to exonerate you or have the charges dismissed. We can investigate the evidence for weaknesses which can be exploited to your advantage, such as police officer mistakes in the explanation and administration of the field sobriety tests, or errors in the gathering and handling of the blood sample. We place the burden of proof on the prosecutor, and with thorough preparation and aggressive litigation, may be able to clear your name. To learn more about the aggressive defense that we can bring to your case, contact a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer from our firm today!