Answers To Your DUI Questions
At Rashad Green Firm, P.A., clients throughout Tampa and Tallahassee have questions about driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Florida. The law is complicated in this area and, depending on the circumstances, the penalties can be severe.
Read the questions and answers below, and talk with experienced lawyer, Rashad Green, to discuss your defense options.
Does it matter if it’s the first time getting a DUI?
Yes. While it does not matter in terms of whether or not you will be charged, it matters in terms of the potential penalties you could face.
After your first DUI conviction, each subsequent conviction brings increased penalties. Multiple DUI convictions could result in a felony DUI charge, with mandatory minimum jail times and other severe penalties.
Is there a mandatory jail sentence?
The determination of mandatory jail time depends on a number of factors. First, for a general, first-offense DUI with no aggravating factors, there is no mandatory minimum jail time other than the day of arrest. However, with aggravating factors or multiple convictions, you could face a mandatory jail sentence, and the extent of the sentence increases with each subsequent conviction.
Is my license going to be revoked?
If you don’t act fast to save your driving privileges, your license will be suspended.
It is important to note that a license suspension is not dependent on a DUI conviction, and there is a strict time limit to reserve your right to appeal the suspension. At the time of arrest, your case will go through an administrative process, separate from the criminal trial, in which you can appeal and fight for your diving privileges. If you don’t get your appeal filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of the arrest, you will lose the opportunity to fight for your driving privileges.
Attorney Rashad Green can help you with both the criminal DUI defense and the administrative process of retaining your driving privileges.
What are enhanced DUI penalties in Florida?
Enhanced penalties occur when there exists at least one previous DUI conviction on your record or other aggravating factors. For example, if you were arrested with exceptionally high blood alcohol content (BAC), you had a minor in your car while driving intoxicated or caused someone else serious injury as a result of drunk driving, these would be considered aggravating factors that could result in enhanced penalties.
More Questions? Contact Rashad Green Firm, P.A.
Attorney Green is available to answer your questions and help you with your DUI defense. Call 813-521-8006 to reach his Tampa office or 850-669-1500 for this Tallahassee office. You can also email the firm today to schedule a consultation.