Tampa DUI Lawyers
Even though most DUI's are classified as the least serious misdemeanor offense, all DUI's carry hefty consequences that can have a huge impact on your life.Administrative vs. Criminal
As a Tampa DUI lawyer with several years of experience, the process after a DUI arrest and the necessary steps an individual must take to protect their interests is very familiar. For the majority of my clients facing a DUI however, it is a frightening and completely foreign situation.
The first thing I explain to my clients is that there are two main processes. One process is the possible administrative suspension of your license through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). If you submit to a breath, urine or blood test and the alcohol content is above the legal limit your license may be suspended for a period of six months. If you refuse to submit to any of the above referenced tests, your license may be suspended for a period of twelve months. There is hope however, as your attorney may request a formal review hearing challenging the suspension of your license. If your attorney makes a successful argument at the hearing, the suspension may be overturned and your license returned.
The second process is the criminal charge of DUI. If it is a first or second DUI it is classified as a misdemeanor. Depending on the amount of time between offenses, subsequent DUI charges may or may not be filed as a felony. Regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, you will receive notice of your arraignment from the clerk of court. It is at this stage that the criminal case really starts and a plea of not guilty and request for discovery is entered. The state attorney then has fifteen days to provide defense counsel with all evidence they have, including any video evidence, and a list of potential witnesses.
The life span of a typical DUI is anywhere between three to eighteen months depending on whether a negotiated plea deal is reached, or if the case proceeds to trial.
If found guilty of DUI there are mandatory sanctions that must be imposed including:
These, and other potential harsh penalties, make your choice of competent legal representation one of utmost importance.
Tampa DUI Attorney
As a client, you will meet personally with our firm's Tampa DUI attorney, John S. Castro. Unlike some Tampa DUI lawyers, John personally works on each and every case and is proud to know all of his clients on a first name basis. Mr. Castro provides each Tampa DUI client with his personal cell phone number in case of an emergency.
Former State Prosecutor
John S. Castro served as a state prosecutor in Hillsborough County Florida. During his time as a prosecutor Mr. Castro litigated over 300 trials and motions, including DUI's. Mr. Castro's combination of experience, knowledge and personal attention separates him from other Tampa DUI attorneys. He is an excellent choice to handle any criminal law matter.
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