John S. Castro
Top-Rated AVVO DUI Attorney in Tampa
Former Florida State Prosecutor
Licensed by the Florida Bar Since 2005
Member of the National College for DUI Defense
There are serious consequences to conviction for a DUI, including, but not limited to losing your license. Depending on your particular circumstances, an experienced DUI attorney may be able to get your Driving Under the Influence charges dropped or reduced. Your lawyer may also be able to negotiate lesser penalties, (again, depending on the situation).
Because there are many possible outcomes in a DUI case, it is important to have a realistic assessment of your unique circumstances, which is why I provide a free initial consultation. Clients who decide to hire me as their attorney are hiring a seasoned professional who is familiar with the range of possibilities in DUI law – not only with experience defending DUI clients, but former experience prosecuting such cases as well. It provides me with a unique perspective that I apply to each and every Tampa DUI defense, as I aggressively strive to obtain the best possible outcome for your individual case.
First Steps After a Tampa DUI Arrest
Even though most DUI’s are classified as the least serious misdemeanor offense, all carry hefty consequences that can have a huge impact on your life. There are important steps to take after your arrest, and as an experienced Tampa DUI attorney, I can guide you through them.
The Two Main Processes of a Tampa FL DUI
For the majority of my clients facing a DUI, it is a frightening and completely foreign situation. 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.
The first thing I explain to my clients is that there are two main processes. One involves the Department of Motor Vehicles and impacts your right to drive. The other involves the courts and impacts your freedom, as well as your right to drive, and more.
Can a Tampa DUI Attorney Help You Keep Your License?
The first of the two DUI processes 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 DUI lawyer 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.
Tampa DUI Criminal Charges & Defense
The second process is the criminal charge of DUI. If it is a first DUI 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.
How Long Does a Tampa DUI Case Last?
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. As your Tampa DUI attorney, I will explain the most advantageous course in your particular case, and what the duration is likely to be.
Tampa DUI Penalties
If found guilty of DUI in the state of Florida, there are mandatory sanctions that must be imposed including:
- An additional court ordered license suspension which is independent from the administrative suspension;
- 50 community service hours;
- DUI school;
- 10 day vehicle impoundment;
- $500 or greater fine.
These, and other potential harsh penalties, make your choice of competent legal representation one of utmost importance. Contacting a Tampa DUI Attorney as soon as possible after your arrest will help you best assess your situation and the steps you need to take next. Take advantage of my free initial consultation to guide you in this matter.
Top-Rated Tampa DUI Attorney John S. Castro
As a client, you will meet personally with me, firm partner and top-rated Tampa DUI attorney, John S. Castro. Unlike some lawyers in Tampa, I personally work on each and every case and I am proud to know all of my clients on a first name basis. I provide each client with my personal cell phone number in case of an emergency. Like all the attorneys at our firm, I am guided by deep rooted principles and dedicated to providing you with the highest level of legal services and the individual attention and respect you deserve. Read reviews from my DUI clients to see what they have to say.
Get the Experience of a Former State Prosecutor
I served as a state prosecutor in Hillsborough County Florida. During my time as a prosecutor I litigated over 300 trials and motions, including DUI’s. I expect my combination of experience, knowledge and personal attention to distinguish me from many other Tampa DUI lawyers. Contact me for a free consultation regarding your Tampa case.