What are the penalties for a Tampa DUI?

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Following a DUI arrest, it is not uncommon for the driver to have many questions. The first question that is often asked is, "What are the penalties I could face?" The answer to this question is a difficult one because it depends on the circumstances surrounding the charges the driver faces. There are a number of charges the driver could face and, with DUI cases, there are specific minimum and maximum penalties enforced upon conviction.

Retain a Defense Attorney Immediately

If you are arrested for a DUI in Tampa, it's important to contact a defense attorney immediately. They will discuss all criminal penalties you could face, as well as what charges can be challenged. The attorney will also explain to you that penalties for a Tampa DUI are based upon all the facts pertaining to your case. This means that each case is handled individually and not all penalties will be the same.

The Penalties for a Tampa DUI

This listing details all of the penalties you could face for a Tampa DUI. As you go through this list, you will notice immediately that the penalties become stiffer for those who are repeat offenders. Cases for repeat offenders are challenging to fight, but it is not impossible.

Penalties for a First Time Tampa DUI

  • Community Service: a minimum of fifty hours.
  • Deportation: if you are not a US citizen, there is a risk of deportation.
  • Fees and Fines: a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000 if a minor was
  • present, and based on what the BAC test results are.
  • Incarceration: between six and nine months depending on if a minor was present and what the BAC test results are.
  • Interlock device: drivers with a BAC greater than 0.15 have an interlocking device placed within their vehicle for a maximum of six months.
  • License suspension: a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. You have the right to obtain a permit to drive back and forth to work following a period of thirty days and the completion of DUI School.
  • Probation: a minimum of twelve months.
  • Raised insurance premiums: depending on your insurance provider, you could see your insurance rates rise.
  • Vehicle immobilization: a minimum of ten days.

Penalties for a Second Tampa DUI (within 5 years)

  • Community Service: a minimum of fifty hours.
  • DUI School: this is mandatory for second offenders.
  • Deportation: if you are not a US citizen, there is a risk of deportation.
  • Fees and Fines: a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,000 if a minor was present and based on what the BAC test results are.
  • Incarceration: between ten days and nine months, or between ten and twelve months depending on if a minor was present and what the BAC test results are.
  • Interlock device: drivers with a BAC greater than 0.15 have an interlocking device placed within their vehicle for a maximum of six months.
  • License suspension: a mandatory period of five years. You have the right to try obtaining a driving permit to drive back and forth to work after ninety days have passed.
  • Probation: a minimum of twelve months.
  • Raised insurance premiums: depending on your insurance provider, you could see your insurance rates rise.
  • Vehicle immobilization: a minimum of thirty days.

Penalties for a Third Tampa DUI (within 10 years)

  • Charges are elevated to a felony.
  • Community Service: a minimum of fifty hours.
  • DUI School: this is mandatory for third time offenders.
  • Deportation: if you are not a US citizen, there is a risk of deportation.
  • Fees and Fines: a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $5,000 if a minor was present and based on what the BAC test results are.
  • Incarceration: a minimum of thirty days in jail and a maximum of five years in prison.
  • Interlock device: drivers with a BAC greater than 0.15 have an interlocking device placed within their vehicle for a maximum of two years.
  • License suspension: a maximum of ten years. You have the right to obtain a driving permit to drive back and forth to work once one year has elapsed.
  • Probation: a minimum of twelve months and a maximum of five years.
  • Raised insurance premiums: depending on your insurance provider, you could see your insurance rates rise.
  • Vehicle immobilization: a minimum of ninety days.

Additional Resources

Finebloom & Haenel P.A. 3426 West Kennedy Blvd Tampa, Fl 33609 (813) 649-8690

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