If the State chafed you with a misdemeanor, I highly doubt they will upgrade your charge to a felony. The prosecutors in Tampa rarely do so.
That said, they will likely ask for 3rd w/in 10 sanctions, including 30 days in jail and a 10 year DL suspension, among other things. If your first DUI plea was uncounseled, the court cannot hold that DUI against you. In that case, you'd be looking at 2nd outside of 5 sanctions, which is a tremendous difference.
I was a DUI prosecutor for over 2 years here in Tampa and I currently defend DUI's in town. Feel free to call for a consultation if you haven't already retained counsel.
It is charged as a misdemeanor now because the state attorney has not received the certified copies of your previous convictions. Once they receive all of that they will amend the information against. you. I would seek a top ranked DUI defense attorney's counsel due to the severity of the circumstances. www.duidogg.com
Get a great lawyer who knows what he is doing. They can and hopefully will charge this as a felony DUI. a third offense within 10 years of a second is a felony in Florida. Do not let them know the first was uncounselled until after 90 days has past from arrest and do not waive speedy trial under any circumstances. After 90 days have passed, file a motion to dismiss the felony DUI based on uncounselled prior plea. Then when they try to refile as misdemeanor, file a notice of untimely file based on expiration of speedy trial and watch that case be dismissed also. Please note, a local attorney who knows all the facts of the case will be able to advise you if this stragey will work for you based on the facts of your uncounselled plea. The plea must be uncounselled and you must not have waived your right to counsel on the record. I have used the strategy several times. If you are interested, I would be willing to co-counsel the case with local Tampa counsel and can recommend who you should use if you would like to contact me. 321-332-6864
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I agree with Mr. Katz, except that you already indicated that it is being charged as a misdemeanor. So, now you need to look at the charging document, (information) to determine how exactly they are charging it, you also have an elevated blow, so it appears that you need to begin mitigating with an attorney as soon as possible.
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I recommend you call Mr. Katz. He will give you the best opportunity to have the case resolved in the best possible manner. He routinely speaks at DUI seminars and is very knowledgeable as it relates to DUI defenses.
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