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Tampa DUI Defense Lawyer
Just like operating a motor vehicle, it is illegal to operate any type of watercraft while under the influence of alcohol over the legal amount of 0.08 percent.
Florida is a “zero tolerance” state when it comes to underage drinking and driving. Those under the age of 21 that are found to have a BAC of more than .02 will be arrested for DUI and could risk losing their license.
Upon a second conviction, your penalties will increase. A second DUI conviction in Florida can cause your fines to increase to $2,000 and a third DUI conviction can result in a mandatory 30 day prison sentence or up to one year if it was the third conviction within a ten year period.
A felony DUI conviction can result in a $5,000 fine, up to five years in prison and other serious penalties. Typically, this charge is reserved for those whose DUI caused injury, death or this was their second or subsequent offense.
Manslaughter and vehicular homicide penalties are listed out in the Florida Statutes § 316.193. Depending on the exact circumstances, this could be a first or second degree felony (meaning 15 to 30 years in prison).
DUI with Drugs
It is difficult to prove that a person was under the influence of drugs to the extent that it impaired their driving. There may be a strong defense for you if you were arrested for DUI & drugs, especially if it involved prescription drug use.
DUI with Injury
This crime can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony per Florida Statute 316.193(3) and 316.193(2). Those arrested for DUI with simple personal injury can face a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 or one year imprisonment. Those arrested for DUI with serious bodily injury will be facing a third degree felony punishable by up to $5,000 and up to five years imprisonment.
According to Florida Statute 316.193(3), vehicular homicide and manslaughter is a second degree felony punishable by up to $10,000 and up to 15 years imprisonment. Aggravating factors such as leaving the scene can bump the penalties up to a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment.
The Fernandez & Hernandez Firm’s lawyers handle DUI / Drunk driving defense cases throughout the entire Tampa, South Tampa & West Tampa area. Areas we service include Town ‘n’ Country, Brandon, Riverview, West Tampa, West Chase, Hyde Park, Culbreath, West Shore, Palma Ceia, Gulfview, 33635, 33615, 33634, 33626, 33625, 33508, 33509, 33510, 33511,33568, 33569, 33578, 33579 & all of Hillsborough County and the state of Florida.