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According to Florida law, a DUI is defined as driving impaired while under the influence of alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances. If you are charged with a DUI in Florida, you face serious consequences immediately and in the future. This is why it is essential that you turn to Catania & Catania for legal representation that will defend your driving privileges and protect your rights.
Driving Under the Influence in Tampa, Florida
Driving under the influence has the potential to significantly impact your life for many years to come. Not only do you risk loss of driving privileges, vehicle impoundment, large fines, and incarceration, but if convicted you also face higher insurance rates, ignition interlock requirements, and lost educational and employment opportunities. If you cause property damage, serious bodily injury, or death as a result of your DUI, the consequences become even more severe. Florida law also specifies that DUI punishments intensify with each conviction, so if this is not your first DUI offense, representation by an experienced attorney is even more essential.
Fighting DUI Charges in Florida
Your DUI conviction is not automatic, and the attorneys from Catania & Catania know exactly how to identify the best methods of defense in order to minimize or overturn your charges. This begins with the fact that a DUI offense in the state of Florida must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Your attorney may be able to challenge specific elements of your DUI charge in order to establish doubt and prevent or minimize your conviction.
The penalties for your DUI will depend upon many factors, including your cooperation during arrest, if you had minors in the car, whether you have any previous DUI convictions. As a first-time offender, you may face a fine of $500 or more, 50 hours of community service, at least six months of driver’s license revocation, impoundment of your vehicle, up to six months of imprisonment, and up to a year of probation. These penalties become more severe with your second, third, or fourth conviction. Only your attorney can help you identify the best way to approach your charges and minimize the impact on your life.
Protect Your Rights with Catania & Catania
There is no denying that a DUI conviction will carry negative consequences on your financial, legal, and personal life. The best way to fight the potential ramifications of a DUI is to acquire knowledgeable and experienced legal representation from Catania and Catania. Call 1(800) 253-5523 now to speak to an attorney about your case. We have served the Tampa, Florida area for 25 years and are committed to vigorously defending your legal rights in any criminal defense situation. Submit a free consult request here.