Once you have a DUI conviction on your record, subsequent charges are taken much more seriously. If you thought the consequences of your original DUI were harsh, you could be facing even stronger penalties, including:
Because the punishments become much more dramatic with subsequent charges, it is especially important that you seek aggressive and experienced representation if this is not your first DUI charge. We will conduct an investigation into every aspect of your stop and review the procedure that was used by the police to make sure you were afforded every right you are entitled to under the law.
In order to be considered a “second offense,” a subsequent DUI charge must be made within 5 years of the first DUI. This is called the “look back period.” The look back period for a 3rd offense is 10 years. Sometimes the prosecution charges individuals with a 2nd or 3rd offense, when in fact the look back period has expired. While your DUI charge must still be dealt with, you may be facing the harsher consequences of a multiple DUI unnecessarily.
An experienced DUI attorney will be on the lookout for this and attempt to have the charges reduced to the appropriate level. In addition, your DUI attorney should also help you address the administrative penalties that accompany a DUI charge. Administrative penalties such as driver’s license suspension are separate processes from your DUI charge and are not dependent on the outcome of your criminal charge.
Just because you have a prior conviction on your record does not mean you are destined for another conviction or the maximum penalties. We will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for your current case regardless of your prior convictions.
Our Tampa-based attorneys have experience fighting DUI charges on behalf of our clients. This enables us to move quickly and address the many time-sensitive aspects of a DUI case. Waiting to talk to an attorney can only have a negative impact on the quality of representation your lawyer is able to provide. This is not a time for procrastination or delay.
For an honest assessment of your multiple DUI charge in the Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando and Clearwater areas, contact our firm today. We will put our experience to work crafting the most thorough and aggressive defense strategy possible. Our goal is to make sure that you feel as if your questions have been answered and your concerns addressed.