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Tampa DUI FAQ's

If I am convicted of DUI in Tampa, will I definitely go to jail?

That depends on a few factors. If this is your first DUI arrest and you have an otherwise clean criminal record, and the events surrounding your arrest were quite uneventful (as in: no one was injured and you did not damage any property), your Tampa DUI attorney may be able to convince the court that either probation or an alcohol rehabilitation treatment program would be more appropriate than jail. But if you were involved in an accident where other people were greatly harmed, or if you have been convicted of multiple DUI charges before, you could be looking at up to a year or more in jail. Still, the only way to ensure that you avoid jail time is to avoid being convicted altogether.

How long will a Tampa DUI stay on my record?

Unfortunately, once you are convicted, a DUI in Florida stays on your record forever. This is just one reason why it is critical to fight your charges before you are convicted.

I thought that I did fine on my roadside tests, but my police officer told me that I failed. What can I do?

Roadside sobriety tests are notoriously inaccurate and entirely subject to the opinion of your arresting officer. We would ideally recommend that you refuse to take these tests at all if there is any doubt about your ability to pass with flying colors. But if you did take a field test and failed, a good Tampa DUI attorney knows how to examine the evidence and police statements and expose any flaws in the tests’ conduction, observation, and results.

Do I need a lawyer or can I just represent myself?

Every United States citizen has the right to represent him or herself in court, but we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. You will be going up against prosecutors who have dedicated their careers to the study of law and gaining the respect of the court system. Having an experienced Tampa DUI attorney in your corner can ensure that your trial is fair and that your rights are properly defended at all times.