Florida requires harsh punishments for those arrest and convicted of Driving Under the Influence.
Some penalties can go into effect even without a conviction of a criminal charge.
For example, if you are arrested for driving under the influence and you either refused to blow into the breath test machine or blow into the machine and get a result that is higher than a .08 the State will administratively suspend your drivers license. You have ten days from the dateof your arrest to request a formal review hearing to contest the suspension (a suspension that can stay on your record for seventy-five years!).
Once you hurdle the drivers license suspension you have to address the more serious penalties associated with the criminal charge of driving under the influence.
And even if it is a first time arrest and you injured nobody, the Judge is still required to a minimum sentence of twelve months of probation, DUI school, substance abuse evaluations, treatement, heavy fines, additional license suspensions and more.
And of course this is just the minimum. A first time DUI can be punished by up to 180 days in jail. And a second DUI within five years of a previous DUI conviction requires a mninimum of 10 days in jail with a maximum of a year.
Because DUI penalties are so extreme DUI Lawyers in St. Petersburg and elsewhere in Tampa Bay look try to win cases with motion practice or trials or try to get DUI cases reduced to other, less serious charges.