Felonies DUI’s are the serious criminal charges that require strong DUI attorneys.
While misdemeanors even at their worst are only punishable by county jail time, felonies are punishable by time in prison.
And while most driving under the influence charges in Florida and in Tampa are charged as misdemeanors certain offenses are classified as felony under our law.
We call these aggravated DUIs, and a DUI charge can be turned into a felony when one of the following are present:
- The DUI results in serious bodily injury to another,
- The DUI results in a fatal accident in the death of another
- It’s a repeat offender situation where it’s 3rd DUI conviction within 10 years of a prior DUI or
- It is forth DUI conviction within any period
- Of course, penalties for felony DUI are extremely serious and include heavy fines, sometimes a permanent license revocation, and of course jail or prison time.
- They can also include an ignition interlock device being fitted on one’s vehicle that requires someone to blow into every time for the vehicle start
If you been arrested for felony DUI contact the Tampa DUI defense attorney right away as you might be facing these harsh charges. Our team at Denmon Pearlman can provide you with the legal assistance that you need to fight your felony DUI charge in Tampa.
DUI With Serious Bodily Injury
DUI’s with Serious Bodily Injury in Tampa are the great unknowns.
Unlike most DUI penalties, serious bodily injury DUI’s can see the range of punishment vary greatly with the amount of injury. Sometimes, the best way to defend DUI’s with serious bodily injury in the Tampa Courthouse is to attack the legal nature of the injury. If a medical expert can help show that the injury was not a “serious bodily injury” under the law then the charge might be reduced to a misdemeanor. This can be huge as bodily injury “points” factored into a criminal score sheet can add years to a potential prison term.
The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office often attempts to stack felony convictions on top of each other to “Felonize” the DUI. In these cases a possible defense is to attack the nature of the conviction of the underlying charge. For example, if the State cannot get the official judgment to show the underlying charge actually happened the Felony DUI Attorney can ask the court to dimiss the felony nature of the charge.
Alternatively, sometimes a party pleads to a misdemeanor DUI charge
Our Felony DUI Attorneys in Tampa
Our Felony DUI attorneys in Tampa have represented people on the most aggravated and serious of DUI charges. We have repeatedly successfully defended felony DUI cases where our clients are looking at permanent license revocations or many years in prison.
Our lead DUI trial attorney Lee Perlman has tried. His tried countless motions and negotiated successful deals for countless clients staring down felony DUI convictions.
What is not at work he is a faculty member at Stetson College of Law where he teaches future state attorneys and public defenders how to defend DUI cases.
We offer free consultations to those that have been arrested and are accused felony DUI charges in the Tampa Bay area. We have offices in Tampa, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey.