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If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, in Tampa, you have been accused of operating a motor vehicle on a public road while legally impaired, which means a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. That is a very serious charge. Being charged with DUI means your life can potentially change very drastically. Besides the possible suspension of your license, which can make it difficult to work, if you’re convicted, you also face the possibility of having a criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life.
A DUI conviction is not like a speeding ticket, so ignoring the charges is not an option. And if you try to fight it all yourself, the results can be very bad. The potential consequences of a DUI conviction can be devastating. You may be placed on probation and made to take substance abuse classes or complete rehab. In many cases, even for a first offense, a judge can sentence you to as much as six months in jail. In fact, the state of Florida enforces statutory minimum sentences for DUI, and the only way you can avoid those is to avoid a conviction and you can’t do that on your own. For that, you need a Tampa DUI Attorney.
There are many reasons to avoid a conviction for DUI. In many cases, a conviction can cost you a job or even a career, especially if you have a commercial drivers’ license. With a CDL, a DUI conviction means an automatic revocation, even if you weren’t driving your truck at the time. A conviction will likely result in substantial fines and higher car insurance premiums. And once a conviction is on your record, the next time you’re charged with DUI, the consequences can be even more serious.
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The good news is, being charged with DUI doesn’t mean you will be convicted. In Tampa, only about half of all DUI arrests end in convictions. Throughout Florida, nearly 55,000 people are arrested for DUI every year, but the conviction rate is less than 60 percent. That means nearly 40 percent of those charged end up walking away without a DUI conviction. Sometimes, the charges are dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the court. However, in many cases, it’s because everyone agreed to a plea bargain, usually to a lesser charge with fewer consequences.
These types of dispositions happen for a variety of reasons, but it takes a highly skilled Tampa DUI Attorney, like those at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group, to examine every aspect of your case. There may have been a failure by police, prosecutors or someone else to handle evidence properly. It’s also possible that someone didn’t follow all legal or evidence handling procedures completely. However, most people don’t know enough about DUI to know what to look for. Also, in many cases, prosecutors won’t even talk to you about a deal; they will only speak to your attorney. Our Tampa DUI Attorneys have the skills and the experience necessary to investigate every aspect of your case and find any information that could lead to dismissal of your charges. Even if we can’t get a dismissal, we may be able to get you a plea deal to a lesser charge, which could reduce the negative consequences. We will examine every procedure that was followed and make sure that everything that is done in your case follows specific procedures and protocols.
If you have been charged with DUI, you are entitled to the best representation possible. A Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney from Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group will provide you with exactly that, to lessen the burden on you and your family. Our Tampa DUI Attorneys care about our clients. Our firm works from a single guiding principle; we believe in helping people. Our firm has won many awards over the years, primarily because of our very personalized and results-driven approach to client service. Every client who hires us to defend them on a DUI charge will find that we are a very caring and supportive presence at an incredibly difficult and challenging time in their lives.
One feature our clients love is our 24 HR Call Back Guarantee, which is a very strict, no-nonsense policy we developed to improve client service. Under this policy, everyone who calls our office will receive an answer within 24 hours, no exceptions. You deserve a Tampa DUI Attorney who will keep you in the loop with regard to your case; after all, it’s your life that is on the line. If you call to ask a question, you can relax; your call will never go unanswered. That’s one critical way we help relieve the stress of a DUI charge.
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At various stages of any DUI case, police officers, prosecutors and others in the process are required to follow a series of procedures and handle evidence in specific ways in order to prove your case, and they don’t always do those things. A Tampa DUI Attorney from Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group can investigate and analyze all of the facts and details relevant to your case, including how the evidence is processed. Their expertise can determine whether or not some or all of the state’s evidence should be thrown out, which can make a big difference in your case.
Because DUI charges are very serious, there are many legal details that have to be dealt with properly, if you want to lessen the negative consequences that come with a conviction. The first thing you have to deal with is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which will initiate proceedings to revoke your license if you don’t act almost immediately after your arrest. If you refuse to take a breath or blood test, your license will be suspended, but there are ways to get a hardship license from the DMV, if you know how to do that. Those are but a few of the reasons you need a Tampa DUI Attorney on your side; they know how to help you do that.
If you’re charged with DUI, there are many things to consider and so many details that can make the difference between living your best life or seeing your life ruined. Going through it all alone is never an option. The Tampa Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group have been there and handled everything before. Their knowledge and experience makes them highly qualified to find all of the deficiencies and flaws your case that could mean the difference between conviction and exoneration, or the difference between serious jail time or a few inconveniences. Contact us in Tampa today for a free consultation, so that we can help you.