Tampa DUI and Reckless Driving Attorney
As most Floridians know, a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs has very serious consequences. Among these are high fines, jail time, and community service. Additionally, DUI charges cannot be sealed or expunged, meaning your criminal record will follow you for the rest of your life. To avoid these harsh consequences, a Tampa DUI and reckless driving attorney can often get these charges reduced so the penalties you face are less severe.
DUI and Reckless Driving Penalties
A conviction for either a DUI or reckless driving will carry certain penalties. Those levied for driving under the influence, though, are much harsher. Even for a first offense, a DUI conviction is punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine ranging between $500 and $1,000, as well as a revocation of your driver’s license for at least 180 days and up to one year.
The maximum punishment for a reckless driving conviction is 90 days in jail and a $500 fine, unless you have a previous conviction for reckless driving.
Factors Considered when Reducing DUI Charges
The state prosecutor has the discretion to reduce a DUI charge to one of reckless driving. The biggest factor the prosecution will consider is whether they can secure a conviction. If the prosecution believes the defendant has a good possibility of being found innocent, they will be much more likely to consider reducing the charges. Other factors the prosecution will consider include:
- If the defendant was found to be polite and cooperative during the arrest and DUI investigation,
- Any prior record of the defendant’s, and
- If the defendant has already completed an enhanced sanction of their own will, such as completion of a DUI treatment course or the installation of an ignition interlock device.
The Benefit of Getting Charges Reduced
There are many benefits that come with getting DUI charges reduced to reckless driving. The most obvious of these is the reduced penalties you will face. However, there are others, as well. If you are otherwise eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, you can do this after a certain amount of time has passed. Additionally, you will not lose your driver’s license the same way you would after being convicted of driving under the influence.
Lastly, in DUI cases the court must impose certain penalties, such as fines, community service hours, and completion of a DUI course. These are not mandatory sentences in reckless driving cases, giving you more freedom even if you are convicted.
Our DUI and Reckless Driving Attorney in Tampa Can Get Your Charges Reduced
It is possible to get DUI charges reduced, but you should work with a Tampa DUI and reckless driving attorney who knows how to do it. At HD Law Partners, our seasoned attorney will negotiate with the prosecution and argue your case so you have the best chance of getting your charges reduced. Call or text us now at 813-964-7878 or connect with us online to schedule a free consultation.