Tampa has an active social scene, and enjoying a night on the town is a common pursuit for people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of just how few drinks it may take for them to become legally intoxicated.
Tampa law enforcement takes impaired driving seriously, issuing 4,499 citations in Hillsborough County in 2017 alone. If you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, not only may your freedom be at stake, but your livelihood and reputation as well.
When someone is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), it is imperative that they are informed of their options. Tampa has many attorneys, but if you have gotten a DUI, speak to a lawyer at Khonsari Law Group and learn if we can help you. Contact our office at (727) 269-5300 or online to schedule a free consultation.
When a person signs their Florida driver’s license, they are providing “implied consent.” That means that if they are pulled over under suspicion of impaired driving, they have already consented to a blood alcohol test. Such tests are most often administered via a Breathalyzer.
If a driver is aged 21 or older, and their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher, they will be charged with driving under the influence. There is zero tolerance for underage drivers with any blood alcohol content, meaning they will be charged with DUI if they register any percentage on a Breathalyzer test.
Drivers are within their rights to refuse a chemical test. However, it is important to note that a driver may receive additional charges for the refusal of any blood alcohol content test.
DUI is a serious violation. If a driver registers between 0.08 and 0.14 BAC, they will be subject to mandatory penalties:
Anytime a driver’s BAC is 0.15 or above, or a child was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of arrest, penalties are enhanced.
A charge is not the same as a conviction, and drivers with DUI charges maintain their rights in a court of law.
The defense lawyers at Khonsari Law Group fight vigorously on behalf of all of our clients. While we value the essential role law enforcement has in our community, we also know that officers are human and capable of making mistakes. Therefore, we always analyze every fact, and when needed, we will challenge the legality of a stop, the accuracy of a Breathalyzer test, or the inadequacy of proof of impairment. No matter the severity of charges, an experienced lawyer may help, and will make the defense necessary to ensure the best possible outcomes for a case.
As a former prosecutor, Rohom Khonsari knows how the local criminal justice system operates, and he has years of experience serving clients who need a strong advocate on their side.