Tampa DUI Attorney
Have you been charged with DUI in Tampa?
A DUI charge is a serious crime in Tampa that can lead to consequences that can negatively affect your life for years. When faced with an arrest for driving under the influence, determining your best legal options are should be done with the help of a Tampa DUI defense attorney. At Taracks Rickman & Associates, we are dedicated to vigorously defending you against any DUI charges in order to avoid the serious impact of a conviction.
Anyone determined by law enforcement to have been driving with .08% or higher blood alcohol content will be immediately arrested after being pulled over. In Tampa, this can lead to an automatic suspension of your license. You must request a hearing with The Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) within 10 days of your arrest in order to attempt to avoid your license suspension. Having a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer working for you can make the difference between a suspended license and criminal charges or the possibility of reduced charges or a dismissal of the charges.
DUI Defense Lawyer in Tampa
If you have been arrested for DUI, there are probably many questions in your mind concerning the different aspects of the
DUI process you will be facing. What many people are unaware of is that there are ways to fight a DUI allegation.
Breath and blood tests and field sobriety tests are not 100% accurate. While they serve as a valuable tool for law enforcement officers, mistakes can be made in the administration and interpretation of its results. If you believe this may have happened in your case, a Tampa DUI lawyer from our firm will examine all the evidence against you and seek to challenge these tests in court.
Field Sobriety Tests
One of the major types of evidence that could be help against you in court is the results of your field sobriety test. However, what many people do not realize is that these tests can be inaccurate and should not be enough to send you to jail. There are three main field sobriety tests that law enforcement officers use to determine if someone was driving under the influence. These include: the walk and turn test, the one leg stand, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. The first two tests are divided attention tests where the individual is asked to walk along a straight line or stand on one leg while counting out loud. People who are inebriated usually have a difficult time staying balanced, but this is not necessarily the only reason someone could fail it. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test looks for involuntary jerking in the eyes, but this is also present is people suffering from strokes or seizures. Read more on field sobriety tests.
You probably have questions regarding the possible DUI penalties you may be up against. You could be forced to spend time in jail and could lose driving privileges for years if convicted. If you were charged with
vehicular manslaughter, or
multiple DUI, the penalties will be even more severe. For additional information on DUI and the consequences of different types of charges, visit our pages below:
You will find that our dedicated attorney will take your DUI arrest as seriously as you do. Our legal team will meticulously investigate all aspects of your traffic stop, the arrest, testing and police investigation in order to determine whether there may have been procedures that were violated or testing that was incorrectly administered. As former prosecutors, we know all the possible defenses that can be used to fight your charges and you can be certain we will use them if they apply to your case.
With over 25 years of combined experience, our legal team is well versed in DUI cases and has extensive experience in the court room. We are ready to aggressively defend you from your DMV Hearing all the way through a trial if necessary.
Contact a Tampa DUI defense lawyer
for a caring and experienced legal representative when facing DUI charges.