Under the new Florida law, if you're convicted of a DUI, your freedoms could be severely limited. This case was one example where we were able to help a client avoid these consequences by getting the actual charge reduced
TAMPA, FL (PRWEB) April 1, 2009
Tampa DUI attorney Jeff Rich of Mayberry/Rich law firm circumvented Florida's enhanced DUI sanctions, successfully reducing a clients DUI charge to a reckless driving charge with minimal sanctions. Under the new enhanced DUI sanctions passed in Florida as of October 1, 2008, persons convicted of a DUI with a breathalyzer result over .15 in the state of Florida will be forced to install an interlock device in their vehicle and be subject to increased fines, potential increased public services hours, and potential advanced DUI school.
As of October 1, 2008, Florida imposes mandatory restrictive sanctions for persons who produce a breath result of over .150 on a DUI arrest. These sanctions include being forced to install an interlock device in their vehicle, as well as being subject to increased fines, potential increased public services hours, potential advanced DUI school, and potential manatory jail -- all of which can greatly affect the quality of life and restrict the freedom of the convicted individual.
Tampa DUI attorney Jeff Rich was retained by a defendant who had produced breathalyzer results of .155 and .164, nearly twice the legal limit and above the limit which would require mandatory restrictive sanctions if convicted of a DUI. After reviewing the video that was taken by the arresting officer, Attorney Rich determined that the officer did not have probable cause to stop the defendant and filed a motion to suppress and set it for a hearing. As a result, the State Attorney offered to reduce the charge to reckless driving with very minimal sanctions in exchange for agreeing to not go forward with the motion. The defendant accepted the reduction and entered a plea to reckless driving, thus avoiding the restrictive sanctions that would have been imposed on him had he been convicted of a DUI.
"With the new sanctions that Florida imposes if you're convicted of driving under the influence, it's more important than ever to hire a Florida DUI lawyer who is able to clearly assess the facts of your case in your defense," said Jeff Rich, DUI attorney with Mayberry/Rich, a Tampa criminal defense law firm specializing in DUI defense cases. "Under the new Florida law, if you're convicted of a DUI, your freedoms could be severely limited. This case was one example where we were able to help a client avoid these consequences by getting the actual charge reduced," said Rich.
For more information about DUI attorney Jeff Rich or the Mayberry/Rich law firm, visit http://www.mayberryrich.com, where you can review this and other case results, get legal information and advice from their Tampa Criminal Defense Blog, and request a free consultation on your case.
Mayberry/Rich is a full service criminal defense law firm serving clients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersurg, and all of the surrounding Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk County area. Partners Jason Mayberry and Jeff Rich specialize in personalized, aggressive criminal defense in the areas of DUI and traffic law, felony and misdemeanor defense, and more. Mayberry/Rich also specializes in personal injury law. For more information on Mayberry/Rich criminal defense or DUI defense services, or for a free consultation, call 813-251-3330 or visit http://www.mayberryrich.com.
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