A DUI arrest requires skilled and aggressive representation. The attorneys and staff of Finebloom & Haenel have the necessary experience to fight your case and defend your rights.
The attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel have been defending individuals in DUI and DUI related cases for over 10 years. Do not settle for an attorney or firm that claims to do DUI defense. Our combined experience in DUI matters spans over 35 years. Our DUI Lawyers in Tampa have tried over 100 DUI trials before a jury. At Finebloom & Haenel over 75% of our cases are DUIs or DUI related offenses. Our defense team includes former public defenders, felony prosecutors and the 2004 Former DUI State of Florida Prosecutor of the Year. There is no issue in a DUI case that we are no familiar with or that we have not litigated. At Finebloom & Haenel our experience works for you.
In addition to experienced attorneys, your defense team includes knowledgeable and friendly staff. At Finebloom & Haenel we pride ourselves on providing outstanding service to our clients. We know that having a pending criminal matter is stressful and that you will have questions. When you hire Finebloom & Haenel you receive a team of professionals dedicated to you. Our level of service is unmatched by our competitors. Our team will keep you involved and informed so that you feel comfortable with the defense of your case. It is this dedication that sets us above the rest.
If you or a friend or a family member have been arrested for DUI, we are available to answer your questions 24/7. Our office is conveniently located at 3426 West Kennedy Boulevard, in the heart of Tampa. Call us now at 813-775-4194 and let our experience work for you.
As soon as an officer charges you with DUI, your driver’s license is suspended on the spot for a period of six months. If you had a valid license at the time of your DUI arrest, the citation the officer has given you will serve as a 10-day temporary driver’s license.
If you want to challenge the suspension, you must contact the administrative review office to schedule a hearing within 10 days. When you schedule that hearing, your temporary driving privilege may be extended up to 45 days to allow time for the hearing to occur.
You will keep your driving privilege if, at the hearing, you win your case with the hearing officer. If you do not win your administrative hearing, your driving privilege will be suspended for six, 12 or 18 months, depending on the individual situation.
If you do not want to challenge the suspension, you may not drive after the 10-day temporary period until your six-, 12- or 18-month suspension period is over, or until you are granted a hardship license.
Officers consider “the totality of the circumstances” when making an arrest. This phrase means that every little thing you do on the scene counts. Sometimes the smallest movements, such as raising your arms “too high” or turning your head can be a deciding factor in your arrest. Many officers will arrest someone simply because they smell alcohol, or because the person admitted to drinking.
A trained attorney can help you use your good performance on your roadside tests to challenge your arrest in court. They can also use your good performance as evidence to assist you in trial.
Yes! No one is guilty of DUI until they enter a plea or are found guilty in a court of law.
Our attorneys are familiar with every aspect of DUI law. Their in-depth knowledge ensures you get the best defense possible throughout the entire process. From arrest to the conclusion of your case, we represent you and your interests. Our experience enables us to achieve the best results for your situation.
Yes. You only have 10 days to schedule an administrative review hearing if you want to challenge the suspension. If you do not take action to keep your license in those 10 days, your license will be suspended for the necessary period of time.
You will probably go to jail for at least eight to 12 hours. Many times a person is taken to the jail for a breath test, whether they have been formally arrested or not. Under Florida law, a person arrested for DUI must be held at least eight hours before release, unless they are no longer intoxicated, their faculties are no longer impaired, or they have a BAC (blood alcohol content) less than .05.
If you lose your case at trial or enter a plea, it is possible that you will be sentenced to jail. The amount of jail you serve, if any at all, is up to the sentencing judge, and these are some guidelines:
A first time DUI is punishable by up to six months in a county jail.
A second DUI is punishable by up to nine months in a county jail. If it is a second offense within five years there is a MANDATORY 10-day jail sentence that must be imposed.
A third DUI is punishable by up to one year in jail. A third offense within 10 years carries with it a MANDATORY 30-day jail sentence that must be imposed.
A fourth DUI is considered a felony and substantial jail or prison time may be imposed.
If you are charged with refusing a breath test, you may face up to one year in jail.
If your breath test “blow” measures over .15, the maximum jail time may be extended by up to three months.
The hiring of an attorney may seem like an expensive financial commitment. However, it is important to protect your rights when facing a DUI charge.
A conviction of DUI can lead to fines of $500 up to $4,000, court costs (which can range from $200 to $1,000), costs for the mandatory impoundment of your vehicle, and the monthly cost of supervision for probation. Depending on your breath test “blow,” there could also be a required ignition interlock device, which is quite expensive.
Other than the mandatory fees required by law, there are also associated costs such as increased insurance rates, time off work or loss of a job, fees associated with your loss of license and the overall inconvenience of having a DUI conviction on your record.
Although an attorney can never guarantee a dismissal of your case, it is important to protect your rights so that you can try to avoid the heavy financial costs associated with a DUI conviction.