Driving Under the Influence

Tampa DUI Lawyer

Under Florida law a driver is presumed to be legally impaired if his or her blood alcohol content is .08 or above.  This is a stringent requirement and you do have valuable legal rights that apply in this situation. Please contact Tampa DUI lawyer, Richard M. Rocha, to further learn what your legal right are.

Individuals charged with DUI are frequently novices in the legal system.  What you say and what you do at the time you are stopped by law enforcement may well determine the successful defense of your case.

If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI, you have certain rights that you should exercise.  You should take the following action at the time of your stop:

  • Provide the officer with your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance upon initial contact
  • Do not volunteer information
  • Do not answer any questions regarding where you have been or how many drinks you have consumed before entering your vehicle
  • Do not take any field sobriety tests
  • Do not take the breathalyzer exam

If you have ingested any alcohol prior to the time of your stop, you should refuse to take the breath test.  If you chose to perform the field sobriety tests and undergo a breath test, you are furnishing the State of Florida with two compelling pieces of evidence against you.

If you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, contact Tampa DUI lawyer Richard M. Rocha, P.A., for a free consultation regarding the defense of your case.

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