Misconceptions In A Tampa DUI

At the law office of the Tampa DUI Lawyer, we deal with many different clients from all states in life.  Most of them hold common Tampa DUI misconceptions that we have aimed to correct in the information listed below.

I don’t have to take a field sobriety test or a BAC test.

You do not have to submit to a field sobriety test or an on-location test.  You do however have to submit to a chemical BAC test.  If you deny taking a BAC test, you will be arrested and your refusal will result in additional penalties should your case reach a conviction.  Statistically speaking, offenders that refuse a BAC test are more likely to be convicted given that refusal is seen as an admittance of guilt in court.

I can’t be arrested if my BAC tests below .08%.

Even if you are “not that drunk” and your BAC is below .08%, a police officer can arrest you and charge your for DUI if he or she feels that your driving ability is impaired at any level.

If my case is dismissed, my license is safe.

This is not so.  The DMV oversees all driving records on its own accord.  Being arrested for DUI means that you have given the DMV just cause to suspend your license.  You or your Tampa DUI attorney must contact the DMV and request a hearing within 10 days of your arrest; or else your license will be automatically suspended.

BUI is not as big of a deal as DUI.

While drunk boating penalties may not appear to be as serious as those for DUI, you will still face potential jail time, the loss of your boat and your boating privileges.  This is not to mention any increases in your boat insurance rates or cancellation of your membership in boating or yachting clubs.

I don’t need an attorney.

You don’t have to appoint an attorney to your case; but if you want to possibly have your case dropped or minimize the penalties you face in the event that you are convicted, then you definitely need a Tampa DUI lawyer.  Contact our office today for a free case evaluation.