20+ Years Handling DUI Cases in Pinellas County
If you’re facing a first-time DUI charge in St. Petersburg or Pinellas County, FL, you are probably wondering whether you will go to jail and what will happen to your driving privileges. You may also be overwhelmed and scared at the prospect of jail or losing your license after a DUI arrest. At The Denson Firm, we provide you with answers and quality legal representation to help ease your fears and ensure that you understand your rights.
Bruce was on task every step of the way. From the very beginning, he was able to stand out from other lawyers by communicating my options clearly and with certainty. He then executed everything that was discussed successfully. In my case, I was charged with a 2nd degree felony. Bruce was able to lower it to a 3rd degree, give me a withhold of adjudication, and keep me to 16 months of probation–which I did in 8 for good conduct…
Anonymous, Avvo Review
Mr. Denson took my case literally a handful of days before my case was to be heard in court. He did a great job and was very thorough. He even followed up to ensure the court updated their records to note my ticket was dismissed. Great demeanor and very easy to work with.
Anonymous, Avvo Review
Mr. Denson and his assistant Betty are top notch. Both of them had great professional yet personal demeanors and were easy to work with. Mr. Denson did a great job of handling my case. He saw it all the way through, even ensuring that the court updated their records and annotated my ticket as dismissed. I would definitely hire him again, but hoping I don’t need to.
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You must take action with the DMV within 10-days of being charged with DUI or DWI (drunk driving), or you will automatically lose your driving privileges!
First DUI in Pinellas County: What to Expect
First-time DUI/DWI offenders in Pinellas County can go to jail for up to 6-months. Additionally, you can lose your driving privileges for a minimum of 180-days and up to 1-year.
You need to enlist the assistance of a DUI/DWI defense lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected. At The Denson Firm, we have over 20+ years of experience defending individuals charged with drunk driving (DUI/DWI) in Pinellas County, FL. We take the time to explain the law, criminal process (for your DUI charges), civil process (for your administrative hearing about your driver’s license suspension or revocation), and outline your options.
We’ll also provide you with advice and recommendations based on our experience and history of successfully defending individuals charged with a Florida DUI.
Did you know there are DUI diversion programs available in some parts of Florida? At The Denson Firm, we’ll explore whether a DUI diversion program may be available to defer prosecution and avoid a DUI conviction in your case. If you were arrested in Manatee or Sarasota, you might qualify for The Driver Enhanced Treatment Education & Rehabilitation Program (DETER).
What Happens to My Driver’s License & Driving Record?
When you are charged with a first-time DUI, a law enforcement officer will typically take your driver’s license. However, if your driver’s license was valid at the time of the DUI charge, you will be eligible for a BPO (Business Purposes Only) permit/license, which will be shown at the bottom of the citation if you are eligible.
If you blew over .08 on the blood alcohol test, your license would be suspended for six months, a civil matter done by the DMV. Additionally, if you refused the blood alcohol test or a urine test, your license would be suspended for 12 months, which is also a civil matter controlled by the DMV. Depending on the circumstance, these matters may be utilized to develop your defense by your attorney, but these suspensions are separate from a criminal DUI charge.
It’s highly recommended to go to the DMV Office of Administrative Reviews within 10-days to apply for a waiver review hearing. Doing so allows you to meet certain conditions to receive the BPO license, so you can drive for the remainder of the suspension for business purposes. A BPO license is only available for first-time DUI charges.
Florida takes DUIs very seriously. If you are convicted of DUI, it will stay on your criminal record for 75 years. DUI charges can’t be sealed or expunged. Still, multiple strategies can be taken to prevent a conviction, including potentially pleading to a lesser charge or by entering a pretrial diversion program if you qualify.
Due to the seriousness of a DUI conviction, if you’re facing charges, you should contact a skilled DUI attorney to determine your best strategy.