According to reports, a 37-year-old Dade City man, presently on probation for a 2006 Florida DUI Manslaughter conviction, was arrested by Tampa police Saturday morning for DUI.
The man was arrested just before 1 a.m. and had an alleged blood alcohol level of 0.18.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, the man was pulled over for apparently driving without a seat belt. Stops for seat belt violations are immediately suspicious and should investigated by any lawyer handling this file.
Officers at the scene wrote in the arrest report that the man’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, his speech was slurred and alcohol was detected on his breath. The man allegedly indicated impairment during a field sobriety test.
The man was released from prison in March of this year after serving four years for a 2005 DUI Manslaughter charge in Hillsborough County that resulted in the death of a 48-year-old motorcyclist.
According to the Florida Department of Corrections, he is currently serving 10 years of probation.
He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail Saturday with no bond set.
The state of Florida enforces certain stipulations in association with every DUI probationary sentence. Some terms of probation are reliant on whether you are experiencing your first, second, third, or subsequent DUI conviction and others are inflicted no matter how many prior DUIs you have on your record. Probation is a very common consequence following a DUI conviction, but a violation can start the legal process all over again. Violations can potentially result in the offender being sentenced to jail or prison and can possibly bring about an even longer probation sentence.
Violating the terms of any DUI conviction is a very serious offense. When facing charges of probation violation, it is extremely necessary to consult with a Florida Violation of DUI Probation Lawyer as soon as possible. By delaying this process, you could permanently damage not only your reputation but also your future abilities to get a job, improve your career and even qualify for a loan. At Whittel & Melton our attorneys can aggressively pursue the opportunity of having the terms of your probation reinstated or potentially decrease any punishments resulting from your violation.
If you have been charged with violating your DUI probation in the Tampa Bay area or elsewhere throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 727-847-2299 or reach us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).