New York Yankees prospect Mason Williams, who is currently playing Single-A ball for the Tampa Yankees, was arrested on April 25, 2013 and charged with driving under the influence in Tampa.
The 21-year-old was stopped at 2:45 a.m. after police observed his Range Rover “weaving in the lane” in a 40 mph zone.
Williams was arrested at the intersection of North Dale Mabry and North B Street during a DUI traffic stop where Tampa police claim he displayed “clues of impairment.”
He was taken to the Orient Road jail where he submitted to a breath test. His breath alcohol level was recorded at .062 and a .067.
Florida is known for treating DUI offenders rather harshly. Whether you were arrested during a sobriety checkpoint, a routine traffic stop or at the scene of an accident, the penalties of a DUI conviction are no joke. Being arrested for DUI in Florida could mean jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. A conviction for a Florida DUI could result in administrative penalties such as your driver’s license being suspended or revoked, and if that is not enough, your insurance premiums could skyrocket, or your insurance provider could drop you altogether. Not to mention the fact that a conviction will stay on your Florida driving record for 75 years.
There were 33,625 DUI convictions in Florida in 2011, according to Florida DMV records. In 2010, Hillsborough County had the highest number of DUI convictions with a staggering 3,256. While being arrested for DUI does not mean that you will be convicted of the offense, you must act fast to secure a powerful defense against the charges against you. There are many strategies that can be applied to your case to help you beat the charges or minimize the consequences of a conviction. The first thing you should do following an arrest for DUI in Florida is to contact a Tampa DUI Lawyer at Whittel & Melton.
It is never in your best interests to represent yourself when facing a DUI charge. Florida’s DUI laws are complex and the criminal justice system is quite difficult to navigate on your own. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Tampa or elsewhere in the state of Florida, a DUI Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you fight these charges. As former prosecutors, we have extensive experience helping clients all over Florida facing DUI charges. Call our Hillsborough County office for a free consultation today at 813-221-3200, or contact us online to find out how we can help you with your DUI charge.