Make no mistake; any episode of Driving while Under the Influence will not have a particularly happy conclusion. Tampa and Florida state laws clearly spell out a zero tolerance for operating a motor vehicle while Under the Influence, whether it is of alcohol or a controlled substance. If you are stopped and arrested, you are facing considerable fines and possible jail time. Also, you could lose your driving privileges, either temporarily or permanently. A DUI conviction remains on your record forever. Furthermore, if your actions result in serious bodily harm or death, you will need the representation services of a Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney — one with plenty of experience and an excellent reputation.
Since 1961, McDermott Law Firm, P.A. has zealously represented Tampa drivers facing criminal charges involving drinking and driving. Or drugging and driving for that matter. The ideal Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney is one that will be at your side from the beginning to the ultimate resolution of your case.
Our firm work tirelessly on your behalf. Your Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney will absorb and understand every minute aspect of your case; as a result, if there is anything that will help or mitigate your case, we will find it. We work hard for you every step of the way.
The Key to Avoiding the Worst Sentence: Be Proactive
According to Florida Statute 316.193 (State Uniform Traffic Control: Motor Vehicles), DUI Manslaughter is a Felony offense. If convicted, it carries a mandatory minimum of four years’ imprisonment. However, prison terms vary widely from case to case. Any previous convictions will severely affect your sentence. For the best possible outcome, consult a Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney before the Tampa court system engulfs you.
Tough Times in Tampa
Statistically, Hillsborough County, with a population of just under one and a half million people, has one of the highest DUI conviction rates in the State of Florida. In addition, Tampa is both the county seat and the most populous city. It is a vibrant and busy metropolitan area, with Interstate 275 and I-4 subdividing urban and suburban tracts like major arteries. Sparkling Tampa Bay, on the western edge, is the gateway to Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Then, finally, the Gulf of Mexico.
It is a privilege to live and work in the Tampa area. In a perfect world, there would be no need for a Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney. However, it is far from perfect, and sometimes things move so quickly that you have to reach out for help. That is why putting your case in the hands of experienced professionals is key to obtaining a favorable outcome.
Why You Need a Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney
Chapter 782.071 of the Florida Statutes is concerned with Vehicular Homicide, also known as Vehicular Manslaughter. Vehicular Manslaughter is defined as recklessly causing serious injury or death with a motor vehicle, including any unborn child. Alcohol and other substances are not necessarily factors in Vehicular Homicide. The penalties, however, are just as severe. Depending on your record, what started as a tragic accident could wind you up in Criminal Court. The ultimate punishment for vehicular homicide is 15 years in prison. Also, Leaving the Scene of an Accident With Injuries or Fatalities (Hit-and-Run) carries a maximum penalty of 30 years.
Your Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney can counter the testimonies of Tampa law enforcement officers with expert witnesses. Independent accident reconstruction experts can take the incident apart, piece by crucial piece. Your team at McDermott Law Firm, P.A. has the knowledge and experience to fight for your best interest. In court, a good lawyer will question, pull apart, and re-examine every last detail of the accident.
The Determined Team at McDermott Law Firm, P.A.
Frank W. McDermott’s reputation as an aggressive lawyer who will dig deep into the case and fight for you has earned him the nickname Law Dog®. When a dedicated Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Attorney like Frank McDermott takes your case, you know he will fight with fierce tenacity for you, the client. When you find yourself in an uncomfortably tight spot, our firm will not let go. That is because we know the law, and we will not let your situation overwhelm you.
In trouble? Do not wait — call McDermott Law Firm, P.A. now at (727) 367-1080.