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Vehicle Impoundment – Florida DUI Law

If you are arrested for DUI in the Tampa Bay area, your vehicle may be impounded by law enforcement officials. The impoundment of your vehicle will be in addition to any other penalty enforced under Florida DUI law. If you depend on your vehicle for transportation or employment, the impoundment can create serious consequences in your life. Fortunately, a Tampa DUI lawyer may be able to get your vehicle impoundment waived by the court and allow you to continue operating your vehicle with little delay.

Under Florida DUI law, your vehicle may be impounded for up to 90 days if convicted of DUI. The length of impoundment will vary based on the circumstances of the arrest and whether or not you have any prior DUI convictions. The impoundment can occur by either having your car towed to an impoundment lot, or by placing a boot on your vehicle. A boot is a device that is placed on the vehicle’s tire and prevents the car from being moved. Regardless of the method of impoundment, the driver will be responsible for all of the costs associated with the process of impoundment.

Prevent Your Car From Being Impounded

The best way to avoid having your vehicle impounded is to contact a Tampa DUI attorney as soon as you are arrested for drunk driving. An attorney specializing in DUI arrests can mount a defense against the charges and may be able to prevent a conviction. However, if you were convicted of DUI you may still be able to avoid impoundment by working with a DUI lawyer. In certain circumstances, a court will waive impoundment and release the driver’s vehicle. For instance, if the vehicle is used by a family member to travel to work or school, the impounded may be waived by the court.

Contact an Experienced Florida DUI Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI contact Florida Law Advisers, P.A. to speak with a DUI lawyer in Tampa. An attorney at our firm can help you fight the charges by developing a comprehensive legal strategy based on the specific facts of your case. For answers to your questions, or to begin preparing for your defense, contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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