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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Initial Traffic Stop
  3. Field Sobriety Tests
  4. Arrest and Booking
  5. Initial Court Appearance
  6. Pre-Trial Proceedings
  7. Trial
  8. Sentencing
  9. Post-Conviction Options
  10. How J. Manuel Neyra, PA / Neyra Law Can Help
  11. Conclusion
  12. Contact Information


Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Tampa can be an overwhelming experience. Understanding the DUI process can help you navigate the legal system more effectively and prepare for what lies ahead. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of what to expect during the DUI process in Tampa.

Initial Traffic Stop

The DUI process begins with a traffic stop. Law enforcement officers may pull you over if they suspect you are driving under the influence. During the stop, the officer will observe your behavior, ask questions, and may request that you perform field sobriety tests.

Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are used to assess your physical and mental impairment. Common tests include the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand, and horizontal gaze nystagmus test. It is important to note that you have the right to refuse these tests, though refusal may result in immediate consequences such as license suspension.

Arrest and Booking

If the officer has probable cause to believe you are under the influence, you will be arrested and taken to the police station for booking. This process includes taking your fingerprints, photographs, and collecting personal information. You will also be asked to submit to a chemical test, such as a breathalyzer, to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Initial Court Appearance

After your arrest, you will have an initial court appearance, also known as an arraignment. During this hearing, the charges against you will be read, and you will have the opportunity to enter a plea (guilty, not guilty, or no contest). It is advisable to have legal representation at this stage to help you make an informed decision.

Pre-Trial Proceedings

Pre-trial proceedings involve several steps, including discovery, where both sides exchange evidence and information. Motions may be filed to challenge the legality of the traffic stop, arrest, or evidence. Plea negotiations may also occur during this stage, potentially leading to a plea agreement that avoids trial.


If a plea agreement is not reached, your case will proceed to trial. During the trial, both the prosecution and defense will present evidence, call witnesses, and make arguments. The judge or jury will then determine your guilt or innocence based on the evidence presented.


If you are found guilty, the judge will impose a sentence. Penalties for a DUI conviction in Tampa can include fines, jail time, probation, community service, mandatory DUI education programs, and license suspension. The severity of the penalties depends on factors such as your BAC level, prior DUI convictions, and whether any aggravating circumstances were present.

Post-Conviction Options

After sentencing, you may have options to appeal the conviction or seek post-conviction relief. An experienced DUI attorney can help you explore these options and determine the best course of action.

How J. Manuel Neyra, PA / Neyra Law Can Help

Navigating the DUI process in Tampa can be challenging without the right legal support. At J. Manuel Neyra, PA / Neyra Law, we specialize in DUI defense and are committed to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.


Understanding the DUI process in Tampa is crucial for anyone facing DUI charges. By knowing what to expect and having the right legal representation, you can navigate this challenging time more effectively.

Contact Information

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