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Recent Posts in beat a DUI Category

February 25, 2013

Life After A Tampa DUI

As many of you may already know, a Tampa driving under the influence conviction does not end when all the fines are paid and penalties are satisfied. Unfortunately, this is the type of conviction that you will be asked about in other aspects of your life. Here’s a look at the three most common areas that individuals with a DUI conviction have to continue dealing with:

  1. Insurance—Insurance companies reward drivers for good behavior with reduced rates. Conversely, they punish drivers for what they consider bad behavior with increased rates. Things like car accidents that were deemed your fault and DUI convictions are the two main things that will serve to make your insurance premiums significantly increase for years.
January 2, 2013

Advice On Out of State DUI’s

Not from Tampa but got a DUI in Tampa? You are not the first person to learn just how strict the city of Tampa is when it comes to DUI’s. Now you know. Sure Tampa is a great place to visit but it is certainly not a great place to get a DUI in. In fact, the entire state of Florida is considered one of the strictest in the nation when it comes to DUI patrolling and punishments—bet they didn’t include that in the tour books. That being said, we have some helpful advice on how to handle an out of state DUI.…

December 14, 2012

Hillsborough County Penalties for First DUI Conviction

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 3,256 DUI convictions in Hillsborough County in 2010. With numbers like that there is one conclusion that you should draw from it—Hillsborough County police take driving under the influence incidents very seriously. Local police are some of the strictest in the state when it comes to locating drunk drivers. In Hillsborough County, police typically perform a breath or chemical (blood) test to determine if the individuals’ blood alcohol content is over the legal limit of .08. Although neither of these tests are fool proof, they are very persuasive evidence against the driver in court.…

November 9, 2012

Can You Refuse A Chemical DUI Test In Tampa?

Driving is a privilege and not a right in the United States. Because of this important distinction, in order for the state of Florida to bestow upon you the privilege of getting behind the wheel, you have to agree to some important conditions. One item you agreed to went into place the second you signed for your license. Known as implied consent, Tampa drivers essentially consented to taking DUI testing whenever the police suspect you of driving under the influence. That may not seem fair since many of you would like that decision in the moment rather than having to say yes at the DMV years ago, but such is the reality of driving in Tampa.…

November 2, 2012

Can You Refuse A Breath Test In Tampa, Florida?

Driving with a BAC of .08 or above in Florida is a very bad idea. The police in Tampa are always on the lookout for drunk drivers and do not look kindly on those drivers that do not cooperate with the system. But a .08 BAC is not a number police can arrive at without the help of chemical testing. To determine with such specificity if a driver is over the legal limit in Tampa, police will often request that the driver take a breath test. The breath test measures a driver’s blood alcohol level by determining the amount of ethanol (a key ingredient in alcohol) in his or her breath.…

February 18, 2010

Tampa Man Falls Asleep Behind The Wheel After A Traffic Stop And Is Arrested For DUI

A 33-year-old Tampa man was pulled over on I-75 in Brooksville Tuesday evening. According to Hernando Today, by the time a second deputy arrived on the scene Julio Angel Class was passed out behind the wheel.
of his red van. Class volunteered for a breathalyzer but no alcohol was detected, He allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for

Class was taken to Hernando County Jail where he bond was set at $500. According to the story the Tampa resident gave a urine sample that police will use to look for drugs in the man’s system. The arrest report states that deputies had to shake Class to get him to wake up.…

January 19, 2010

Tampa Man Arrested For DUI After His 13-Year-Old Calls Police To Report Him

A Tampa man is under arrest at Orient Road jail after his 13-year-old child called police and told them the father was driving drunk. Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies showed up at the scene and said 33-year-old Gary Joe Greer had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet according to a story on The deputies reported the man seemed impaired.

Greer was stopped and arguing with another person when his 13-year-old child left the car and called 911. The arrest report states that Greer admitted he was drunk and asked to be taken to jail. The deputies obliged that request.…

January 18, 2010

Tampa Driver Accused Of Drunk Driving Hits Channelside Trolley Saturday Night

A GMC Denali collided with a Tampa trolley Saturday night at Channelside Drive and Cumberland. Nobody in the SUV or on the trolley were hurt but Tampa Police have charged 35-year old Joshua Pelletier with DUI in the accident. He was also charged with failure to drive on a designated roadway.

The head-on collision occurred shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. There were four passengers onboard the trolley at the time police suspect the drunk driving accident took place. Pelletier was allegedly driving northbound on the trolley tracks when he collided with the southbound trolley.…

December 16, 2009

Being Arrested For DUI Does Not Mean You Will Be Convicted Of A DUI

Being arrested and charged with DUI does not mean you will be convicted of DUI.  A Tampa Defense Lawyer can evaluate your case and keep you from being convicted of a DUI and possibly have your DUI charge reduced.

There are several ways to beat a DUI.  One of the first challenges to any DUI arrest is the reason for the stop of the vehicle.  There are also ways to challenge your performance on the Field Sobriety Exercises by arguing that the area was poorly lit or the ground was uneven.  Finally, there are ways to challenge the breath test results by acquiring the video from the Hillsborough County Jail and evaluating the time frame of your entry into the sallyport area and the time of your first breath sample.…

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