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What to do when your child gets a DUI?

If your child is facing DUI charges it is normal to feel angry, embarrassed and scared for their future.  A DUI conviction can negatively impact a person for many years, especially financially.  Not only can insurance premiums cost much more, but a criminal conviction can stop someone from getting a job, prevent admission to certain schools, and fail the criteria for earning a professional license. A DUI charge is not just a traffic violation. It is a crime. As a parent you will want to support and assist your child the best way you can. If your child calls you … Continue reading

Deputies Force DUI Tests without Proper Training

Just like doctors and teachers, police officers are human and capable of making mistakes just like anyone else. Like many jobs that require training, officers receive training in the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Eye Test and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is one of the three tests used to determine sobriety. This test involves an officer moving a stimulus, often a finger, back and forth in front of the drivers’ eyes, to see if the drivers’ eyes jerk when following the stimulus. There are, of course, things other than alcohol and nervous system depressants which can cause … Continue reading

Could In-Car Breathalyzers for First Time DUI Offenders Come to Florida?

If anti-drunk driving advocates prevail, DUI convictions could get a lot more expensive and inconvenient for even first time offenders. Under current Florida law, repeat DUI offenders and those with blood alcohol levels of .15 or above are required to put breathalyzer devices in their cars. Florida is among 47 states that currently have in-car breathalyzer requirements. Eight states currently require the devices for first time offenders. Earlier this year, lawmakers proposed the Matthew William Beard and Grace Redgate Act, which would require that all convicted DUI offenders install the devices. As reported by WFTV: A mother from Seminole County … Continue reading

Clearwater DUI Classes or School

In our Blog we often post articles on common questions related to DUI or Defense. Today, we are going to discuss DUI Classes and Schools for Clearwater, FL DUI Arrests or Convictions. If you have already been arrested for a DUI in Clearwater, FL then chances are your looking for more information on where to take classes, how much they are, how long they are, etc.  Below is a list of resources that offer Registration for DUI Classes: http://www.floridasafety.org http://www.safety.org http://www.flhsmv.gov http://www.clearwaterclasses.com The Address for the local Clearwater DUI School is: DUI School Office in Clearwater, FL 1145 Court Street … Continue reading

What Not To Do When Being Stopped For DUI

  So you get pulled over and you’ve had a few drinks and you’re wondering to do next. Well after reading this article out of Oklahoma City here’s a few tips on what not to do. An attorney was at a Whataburger back in 2008 when he struck another vehicle in the drive thru lane at 1:40 am. Shortly after the police arrived the attorney then flipped out and spit in the officers face and pulled out a fake badge claiming to be a fellow deputy. That is a big no no and not only are you going to be … Continue reading

Low Horsepower plus High BAC equals a Short Police Chase

Every citizen of Clearwater is probably familiar with the DUI Scooter that has been on the news and advertised all around town. Its a fair alternative for the transportation needs of anyone with a DUI, DWI, or a suspended license, as long as you still play by the rules. Just because you’re back on 2 wheels does not give you the “OK” to drive intoxicated. It also does not give you the right to lead the police on a low-speed chase back to your house like a resident in Bridgewater, PA apparently did a few weeks ago. The old saying … Continue reading

DUI Flashlight

In the latest attempt to curve Drunk Drivers, hightech flashlights that are able to scan your eyes and then give back a reading of your blood alcohol level have been introduced. These special flashlights, also known as “passive alcohol sensors” look like normal flashlights. But when this bad boy is placed within 5-10 inches of someones eyes and mouth it can give out a reading and let the officer know whether or not you have been drinking lightly, moderately, or heavily. The readings however from the flashlight are not incredibly precise and are not to be used for an exact arrest, only … Continue reading

What to do when pulled over for DUI in Hillsborough County

This section applies to many DUI situations in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. It is not a substitute for individualized legal advice. Your situation may be different. If you were drinking and driving in Hillsborough County (Tampa, Florida) and subsequently stopped by a police officer, you are immediately suspected of DUI or driving under the influence even if you’re not intoxicated. First and foremost, you need to remain calm. As difficult as this can be, it’s important. Staying calm will help you be more aware of what you need to do. You must act courteous and polite. Refer to the Hillsborough … Continue reading

DUI vehicle impound questions in Tampa, Florida

Frequently we are asked about the vehicle that is in question during a DUI or DWI. Will they take the car? Where is the car? Will I lose my car? Here is the Florida Statute 316.193 (6) (a): For the first conviction… The court must also, as a condition of probation, order the impoundment or immobilization of the vehicle that was operated by or in the actual control of the defendant or any one vehicle registered in the defendant’s name at the time of impoundment or immobilization, for a period of 10 days or for the unexpired term of any … Continue reading

Clearwater DUI Attorney Online Searches

Like most attorneys, we advertise online and are constantly jockeying for top position on Google. Our Marketing Department recently performed a research report using Google Insights that targeted the Tampa area for the keyword “Attorney”. You can click the image to the left and enhance the report to see that Clearwater is leading the region in interest for Attorney Services. This report also shows that “DUI Attorney” is the breakout search term for the Clearwater region. If you or a family member needs a DUI Attorney in Clearwater or surrounding areas, please give us a call today at (727) 785 … Continue reading