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If you were arrested for a DUI, you must apply to the DMV for a formal hearing within ten days of your arrest in order to contest the suspension of your license. Failure to apply within ten-day limit waives your right to that hearing, giving up your right to have an experienced DUI attorney try to remove the suspension from your license. Not taking advantage of the formal review hearing process is a serious mistake for most people as it may severely limit your driving options. Consult with me right away to learn what I can do to keep you driving for at least thirty days after you were stopped. The DMV rules are both confusing and restrictive. Do not give up your right to fight back when they try to suspend your license.

Whether, you were arrested for DUI, or any other traffic charge, put my experience to work for you. Driving without a valid license, with your license suspended, or leaving the scene of an accident, can lead to serious consequences and jail or even prison time if not handled correctly. Do not go to court alone, allow me to fight for your rights the system I have been working in for the past sixteen years.

The best way to defend against a DUI charge in the Tampa Bay area is an all-out attack on the state attorney’s case. Some DUI officers are known to violate constitutional rights, make traffic stops without legal justification, and coerce suspects to perform sobriety and breath tests to build a better case. You simply do not have to let them get away with that.

Some DUI officers who deal with drunk drivers night after night begin to stereotype the people they stop. However, you do not have to sit back and accept such unprofessional and illegal treatment. The odor of alcohol, however slight, might have led to your arrest for DUI, even though you had only one or two drinks. Even when you have had nothing to drink, if an officer takes offense at your complaints about being stopped without justification, he can get back at you just by claiming that you seemed to be under the influence of narcotics. After arresting you for DUI, he will ask you to provide a urine sample. If you refuse, your license is automatically suspended for at least a year. If you do not have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, that officer is likely to get away with this abuse of power. You do not have to let this happen to you, fight back!

You should not accept having been arrested for DUI and having your drivers license suspended for a year simply because you objected to the officer pulling you over for no reason. As an experienced DUI defense attorney, I can recognize and correct abuses of police power and work towards getting your license back and your case dismissed.

I have the experience and training to investigate and challenge every part of your DUI case. Whether the officer had a reasonable suspicion to suspect you of DUI or to stop your vehicle is only the staring point of your defense. There are breathalyzer records to review and reports and videos to be scrutinized for violations of criminal procedure or constitutional rights. In some cases, a visit to the scene or the hiring of an expert may be warranted. Whatever it takes, if there is a weakness in your DUI case, I will find it and fight to get your charge dismissed or reduced.

A DUI will have serious consequences to your life, you job, your wallet, and your drivers license. Only the most experienced Tampa criminal attorneys are truly qualified to handle DUI cases properly and successfully. However, many attorneys advertise as DUI defense attorneys even though they have only a year or two of experience as a prosecutor or public defender. Before you hire an attorney to represent you in a DUI case based upon a fancy web site or brochure, inquire about their actual experience in handling DUI cases.

I have sixteen years of experience prosecuting and defending against DUI charges. As the former chief of the County Criminal Court for the Hillsborough County State Attorney, and I supervised every prosecutor and every DUI case in Hillsborough County. That position required me to learn the defense strategies and tactics used by the best DUI defense lawyers in Florida so that I could better train my prosecutors. By the time I became a DUI defense attorney eight years ago, I had amassed an unimaginable wealth of knowledge and experience handling of DUI cases. My training and learning continues to this day, as I continue to attend seminars on the latest defense strategies in DUI cases, such as the Masters of DUI seminars, and take other courses dedicated to learning new evidence and trial techniques. There is no substitute for experience. Put mine to work for you.