Drunk Driving Lawyers Hillsborough
After an arrest for driving under the influence ("DUI") in Tampa, FL, call an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Tampa just a few blocks from the courthouse. Our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. We also welcome your calls after our business hours, on weekends, or holidays.
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Our office number is 813-250-0500. When you call our office, ask to speak with an attorney on the phone or to schedule a free consultation in the office. If you call after our normal business hours, leave a message with our answering service and one of the four attorneys in the firm will call you back immediately to discuss your case.
If the arresting officer took your driver's license and issued you a DUI citation, we can help you demand a formal review hearing within the first ten (10) days after your arrest.
Protecting your License within 10 Days of Your Arrest
Your first decision after a DUI arrest is whether you should demand a "formal review hearing" or just waive all of your rights during a "waiver hearing." The only benefit of waiving all of your rights and stipulating to the administrative penalties is getting an immediate hardship license. Unfortunately, waiving all of your rights also means that you are stipulating to the suspension and the administrative finding that you were DUI. That stipulation will stay on your driving record for the next 75 years.
Instead of waiving your rights, hire an attorney to DEMAND a "formal review hearing" to contest the administrative suspension. If you win, the DHSMV will forever remove the suspension from your driving record and your full driving privileges will be restored as if the suspension never happened. After requesting the formal review hearing, your attorney can hand you a 42-day hardship permit so you can continue driving to work and school.
Find out why we ALWAYS recommend demanding a formal review hearing within the first ten (10) days after the DUI arrest. The procedures used by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) at the Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) are complicated. Before you decide, call us to discuss your case.
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A DUI arrest comes with long-lasting consequences. Contact us today to find out what you need to do immediately to protect your driving privileges, avoid a criminal record, and defend your good name. During the consultation, we can discuss the best defenses that might apply to your case.
Call 813-250-0500 to schedule a free and confidential consultation today.
Local Tampa Attorneys Focused on DUI Defense
Focusing on DUI defense in Tampa, FL, allows our attorneys to stay current on the most recent changes in the law. We take a scholarly approach to filing and litigating pre-trial motions including:
- motions to exclude unduly prejudicial or irrelevant evidence;
- motions to dismiss charges not supported by sufficient evidence; and
- motions to suppress evidence illegally obtained by law enforcement officers.
The pre-trial motions ask the judge to throw out certain evidence against you or even dismiss the charges completely. Pre-trial motions are important because if the judge decides that certain evidence cannot be used at trial, then the prosecutor may decide to drop the charges completely or reduce the DUI to a less serious offense such as reckless driving.
Should your case go to trial, pretrial motions are extremely valuable in eliminating certain irrelevant or prejudicial evidence. By excluding that evidence at trial, you can often increase the likelihood of a "not guilty" verdict. Having the best chance of winning the case often depends on the outcome of these pre-trial motions.
As a practical matter, the more your attorney fights the charges and prepares for trial, the more motivated the prosecutor becomes to resolve your case for a better plea deal before trial. Getting the case reduced to reckless driving is only half of the battle because all of the terms can then be negotiated. For example, if you get a withhold of adjudication for reckless driving, then you might qualify to seal the record after you complete probation.
Getting the best possible resolution requires extraordinary efforts at every stage of the case.
Why You Should Fight the DUI Charges
We created this website to give you general information about different ways to fight a drunk driving case. Many people assume that if they were arrested for DUI, then they will be convicted of DUI. The statistics on Florida DUI cases, however, indicate that just 60% of all DUI citations resulted in a conviction for either DUI or reckless driving.
Many drunk driving cases are resolved without a conviction because:
- The prosecutor decides to drop the charges before trial;
- The prosecutor decides to reduce the charges to a less serious offense such as "reckless driving" before trial;