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Aug  28,  2015
Holidays and vacations are a peak time period for driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. While celebrating over summer vacation, it is crucial to recognize how to avoid a DUI, the penalties for drinking and driving, an appropriate or inappropriate DUI investigation by an officer, what to do if wrongly accused of drinking and driving, and how to deal with DUI charges. The Clearwater DUI attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A. have more than 125 years of combined experience helping drivers recover from DUI penalties in the Tampa Bay Area and are available to assist drivers with any DUI penalty needs.

“We recognize that catching drivers under the influence keeps our communities safe,” J, Kevin Hayslett, Esq. of Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A. said. “However, there is also a need for those arrested for DUI to stay protected from wrong accusations, and receive direction on how to prevent an unfortunate event from occurring in the future.”

According to state law, Florida prohibits drivers to operate any type of vehicle while impaired. The standard measurement of impairment across the United States is a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 percent or higher. If an officer believes this may be the case, he or she may perform a DUI investigation. Legally, a driver undergoing the investigation should understand how to react to the given tests and know what is expected of them, what they are required to participate in by law and what tasks they may want to refuse. Although officers are required to share all necessary information, it is better that the driver knows beforehand in order to avoid unnecessary accusations.

According to, under certain situations, those arrested in Florida for DUI can face serious penalties for a first-time DUI offense, including:

  • Fines up to $2,000
  • One-year license suspension
  • Nine months jail time
Multiple DUI offenses can elevate to a felony offense. DUI consequences are serious and can have wide-reaching ramifications, affecting many aspects of life, including:

  • Jobs
  • Trade licenses such as a plumbing or nursing license
  • College acceptance
  • Expulsion from educational programs or refusal of federal scholarships or loans

At Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A., our Clearwater DUI lawyers help get drivers back on track after a DUI arrest. Contact us today for a free consultation at (877) 728-9653.

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Posted in Criminal Defense|News and Media|DUI
Aug  11,  2015

Although law enforcement spots fewer drugged drivers than drunk drivers, driving under the influence of any substance—illegal or prescribed—is equally as dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey found that over 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In order to reduce the risk of drugged driving this year, a nationwide campaign is encouraging law enforcers to place drugged driving prevention efforts on par with those of drunk driving.

Leading Clearwater DUI attorney Kevin Hayslett of Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A., recognized as a “Top Rated DUI Attorney” by AVVO, expresses his concern for the amount of drug-related DUI charges he anticipates for Tampa Bay area drivers. “Laws are put in place to keep us out of harm,” Hayslett said. “Drivers need to be aware of the penalties they will face if they mistakenly drive while under the influence of any substance, including regular prescription medication.”

The White House has set a goal to reduce the rate of drugged driving by 10 percent in 2015. This includes working with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to highlight the epidemic and enforce strict drugged driving regulations. Main points of this strategy are to encourage states to adopt Per Se drug impairment laws, enhance drugged driving education among communities and professionals, increase training of law enforcement on identifying drugged drivers and to develop standard screening methods for drug-testing labs to use in detecting the presence of drugs.

Although the rate of fatal accidents caused by alcohol has always been higher than those caused by other drugs, commonly used illegal and prescription drugs still cause equal damage when ingested by the driver because they may impair the driver’s perception, judgment, motor skills and memory. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.9 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.

As part of the initiative to reduce drugged driving throughout the country, ONDCP will continue to conduct further research. Communities may also join the fight to reduce this threat of public safety by participating in the various coalitions and organizations put in place as resources to prevent drug-related tragedies in their area.

If you have been charged with DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact Tampa DUI attorney Kevin Hayslett for a free initial consultation at (877) 728-9653. Trust our DUI lawyers to protect your freedom and your future.

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