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Clearwater DUI Attorneys – DWI Lawyers

Providing Aggressive Defense Strategies for Driving Under the Influence Charges

Put our decades of DUI defense experience to work for you

Driving under the influence, or DUI, convictions can have significant and long-term consequences if handled improperly. At the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., our Clearwater DUI lawyers strive to provide the highest level of service and legal support when you are facing a DUI charge. We understand the potential hardships related to DUI arrests and work tirelessly to help you retain driving privileges, minimize penalties and fight for your rights.

Whether you are facing a DUI charge for the first time or have a history of past convictions, our criminal defense attorneys are ready to help you overcome these challenges and move on with your life in the best way possible. We help those charged with DUI in Clearwater, Tampa, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Bradenton and across the Tampa Bay area. Trust Clearwater’s prominent DUI attorneys – contact us today.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to get the representation you need to protect your interests and your livelihood

The consequences of a DUI arrest in Florida are severe and immediate.

It is vital that you seek advice from an experienced Clearwater DUI lawyer right away to ensure that you understand your options and take proactive steps to minimize the penalties you may be subject to. Immediately upon your arrest, your driver’s license is revoked for a minimum period of time, depending on your prior DUI history, and can range from six months for a first conviction, to up to ten years for more than three convictions. If you apply for a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you may be able to challenge your suspension and retain your driving privileges. It is imperative that you have a skilled DUI defense attorney with you at the DMV hearing to help minimize penalties.

Hardship reinstatement may be granted to allow you to drive for business or employment purposes only. To be eligible for a hardship reinstatement, you must:

  • Complete an approved DUI program 
  • Wait the requisite length of time based on your number of previous DUI convictions

If you have four or more DUI convictions, you will not be eligible for a hardship reinstatement.

An accurate sobriety test is key to ensuring that your case is handled properly and consequences are mitigated

In Florida, DUI is proven by a blood or breath alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater. However, there are also additional Florida DUI laws that may apply in your case such as:

  • Zero tolerance – If you are under the age of 21, you may be arrested for DUI if your BAC is .02 or greater and you could lose your license for six months.
  • Aggravated BAC – If your BAC is .15 or higher, license revocations and potential incarceration times are increased.
  • Presence of a minor – If there is a minor in your vehicle at the time of your arrest you may also face harsher penalties.

A skilled Clearwater DUI lawyer from our firm will analyze each aspect of your DUI stop and field sobriety breath or chemical test. At trial, we utilize our own Intoxilyzer 5000 to illustrate how blood alcohol readings are measured and the guidelines that must be followed to ensure that the machine is in proper, working order.

What is an ignition interlock device?

Ignition interlock devices are becoming increasingly popular as a means of restricting the driving privileges of persons convicted of DUI. This device requires a driver to submit to a breathalyzer test before starting the vehicle. If your BAC registers over the limit, your car will not start. The device is also capable of requiring random testing while the car is running. Your personal history of DUI convictions determines how long you may be required to have an ignition interlock installed on your car.

Contact a leading Clearwater DUI lawyer today by calling us at (877) 728-9653 or by scheduling a free initial consultation.

The criminal defense attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett have extensive experience handling a wide-range of DUI issues and work hard to analyze your case from every angle and create innovative defense strategies. We understand the personal and professional hardships a DUI conviction can bring and are committed to easing your legal burdens. We have 5 Tampa Bay offices, including ClearwaterTampaBradentonSpring Hill, and New Port Richey. We proudly serve Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough and  Hernando Counties in Florida. 

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