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Facing DUI Charges? You Need an Experienced Tampa DUI Attorney On Your Side

Our DUI Lawyers Defend Your Rights and Your Freedom

The penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida are severe and a DUI charge can have serious and wide-ranging consequences. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you are not alone. You need a skilled Tampa DUI attorney from Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett on your side. Our DU defense attorneys work hard to protect your rights and make sure you are treated fairly.Our goal is to do everything possible to preserve your rights, keep your record clean, and prevent you from losing your freedom and your license to drive.

Our Tampa DUI attorneys have the skill and experience to defend clients in all DUI-related matters, including:

Penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida are severe

If you have been arrested for DUI in Clearwater, Tampa or anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, it is important to move quickly and hire a knowledgeable Tampa DUI attorney as soon as possible. A DUI conviction in Florida has serious penalties and can have long-term consequences for you, your family and your livelihood. 

Remember that your arrest includes a cancellation of your driving privileges and your DUI citation acts as your temporary driving permit for only 10 days following your arrest. If you do not request a DMV hearing within 10 calendar days (including weekends) following your arrest, you forfeit your ability to challenge any DMV administrative suspension.We help you assure the possibility of maintaining your right to drive by applying for a Division of Motor Vehicles hearing within 10 days of your arrest. 

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Tampa DUI attorneys provide innovative defense strategies when you need it

Our criminal law and DUI defense office handles thousands of DUI cases in Tampa Bay each year and employs its own dedicated and experienced investigator who, in conjunction with a experienced Tampa DUI attorney from our team, coordinates and provides prompt, economical and thorough investigative services. Some of the factors our investigator will consider in your DUI case:

  • The legality of the stop
  • If a field sobriety test was properly administered
  • If the breathalyzer was properly maintained and calibrated
  • Other issues that could be critical to relevant to the defense

We have our own Intoxilyzer 5000 on-site that allows us to clearly demonstrate at trial how the tests are administered and how the machines must be maintained in order to provide accurate blood alcohol readings. You may be asking yourself many of the following questions:

  • Should I pay the other traffic ticket that I got with my DUI ticket?
  • What if I live out of state? Must I stay in Florida, or do I need to come back to Florida for a court appearance?
  • What about my insurance rates?
  • If a video of my field sobriety test was made, how will it be used?
  • What does the breathalyzer test prove?
  • Should I have taken the breath test or refused it?
  • What if I damaged property or injured someone, or both?
  • Could the DUI affect my job?
  • May I drive now?
  • Can I get Hardship license?
  • How long will this case take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What if I have a previous DUI?
  • Could I go to jail?


The Carlson & Meissner Tampa DUI Attorney Team - Protecting Your Rights in Tampa Bay Since 1971

If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with a DUI, call our responsive, caring, and aggressive DUI defense attorneys to schedule a free consultation right away. Please print and fill out a DUI Defense Client Information Form and bring it with you. The Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett Tampa Bay DUI attorney team includes:

We will answer your questions and help you with related matters such as getting your vehicle out of impound, getting your driver’s license back, arranging for treatment in lieu of jail time and any other issues that may arise as a result of your DUI. If you have been charged with DUI in Clearwater, please see our Clearwater DUI attorney page for more information. 

Tampa Bay's premier DUI defense attorneys - Contact us today at 877-728-9653 for a free initial consultation

If you have been charged with DUI, contact us online today or by phone at 877-728-9653 and schedule a free initial consultation. For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about DUI defense, see our DUI defense video libraryDUI defense resource linksDUI FAQs and Approved DUI Programs throughout the United States.

Our DUI defense lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., steadfastly defend our clients’ rights in DUI cases in TampaClearwaterBradenton, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey,  Spring Hill. We serve Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties. Our criminal defense attorneys handle all types of criminal cases, including drug crimes, theft, sex crimes, felonies and probation violations. Call our office today and begin protecting your rights and your freedom.

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Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett is honored to have been named one of 2012 Florida's Top Ranked Law Firms based on AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Ratings, pursuant to the Wall Street Journal.