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Our Specialists in the field of DUI Defense:
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Tampa DUI Defense Attorneys Are On Your Side

Experienced DUI Lawyers Serving Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton, Spring Hill and New Port Richey

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. The Tampa DUI defense attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett 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:

  • First time offenders
  • Multiple offenders
  • Accidents and crashes
  • Serious bodily injury
  • DUI manslaughter


If you are arrested for DUI, it is important to move quickly.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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Our office handles thousands of DUI cases and employs its own dedicated and experienced investigator who, in conjunction with our experienced Tampa DUI attorneys, 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 Attorneys 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 DUI defense 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.

Contact us today. 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 criminal defense attorneys 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 in Florida. 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.