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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 area DUI attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett work 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 DUI defense team has the skill and experience to defend client 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 will 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 employs its own dedicated and experienced investigator who, in conjunction with our experienced DUI attorneys, coordinates and provides prompt, economical and thorough investigative services.

  • 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 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 Bay DUI Defense Attorney Team

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. 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 the vehicle out of impound, getting your driver’s license back, arranging for treatment in lieu of jail time and other issues.

Contact us today. For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about DUI defense, see our DUI defense video library, DUI defense resource links, DUI FAQs and Approved DUI Programs throughout the United States.

Our criminal defense attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., defend our clients’ rights in DUI cases in Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, Pinellas, Spring Hill. We serve Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties in Florida.

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Calson, 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.