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DUI Arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol

Established in 1939, the Florida Highway Patrol was created when then Governor Fred P. Cone, sitting as a member of the Executive Board of the Department of Public Safety, made a motion to establish the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Today, the FHP is authorized for 1,946 sworn positions and a total of 2,475 full-time employees.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is the state’s enforcement authority in highway safety. Troop C of the Florida Highway Patrol serves Tampa in Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Pinellas County, Brooksville in Hernando County, Lakeland in Pasco County and the surrounding areas.

Attorney Fighting Florida Highway Patrol Cases in Tampa, FL

If you were arrested for DUI by a trooper with Troop C of the Florida Highway Patrol in the Tampa Bay area then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A.

With offices in downtown Tampa in Hillsborough County and in New Port Richey in Pasco County, the four attorneys at our firm represent clients throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

We fight cases in Hillsborough County and the surrounding areas of Hernando County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and Hernando County, FL. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. Call 813-250-0500.

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Patrol Operations of the Florida Highway Patrol

The Patrol Operations of the Florida Highway Patrol is responsible for day?to?day law enforcement activities that include directing the movement of traffic on state highways and apprehending fugitives from justice.
 
Patrol Operations conducts patrol and enforcement of traffic laws to support a safe driving environment. It responds to and investigates traffic crashes. FHP's Patrol Operations assists stranded motorists and those in need of assistance.

Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) with the FHP

As of January 30, 2018, FHP has 47 Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). That number represents approximately 20 percent of all DREs in the state which is more than any other law enforcement agency in Florida.

Florida law directs the DHSMV train additional law enforcement officers as drug recognition experts. FHP DREs serve as subject matter experts who receive specialized training to identify an extensive range of driver impairments.

DREs are often dispatched when a law enforcement agency has a need for expertise in assisting with an investigation of an impaired driver or vehicle crash.

The FHP DRE program follows the protocols and examinations as directed by training and certification by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The expertise of DREs helps prosecutors obtain convictions in the cases involving impaired driving. The FHP is training new DREs earch year.


Auxillary Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol

The Florida Highway Patrol is empowered to establish an auxiliary. §321.24(1) Florida Statutes. Auxiliary troopers that serve “under the supervision and direction of . . . a member of the Florida Highway Patrol . . . have the power to make arrests.” §321.24 (2), Florida Statutes.

Under §943.10(8) Florida Statutes, auxiliary troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are considered “auxiliary law enforcement officers” who give aid and assistance to “a full-time or part-time law enforcement officer and who, while under the direct supervision of a full-time or part-time law enforcement officer, has the authority to arrest and perform law enforcement functions.” 

The requirement that auxiliaries act “under the direct supervision” of a law enforcement officer “is met as long as the auxiliary officer is directly accountable to a full or part-time law enforcement officer who is in the immediate vicinity of the scene and who has ultimate control of the situation.

The degree of supervisory control necessary would be dependent upon the exigencies created by the circumstances. Stanford v. State, 415 So. 2d 879, 881 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982).


FHP Troop C - Station Locations


TAMPA FHP Station
11305 N. McKinley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612
813/558-1800    Hillsborough    Troop C

BROOKSVILLE FHP Station
11319 Ponce DeLeon Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601-8642
352/754-6767
800/500-1240 (Florida only)    Hernando    Troop C

LAKELAND FHP Station
3247 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805
863/413-3510    Polk   Troop C

LAND O’LAKES FHP Station
17028 Ayers Rd.
Brooksville, FL 34604
352/797-5738    Hernando    Troop C

PINELLAS PARK FHP Station
6855 62nd Ave N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
727/217-8820    Pinellas    Troop C

Finding a Lawyer after a FHP DUI Arrest

If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or chemical or controlled substances, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL.

We represent clients throughout Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Hernando County and Pasco County, Florida.

Whether you are charged with a first time DUI or a second or subsequent offense, then call us. We can help you fight a DUI involving a breath test, a blood test, a urine test, or a refusal to submit to testing.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation. Call 813-250-0500 today.


This article was last updated on Monday, August 20, 2018.

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