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Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

If you were charged with a criminal offense in St. Petersburg, FL, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients on criminal charges throughout Pinellas County including in the traffic court in St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center.

Our attorneys are familiar with the tactics used by the DUI enforcement officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department and their standard operating procedures.

Focusing exclusively on criminal and DUI defense allows our lawyers to stay ahead of the most recent changes in Florida laws effective criminal and DUI cases. Call 813-250-0500 today.

Types of Criminal Charges in Clearwater, FL

Our website provides information any various criminal offenses including the special procedures and considerations that may apply to your criminal case in St. Petersburg, FL, including:

  • DUI, including DUI refusal cases, DUI cases with high BAC readings, and felony DUI cases;
  • Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver's License;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Habitual traffic offender (HTO);
  • Violation of probation (VOP);
  • Theft offenses including grand theft, dealing in stolen property, employee theft, fraud, credit card fraud or shoplifting (petit theft);
  • Domestic violence, including assault, battery, stalking, aggravated battery, or violation of protective order;
  • Domestic battery.

Attorney for DUI Arrest by the St. Petersburg Police Department

If you were arrested by a DUI enforcement officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm.

The current agency inspector for the St. Petersburg Police Department’s alcohol breath testing program is Inspector Michael D. Weiskopf. This inspector is given the task of maintaining the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines assigned to the police department in St. Petersburg. The Agency Inspector prior to November of 2016 was Inspector Robbie S. Arkovich.

The DUI defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm are familiar with the tactics used by the St. Petersburg Police Department when making a DUI arrest. The officers will fill out an incident / investigation report for driving under the influence. The report will list whether a video was completed and put into evidence. The arresting officer and the assisting officers will be listed in the report.

The report contains an incident narrative section which includes the DUI citation number and the court date for the arraignment in the South County Traffic Court located at 1800 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg, FL, 33710.

The report will also list:

  • the FST's video operator and number;
  • the breath test operator,
  • instrument number and results; and
  • the FST scene description.

The officer will complete a VIPAR affidavit and DUI Citation. After the DUI arrest, the officer is trained to tell the defendant about the procedures for the temporary driving permit, the court date, and how to contact the Clearwater Driving Improvement Office to request an administrative review, should one be desired. The defendant will then be booked into the Pinellas County Jail and the vehicle will typically be impounded.

The DUI enforcement officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department will also write an arrest report and impairment evaluation form. The impairment form will ask for the incident information, the suspect information, signs of impairment, and the results of the horizontal gaze nystagmus exercise. The report includes a video introduction script which states:

Today is ________, the ___ day of __________. The location is _______________. The time is _________. I am Officer _______ of the St. Petersburg Police Department. The person performing the Field Sobriety Tests is ____________. The purpose of the Field Sobriety Tests is to obtain objective criteria in order to properly evaluate to what degree, if any, the driver of a motor vehicle is under the influence of alcoholic beverage and / or controlled substances. Do you have any injuries or physical defects at this time? 

The report contains a list of the standardized field sobriety exercises and a section to take notes. At the bottom of the form, it contains the implied consent warning form for a blood draw which provides:

I am now requesting that you submit to a lawful test of your blood for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content and presence of chemical or controlled substances.

Yes or No

(Read only if test refused)

If you fail to submit to the blood test that I have requested, your privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be suspended for a period of one (1) year for a first refusal, or eighteen months (18) months if your privilege has been previously suspended as a result of a refusal to submit to a lawful test of your breath, urine or blood.

Refusal to submit to the test I have requested of you is admissible into evidence in any criminal proceeding. If you currently hold a Commercial Driver’s License, that license / privilege will be suspended for one (1) year in the case of a first refusal or permanently if you have previously been disqualified as a result of a refusal.

Do you still refuse to take the test knowing your driving privilege will be suspended for at least one year?

Alternatively, the officer will also complete the St. Petersburg Police Department Breath / Urine Testing Form that asks for the observation start time, arrest time, suspect information, signs of impairment, and the State of Florida Implied Consent form.

DUI Wolfpack and the St. Petersburg Police Department

Throughout the year, the St. Petersburg Police Department's DUI Unit and Patrol Bureau conducts city-wide DUI Wolf Pack operation. During these operations, officers will make a special effort to stop drivers looking for clues of alcohol or drug impairment. The DUI Wolf Pack operation is sponsored by M.A.D.D., the Suncoast Safety Council, and R.I.D. - Tampa Bay.

The goal of these operations are to educate citizens and create public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.

Additional Resources

Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL - Read more information from another attorney that practices in Pinellas County.

Traffic Court in St. Petersburg FL - Find out more information about the prosecution of misdemeanor criminal cases in traffic court.

St. Petersburg Branch Office
545 First Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 582-7771

Finding a Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney in Pinellas County, FL

We understand that you have many options when finding a qualified criminal defense attorney for your case. We invite you to call us to find out more about the services we provide.

If you were arrested for a criminal or DUI offense in St. Petersburg, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent individuals arrested for DUI and other criminal offenses throughout Pinellas County including in Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

We are familiar with the tactics and standard operating procedures used by local law enforcement agencies including the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Our attorneys focus exclusively on defending clients charged with felony and misdemeanors throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. Call today to discuss your case with our attorneys at (813) 250-0500.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 11, 2018.