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DUI Attorney in Bartow, FL

If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), it is important to hire an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. At the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., we focus on drunk driving and DUI cases. Call 813-250-0500 to find out what you need to do today to protect all avenues of attacking the charges and protecting your driver license.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Polk County, FL, after either taking a breath test or allegedly refusing a breath test your criminal case will be prosecuted at the courthouse in Bartow, FL. Many of these cases involve an arrest by an officer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Other cases can be prosecuted at the courthouse in Lakeland or Winter Haven. In addition to the criminal case, you should also fight the DUI administrative suspension of your driver's license initiated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

10 Days to Demand a Formal Review Hearing

Remember that you only have 10 days after your arrest to file a request for a formal review hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you fail to do you, your driver's license will be automatically suspended for a period of six (6) months for a breath test reading over the legal limit of 0.08 or for a period of one year for an alleged refusal to submit to chemical testing case. If your license has previously been suspended after a DUI arrest, you may be facing a driver's license suspension of twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months.

If your driver's license is administratively suspended after a DUI arrest in Bartow, Florida, you may be apply for a business purpose only or hardship license after serving out a "hard suspension" period during which you can not drive for any reason. If you took the breath test and blew over the legal limit, then a 30 day hard suspension will result, meaning that you can not drive for any reason for 30 days. If you allegedly refused to take the breath test, then your hard suspension will be for 90 days for a first offense.

Effective July 1, 2013, if you have no prior DUI arrests, then you may be eligible to request a waiver review hearing for immediate reinstatement. You must apply for immediate reinstatement within 10 days of th arrest after enrolling in DUI school. Requesting immediate reinstatement also means you must forever waive your right to a formal review hearing to contest the administrative suspension.

It is also important to remember that the statutory changes on July 1, 2013, also increase your chances of winning the formal review hearing because if the arresting officer or breath test operator fails to appear, then the administrative suspension will be automatically invalidated or lifted completely from your driving record.

Fight your DUI Case in Bartow, FL

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in Polk County, FL, early in the process allows you to fight the administrative suspension of your driver's license. At the formal review hearing your attorney can subpoena of the law enforcement officers that were involved in your arrest to provide testimony under oath that is recorded.

That testimony can later be used to prepare motions to dismiss, or motions to suppress or exclude evidence during your criminal trial. This formal review hearing is particularly important in misdemeanor DUI cases because your DUI attorney does not normally have the opportunity to take a deposition of the officers involved in your arrest before a motion hearing or trial.

Motions to Suppress and Motions to Dismiss

In many DUI cases in which a viable motion can be filed, the best results occur after your attorney has filed a motion to suppress or exclude evidence, or potentially a motion to dismiss. Learn more about potential defenses that may apply to your DUI prosecution by contacting an experienced DUI lawyer who is experienced in fighting cases in Bartow, Polk County, FL.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Contact the Sammis Law Firm today to fight out what steps you must take in the 10 days after your arrest to preserved all of your options for the best result in your Bartow, Polk County, Florida, driving under the influence or drunk driving (DUI) case. Call 813-250-0500 today to speak with a criminal defense attorney for Bartow, FL.