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DUI Defense Lawyers in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida

Arrested for DUI in Clearwater or St. Petersburg or any other city in Pinellas County, Florida? You need a criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom as well as your driving privileges. You can count on the aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation of a Clearwater DUI attorney at Finebloom & Haenel. We are conveniently located at 4500 140th Avenue North, Suite 101, Clearwater, FL 33762 (Satellite Office). Our legal team includes former prosecutors and public defenders who work together to provide the highest quality legal representation possible.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Pinellas County your first court date will either be in St. Petersburg or Clearwater. This depends on where you were arrested. If you were arrested in the southern portion of the county your first court date will be located at 1800 66th St North in St Petersburg. If you were arrested in the northern part of the county your first court date will be located at 29582 U.S. 19 North in Clearwater, Florida. All court appearances including your arraignment, which is the first day to answer the charges will be located in one of these two courthouses. Should you elect to go top trial your case will be transferred to 14250 49th Street North in Clearwater, Florida.

Prosecuting attorneys will seek to obtain a conviction for DUI charges by proving that you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To prove this, the officer’s observations, field sobriety test results and breath or blood test results will be used as evidence against the driver. The prosecution must prove that you had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit or that your normal abilities were impaired due to alcohol or a controlled substance of any kind. Although you may have submitted to chemical tests and field sobriety tests and may have “failed” in the eyes of the officer, there are numerous ways that a DUI lawyer can still protect your rights and help you avoid a conviction. All areas of the initial police stop, arrest and testing can be carefully reviewed and challenged. With the proper knowledge and resources, the right lawyer can help you avoid a conviction.

Once you have been released from jail you need to act quickly. If you blew over the legal limit of a .08 or refused a breath test your license is automatically suspended with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. You must challenge that suspension within the first 10 days. You can drive on your DUI citation for those first 10 days as long as your license was valid at the time of the DUI arrest. We would file the necessary paperwork to challenge your license suspension at the Bureau of Administrative review located in Clearwater, Florida.

Clearwater DUI Lawyer

Contact a Clearwater DUI lawyer at our firm immediately if you would like to see how we can help you challenge your charges. We offer aggressive representation during criminal court proceedings and at DMV hearings for our clients throughout all of Pinellas County, Florida.

Contact Finebloom & Haenel today!

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