DUI Defense Lawyer

St. Petersburg DUI Defense Lawyer

Hiring a knowledgeable and aggressive DUI defense attorney is critical if you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, or Bradenton. As former prosecutors and defense attorneys, we have proceeded to trial on dozens of DUI cases and argued many motions related to DUI arrests.

You are not automatically guilty of DUI in Clearwater, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, or Tampa just because a police officer says that you failed field sobriety tests (FSTs) or blew over .08 on a breathalyzer. Your field sobriety tests may be inaccurate for a number of reasons. Possible factors that could contribute to inaccurate field sobriety tests include fatigue of the driver, improper instructions from the officer, environmental distraction or nervousness of the driver, equipment malfunction, and many more. It is imperative that you discuss your Tampa Bay DUI arrest with a qualified DUI defense attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case and ensure the best possible outcome for you.

DUI Penalties

Penalties for a DUI can include the following:

  • Alcohol treatment
  • Community service
  • DUI school
  • Fines and court costs
  • Jail or prison
  • License suspension
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Probation and associated costs

DUI fines and getting from place to place become extremely difficult after being arrested and charged. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in the Tampa Bay Area, it’s very important to speak with a DUI defense attorney who can help ensure that the penalties you have to face may be reduced as much as possible or avoided altogether.

Penalties for DUI increase with each conviction in the state of Florida. If you are a first-time offender, your penalties will be less severe than someone convicted of DUI two or more times. The state of Florida can charge a third DUI within ten years as a felony. Penalties are further increased if a driver injures another person (including a passenger in the same vehicle), causes damage to property, or kills another person.

We Represent All Individuals Facing DUI Charges


  • DUI with serious bodily injury
  • Third DUI
  • Felony DUI
  • DUI manslaughter

Jeremy Clark was Public Defender in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. With our wide range of experience, we know the arguments that the state of Florida will use in an attempt to convict you of DUI. We also understand that a DUI charge can affect your personal life, your relationships, and the ability to provide for your loved ones. We will work diligently and aggressively to make sure that your rights are protected so that you can move on with your life after your DUI charge.

Get Legal Help Following Your Tampa Bay DUI Arrest

If you’ve been arrested for DUI in the Tampa Bay Area, call Clark Hartpence Law without delay. We have offices in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Getting an early start on your case is critical to ensuring the best possible outcome. A simple mistake of having a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel doesn’t have to ruin your life or your livelihood if your rights are properly protected. Contact us today at (855) 680-4911 for your free consultation.

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