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DUI Case Results

At Thomas & Paulk, we take pride in our ability to secure positive results in even the most complex and challenging of DUI cases. We have represented drivers in Tampa and throughout Florida in a variety of drunk driving cases. Our clients have included paramedics, registered nurses, business men and women, pilots and people in all walks of life. We have taken on cases involving first-time DUI offenses as well as those involving serious car accidents. This broad range of experience enables us to more easily determine how to approach each new client's case in order to reach the most advantageous result. Although every case is different and we cannot ethically make a guarantee that you will be acquitted or your charges dropped, we can say that we fight tirelessly for all of our clients. Our commitment to seeking the best possible result is unparalleled, as you can see by the following case results:

State v. J.B.
Client was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop leaving the Green Iguana in Brandon, Florida. The officer claimed that our client failed all field sobriety exercises. He was then taken to jail where his breath tests were .123 & .125 on the Intoxilyzer 8000. As we do in all cases, we reviewed the maintenance records on the breath machine used in the case and found that in a previous agency inspection the machine was found not to be in compliance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Alcohol Testing Program. After we brought this to the attention of the Assistant State Attorney, they offered to drop the DUI to reckless driving.

State v. A.V.
Client was stopped for DUI after the officer claimed he ran a red light in Brandon, Florida. The officer then had our client perform field sobriety exercises in the front of the Green Iguana Bar. The officer claimed that our client failed all of the tests and he was taken to jail where he refused to take a breath test. Our client is a pilot and a DUI conviction would place his job in jeopardy. We were able to show that patrons at the Green Iguana distracted our client during the field sobriety exercises, and the State dropped the charges to reckless driving, saving our client's career.

State v. A.F.
Client was charged with DUI with a breath test over .15, her breath tests were .172 & .186. Our office was able to show that the breath test machine was not working properly and the State agreed to drop the DUI to reckless driving.

State v. M.G.
Client, who is a registered nurse, was arrested and charged with DUI. Officer claimed that our client failed field sobriety exercises and refused a breath test. We provided the State Attorney's Office with medical records that caused the State to agree to drop the DUI to reckless driving. Our client had no adverse action taken against her nursing license.

State v. K.H.
Client who works as a paramedic was charged with DUI over .15. Client's breath tests were .148 and .160. Client's job would have been at risk with a DUI conviction. Thorough negotiations with the State Attorney we were able to get the DUI dropped to reckless driving.

State v. R.B.
Client charged with DUI; breath tests of .138 & .135. Officer claimed that client failed all field sobriety exercises. DUI charge reduced to reckless driving.

State v. J.S.
Client was arrested for a second DUI with breath tests of .178 and .189. After our office was retained, we set a formal review hearing with the DHSMV to contest our client's driver's license suspension. We won the hearing and our client did not have his driver's license suspended. In court we were also successful in getting the DUI reduced to reckless driving. Our client did not receive any conviction, probation, community service or license suspension.

State v. S.G.
Client was arrested for DUI and moved out of the county without setting a court date. The court issued a warrant for his arrest. The client then contacted our office and we were able to get the warrant withdrawn and the DUI reduced to reckless driving. Our client did not have to return to Hillsborough County, as we were able to handle the case on his behalf.

State v. M.N.
Client arrested for DUI, failed field sobriety exercises and refused breath test. Client was looking at having his driver's license revoked for five years as a habitual traffic offender as well as DUI conviction. We set the case for jury trial and the State agreed to drop the DUI to reckless driving.

3797-XAM
Client stopped for making a wide turn at a high rate of speed. Client failed field sobriety exercises and was arrested for DUI. At jail our client blew .139 on the Intoxilyzer 8000. After reviewing driving on video we discovered discrepancy with officer’s report. After we filled motion to suppress all evidence the State Attorney’s office dropped the DUI charge to reckless driving.

5079-XAM
Law student stopped for DUI at Howard and Swann. Tampa Police Officer claimed client showed signs of impairment and arrested client for DUI. The client’s breath results were .237 and .235. During a hearing on our motion to suppress evidence, we were able to show that the officer’s testimony was not supported by the videotape evidence. The Judge granted our motion to suppress and all charges were dismissed.

8324-CXF
Client was stopped for speeding and pulling the emergency brake, resulting in the car sliding across three lanes of traffic. The officer observed the client was wearing an armband from the Hard Rock Casino and detected a strong odor of alcohol. The client refused to submit to a breath test. We were able to demonstrate that the Deputy’s attitude on the videotape was aggressive and rude. Even though the client had a prior conviction for reckless driving, the State Attorney’s office agreed to reduce the client’s charge from DUI to reckless driving.

3009-XCM
Client was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with his turn signal on. The vehicle was partially in the yard of an individual who called the police. The client’s breath results were .186. The client had a prior DUI conviction within five years and was also facing a five year driver’s license suspension. We filed a motion to suppress evidence and the State dropped the DUI charge to reckless driving without suspending the client’s driver’s license.

07-CM-1175
Client was observed driving on the Crosstown Expressway by a witness. The witness called the Florida Highway Patrol to report that the vehicle was driving all over the road. The client exited the expressway and ran into the rear of a vehicle driven by two undercover police officers. The officers found Percocet and Xanax in the client’s car. The client was unable to perform field sobriety exercises due to his condition. The client refused to submit to a urine test for controlled substances. We filed a motion to suppress all evidence. Prior to the Court hearing the motion, the State Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the drug charges and reduce the DUI to a reckless driving.

5906-XDN
Defendant was arrested for his third DUI after mistakenly attempting to enter MacDill Air Force Base. Client failed field sobriety exercises and his breath result was .223. Client was facing substantial jail time and a license suspension. We filed a motion to suppress evidence. On the day of the motion hearing, the State Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce the DUI to a reckless driving. The client’s license was not suspended and he did not receive any jail time.

1895-XAM
Client was stopped a t 3:00 a.m. for weaving in his lane of traffic after leaving a club. The officer had the client perform field sobriety exercises and then placed the client under arrest for DUI. The client refused to take the breath test. After negotiations with the State Attorney’s Office, the DUI was reduced to a reckless driving.

7841-XCF
Client was stopped for going 74 in a 45 mph zone. Client told the deputy he had four or five drinks at the Ale House. Deputy said client failed all field sobriety exercises. We were successful in having the DUI reduced to a reckless driving.

794-XCA
Client went to court without an attorney and pled guilty to a DUI. Client then violated her probation by driving on a suspended license. We were retained on the violation of probation and filed a motion to withdraw her original plea to the DUI charge. The Judge agreed to allow our client to withdraw her plea. The State Attorney’s Office then agreed to reduce the DUI to a reckless driving charge and the violation of probation was dismissed.

6970-XAF
A Military Officer was stopped for DUI after running a stop sign. A Tampa Police officer reported that the client failed field sobriety exercises and placed client under arrest. After arrest, client’s breath alcohol content was .104. After negations with the State Attorney’s Office, the charge was reduced to reckless driving.

9655-XCF
Client with a commercial driver’s license was investigated for DUI after being involved in a traffic crash. The officer claimed that the client failed field sobriety exercises. The client then refused to take the breath test. Client had a prior DUI and was facing the loss of his job if he was convicted of DUI. The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving and the client was able to keep his license and his job.

2007-CM-2577
Client was stopped for running a red light. After the traffic stop, the officer smelled the odor of alcohol and found marijuana in the vehicle. The officer determined the client failed field sobriety exercises and placed client under arrest for DUI and possession of marijuana. The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving charge and the client received no conviction for the marijuana charge.

2007-CM-1406
Client was stopped for driving 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. The Officer had to exceed 120 mph to catch up with client. After the traffic stop, the officer observed signs of impairment. Client was placed under arrest for DUI and driving without a license. During a search of the vehicle, the Officer found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The State reduced the DUI to a reckless driving and the client received no conviction for the marijuana charge.

6142-XDN
Client was stopped for driving without headlights. The Officer said the client had the strong odor of alcohol coming from his person as well as other indicators of impairment. Client refused field sobriety exercises and the breath test. Client had a prior DUI conviction within five years and was facing ten days in jail and a five year driver’s license revocation. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving with no driver’s license suspension.

2032-EYB
Client was stopped for squealing his tires and for speeding. The client failed field sobriety exercises and refused to take the breath test. The client had a prior DUI in 2005. We filed a motion to suppress evidence after uncovering discrepancies between the videotape and the officer’s police report. The Judge granted our motion to suppress and all charges against our client were dismissed.

07-8048 EQNTWS
Client stopped for careless driving when the Officer noticed the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the client. The Officer claimed the client failed field sobriety exercises and placed him under arrest for DUI. The client’s breath result was 0.032. Client was asked to submit a urine sample. No drugs were found in that sample and all charges were dismissed.

5824-XDN
Client was stopped for a traffic violation. The client failed field sobriety exercises and had a breath alcohol content of .165. Officer also found an open container of alcohol in the cup holder of the client’s car. After we set the case for a jury trial, the State reduced the DUI to a reckless driving charge.

729603-X
Client was involved in a traffic crash. The Deputy noticed signs of impairment and the client admitted to drug use. The Deputy had the client provide a blood sample. The blood sample tested positive for six controlled substances. We filed a motion to suppress the blood results. After receiving our motion, the State reduced the DUI charge to reckless driving. The client was only required to pay $185 in court costs.

06-798338 xtes
Client was stopped after a Deputy observed her weaving on the interstate and almost causing a traffic crash. The client’s breath test results were .166. We discovered that the Deputy had the client submit to more than one set of breath test, but that he did not keep those results. We filed a motion to suppress evidence and the State reduced the DUI charge to reckless driving with a withhold of adjudication.

6110-XDN
Client was stopped after leaving Peabody’s on Bruce B. Downs. The client was arrested after performing field sobriety exercises and refused to take a breath test. The DUI was reduced to a reckless driving charge.

5019-XAM
Client was stopped for speeding and weaving. Officer said client failed field sobriety exercises. Client refused to take a breath test. Even though client had a prior arrest for DUI less than three years ago, we were able to get the DUI reduced to a reckless driving.

9113-XCF
Client was stopped for a DUI after running a red light. The client failed all field sobriety exercises. We set the case for a jury trial and the State Attorney’s Office dropped the DUI to reckless driving with a withhold of adjudication. The client only paid $185 in court costs.

7537-XCF
Client was arrested for the third time for DUI. Client was unable to perform any field sobriety exercises correctly. At the jail, client refused to take the breath test. When being placed in a holding cell, the Officer said the client kicked him in the leg. We filed a motion to suppress all evidence. On the day of the motion the State agreed to reduce the DUI to a reckless driving charge.

915-EQP
Client was stopped for going 68 mph in a 40 mph zone. Client admitted to drinking alcohol and taking controlled substances. The client’s urine test was positive for two controlled substances. During discovery, we found that the original videotape was blank. After informing the State about the video, the DUI was reduced to a reckless driving.

8694-XCF
Client was involved in a traffic crash. The Officer arrested client for a DUI. The client had a breath result of 0.03 and admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving. After we set the case for trial, the State reduced the DUI to a reckless driving.

07310XDMTWS
Defendant was arrested in Pasco County for second DUI within five years of prior DUI. Client was also charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license. Client was facing mandatory jail time and a five year driver’s license suspension. After discovery was reviewed our office discovered that the officer made false statements in his report. We filed motion to suppress and all charges were dismissed.

08-9401XAUTAS
Client stopped for DUI after running into three road signs. Breath test results were .247 and .244. After reviewing evidence at the Department of Motor Vehicles hearing we discovered a malfunction with the breath instrument that rendered the test inaccurate. The DMV set aside the suspension and returned our client’s license.

7077-XCF
Client was stopped for weaving. Breath test showed results of .194 and .206. After formal review hearing, the Department of Motor Vehicles set aside the suspension and returned our client’s license.

5805-XFA
Client charged with DUI with breath above 0.15 percent. Client provided a breath sample of 0.213 percent. We filed motion to suppress evidence based on illegal traffic stop in front of Judge Weis. On the day of the motion hearing the state agreed to drop the DUI to reckless driving. We also won the clients DHSMV formal review hearing and our client never has a driver's license suspension.

6562-GWT
Client charged with driving on a permanent DUI driver's license revocation. Client was facing up to five years in prison on a felony. We were able to keep the case in county court and our client did not receive any jail or probation.

2012-CM-002013
Case was set for jury trial on 8/20/2012 with a defendant facing charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and violation of a driver's license restriction (business purpose only). The client had been arrested for DUI while driving on a business purpose license. He had been stopped for speeding and failing to stop at a red light. After failing several field sobriety tests and later failing a breath test, the client was arrested for a DUI. After this arrest, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in his vehicle. Before hiring our office the state was seeking jail time on the above charges with a two year drug conviction driver's license suspension. After we prepared the case for jury trial, the state dropped the marijuana, paraphernalia and drivers license charge. The DUI was dropped to reckless driving. Our client had no drug violation or DUI conviction suspension on his license.

5080-XGA
Client was charged with DUI after crashing into the back of two marked Hillsborough County Sheriff's patrol vehicles involved in investigating an unrelated traffic crash. Our client was injured in the accident and taken to the hospital. Before being transported to the hospital the Deputies claimed they smelled the odor of alcohol coming from our client. The Deputy went to the hospital for further investigation and requested a blood sample from our client to have tested as part of his investigation. One month later the blood sample results were returned showing a blood alcohol level of 0.174 percent. The Deputy then arrested our client for DUI with property damage. During our review of the case we determined that the charging document in the case was completed improperly. Our office set the case for a jury trial and at the pre-trial date we were able to get the DUI charges reduced to reckless driving.

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