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Thomas & Paulk Wins Two "DUI Scooter" Cases

Recently the Tampa Police Department arrested two clients for driving with a suspended driver's license and violation of probation for riding electric bicycles. Both clients were riding what have come to be known as "DUI Scooters." They, however, are not really scooters but instead are classified under Florida law as electric bicycles. Florida §316.003(2) defines a bicycle as a vehicle that uses human power as its sole means of propelling. The term of bicycle also includes motorized bicycles that are powered by both human power and an electric helper motor.

Even though our clients were carrying documents showing that their bike meet the requirements of the statute they were both arrested on felony charges and held without bond. Our office was retained and we were able to have both of the clients released from jail on their own recognizance.

Our office then forwarded documentation to the State Attorney's Office showing that the clients did not need to have driver's licenses to operate their electric bikes. The State Attorney's Office agreed that the clients were following Florida law and all charges were dismissed. We were also successful in having the violations of probations for both clients dismissed by the Court.

Unfortunately, even if you make every effort to follow the law, you can be wrongfully arrested by an officer with an inadequate knowledge of the law. If you have been wrongfully arrested it is important that you have an experienced DUI attorney on your side. If you feel that you have been wrongfully arrested contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. at 813-221-4200. We know what is at stake and we will fight to help defend you.

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