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St Petersburg Will Try to Seize Vehicles in DUI Cases

Can St Petersburg Seize Vehicles in DUI Cases?

There does not appear to be any legal impediment to adding DUI as a basis for vehicle seizure . . .”

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Yes, St Petersburg, Florida will join a few other Florida towns and cities allowing police to seize the vehicle of driving under the influence suspect and sell it back to him/her for around $500.00.

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Now St Petersburg Will Try to Seize Vehicles in DUI Cases

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The city legal team has stated, “There does not appear to be any legal impediment to adding driving under the influence as a basis for vehicle seizure and impoundment with a companion administrative fine. “

List of Cities with DUI Vehicle Seizure Laws in Florida

Other Florida cities have ordinances which include driving under the influence as a basis for seizing the vehicle in traffic cases. A statewide search of these municipalities lists these cities:

  • Dunnellon, FL – Provides a catchall. The ordinance reads: The vehicle was used, intended or attempted to be used, to facilitate the violation of any criminal statute and the operator of the vehicle has been taken into custody by the police department and such motor vehicle would thereby be left unattended. The additional language which authorizes vehicle impoundment if the police officer has probable cause to believe that the operator of the vehicle or another person in charge of the vehicle is incapacitated to such an extent as to be unable to provide for its custody, control, or removal.
  • Wildwood, FL – Provides a catchall. The ordinance reads: Is subject to being detained for any other reason if the police chief elects to proceed on same under the provisions hereof.
  • Atlantis, FL
  • Biscayne Park, FL
  • Hypoluxo, FL
  • Lantana, FL
  • Mangonia Park, FL
  • Port Richey, FL

St. Petersburg Proposed Vehicle Seizure Ordinance

“Proposed amendments: Adding driving under the influence to the section will provide officers an additional tool to promote public safety and penalize dangerous driving choices in the City. There does not appear to be any legal impediment to adding driving under the influence as a basis for vehicle seizure and impoundment with a companion administrative fine pursuant to section 20-122. If the proposed change is approved, officers will be educated regarding this additional public safety tool. “

“The Department respectfully requests the following three amendments to City Code Section 20-122:

  1. first [sic] amend section (b) to include driving under the influence as a basis for an officer to seize and impound a vehicle;
  2. next [sic] amend section (e)(2) regarding the scheduling of the optional preliminary hearing from two business days to five business days;
  3. then [sic] amend section (f)(1) regarding the scheduling of the optional final hearing from two business days to five business days. “St Petersburg, Florida DUI – Attorney and Former DUI Prosecutor, W.F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr., was an Assistant State Attorney / DUI Prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office and has handled hundreds, of DUI cases as a trial lawyer. Drivers facing DUI or BUI in St Petersburg, Florida can call Casey for help when DUI troubles arise.

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DUI and other Criminal misdemeanor charges that occur in Pinellas County, Florida are assigned to one of three courthouses. They are located in North, South and Central Pinellas County.

There are three courthouses in Pinellas County, Florida. Each DUI defendant is assigned to either the North, South or Central Pinellas County Courthouse.

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W. F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr., a former prosecutor, and Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer has been the attorney of record in hundreds of DUI cases. He has represented clients in driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases in many Florida counties. Casey is a former Assistant State Attorney (Prosecutor) and a former Assistant Public Defender. He has litigation experience which includes DUI St Petersburg, counterfeiting, driving under the influence, fraud, forgery, murder, money laundering, and theft.

Sources: www.stpete.org/agenda%20packets/2017-10-05%20Council%20Agenda.pdf, www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/driving-drunk-in-st-pete-police-can-soon-impound-your-car/2340502, www.wtsp.com/news/local/arrested-for-dui-heres-the-city-in-tampa-bay-where-youll-now-be-paying-a-lot-more/482312655  


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Story of a Typical Tampa DUI Traffic Stop

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Story of a Typical Florida DUI Traffic Stop

Imagine a visit to the Tampa Bay area, on a Florida vacation. There is a dui traffic stop or a minor accident and the cop smells alcohol and asks you to step from the car. The cop often innocently asks if the driver needs directions. More questioning will follow as to where you came from and where you were going. A series of “tests” designed to be recorded and to make drivers look at the very least silly usually follows.

 

 

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What happens to me after a DUI arrest?

How do I get out of jail after a DUI Arrest?

What happened to my car?

How do I get my Driver’s License back after a DUI charge?

How do I get a copy of the Police Reports?

What happens to me after a DUI arrest?

What happens to me after a DUI arrest?

Failure of Roadside “Tests”

Upon your imminent “failure” of this field or roadside sobriety tests you are part of a DUI Traffic Stop. The cop who stopped you may call a “DUI specialist” to the scene of the traffic stop. Then an officer will take you and the video to the county jail. Then at the jail, an officer asks you to submit to a breath test.

Loss of Privilege

If you don’t comply with the request, the officer seizes your driver’s license and the law suspends your driver’s license immediately or in as little as 10 days. A national data-sharing system shares this event with all 50 states. Your insurance company, an employer, a potential landlord, a potential employer will now have easy access to this alcohol-related traffic stop.

Recording of “Test”

Some Florida counties also produce a video at the jail at or near the time of the breath test. Hernando County, Florida is one such county. Hillsborough County Florida sometimes records the performance of field sobriety test in a room at the jail. The police will sometimes record the request ( in Florida, an Implied Consent warning ) and refusal to take a breath test on video.

DWI Defense or DUI Defense under the strict Florida law can be quite challenging. Often the police are the main and only witnesses. Licenses authorities, prosecutors, and judges will have access to a video of your driving and your field sobriety tests. Under Florida public records law, the media can obtain copies of all reports, including this video.

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How do I get out of jail for a DUI Arrest?

How Do I Get Out of Jail After a DUI Arrest?

If the result is over .08, then the jail is required to hold the driver until a second breath test is less than .08. This is true even though bond has been posted. Upon release from jail, drivers wonder, what happened to my car? Cops usually will rummage through the vehicle seeking cash, contraband (usually drugs or weapons or open containers of alcoholic beverages). A tow truck is generally called to the scene and the vehicle is impounded.

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What happened to my car?

What Happened To My Car After My DUI Arrest?

Getting the vehicle back can be quite a challenge. Once you figure out who took your car and where it went, these operators require a photo ID. This is tough since the cops took your license in their efforts to suspend your license.

You must confront the scientific evidence from the breath test and/or the blood tests. Damaging evidence against you may include the breath test, the blood tests, officer’s testimony, and Standard Field Sobriety tests.

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How do I get my Driver’s License back?

How do I get my Driver's License back after a DUI arrest?

Business Purposes License

If you have no prior DUI charges, then you may be eligible for a business purposes only restricted driver’s license. You can waive any challenges to the traffic stop, the alleged refusal to submit to a breath test, or having a breath result of over .08 at the time of the alleged driving. This waiver permit costs around $500. You pay directly Alcohol Traffic Education, the Bureau of Administrative Reviews, and the Division of Drivers Licenses directly. The disadvantage of a business purposes only restricted driver’s license is a permanent entry on your driving record. The entry lists the traffic stop, the refusal, and a breath result over .08.

Hardship License

Another option, usually with the help of a Tampa DUI Lawyer, is to have your attorney request an administrative hearing (with or without witnesses ). You have 10 calendar days from the DUI traffic stop to pay a filing fee and request a hearing. The hearing may be set within 30 days. Your DUI ticket says if you are eligible for a 42-day hardship license. You may challenge the facts and validity of the DUI arrest and the DUI traffic stop under the Florida Law.

Standards For Suspension

The arresting officer sought the suspension of your driver’s license on the date of the DUI stop. The hearing officer uses the standards of the Florida Administrative Code. The hearing officer uses a checklist from that code to validate the suspension of your driver’s license. The checklist covers a few technical requirements surrounding the DUI traffic stop. It also covers the refusal to submit to a DUI breath test. Further, it covers the evidence of a valid DUI breath test over .08 on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath machine.

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How Do I Get a Copy of My DUI Arrest Police Reports?

How Do I Get a Copy of the Police Reports of My DUI Arrest?

A competent DUI Defense Attorney can file proper legal requests meeting all deadlines. These force the state to provide all information they intend to use against the driver. Some Florida DUI Lawyers have knowledge of the highly technical issues covered in this article and can establish your defense against DUI charges. In Florida, DUI is a serious charge. A conviction usually results in a nearly permanent entry on your driving record, even if you do not have a Florida driver’s license. You cannot seal or expunge the record of this conviction to prevent others from uncovering this event in your life. You need a serious defense. A Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer in the Tampa Bay Florida area, can be your attorney and defend you against drunk driving charges and other traffic offenses. A DUI / DWI lawyer to defend against this charge is available right now. Please call 813-222-2220.

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