DUI Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas County
If you have been arrested for a DUI, Drunk Driving, DWI, or Driving Under the Influence charge in the Tampa Bay area arising out of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or any other location within Pinellas County, we are highly rated DUI lawyers who can help.
Attorney Tim Sullivan and Marc Pelletier are experienced and qualified attorneys. We are dedicated to defending your rights and protecting your privilege to drive. Our office also routinely deals with the DHSMV in making application for driving permits and Florida hardship driver’s licenses.
Let’s Get Your Driver’s License Back Immediately after a DUI Arrest!
IMPORTANT: You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to challenge your driver’s license suspension. For that reason, time is of the essence and your attorney must promptly demand a Formal Administrative Review Hearing . Contact us to find out more about how we may be able to keep you on the road.
Our Objective: Let’s Get You an Immediate Hardship License – If this is your first DUI arrest, Florida Statute section 322.2615(1)(b)3 and 322.271(7) may authorize you to immediately apply for a hardship license. We can cut through the red tape and show you how.
Let’s Keep You Driving Uninterrupted – If you have never previously suffered a driver license suspension for a DUI, Florida law allows you to keep driving uninterrupted on a hardship license:
- After your 10-day DUI driving permit citation expires;
- While your DUI case is pending in court; and
- Even if you are ultimately convicted of DUI
You cannot take the benefit of this law automatically! It requires the filing of specialized paperwork and careful attention to Florida DHSMV procedures. Therefore, having the advice of an experienced attorney is critical for avoiding the potential pitfalls and mistakes that can leave you without a driver’s license.
Have An Experienced DUI Lawyer in Court
When searching for a good DUI lawyer in Pinellas County to protect your best interests and driving privilege, you should carefully consider the attorney’s training, skill, and qualifications. We are former state prosecutors who handle DUI cases only arising out of Pinellas County, including:
- St. Petersburg
- Safety Harbor
- Tarpon Springs
- Palm Harbor
- St. Pete Beach
- Treasure Island
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Indian Shores
- Redington Shores
- Madeira Beach
Judges and assistant state attorneys are accustomed to seeing us in their courtrooms on a daily basis. Likewise, with nearly 25 years of experience in the Pinellas County court systems, we understand how the system works. Let us evaluate the facts of your DUI charge, formulate defenses, and discuss getting your DUI reduced to reckless driving.
Put our experience to work for you.
How Our DUI Website Can Help You
Dealing with a DUI charge can be an especially stressful and challenging experience. We invite you to explore the helpful information on this website personally written by the St. Petersburg DUI lawyers at Russo Pelletier & Sullivan. These pages may answer many of your immediate questions and provide you with a better understanding of your options. Your decision on who is the best DUI attorney in Pinellas County, Florida should be based on a review of their training, experience, and qualifications.
When you’re ready, to take the next step…
Call us for a free consultation at (727) 578-0303
We Made it Our Business to Know Law Enforcement’s Business…
We are Certified DUI Intoxilyzer Operators If an Intoxilyzer was used in your case, we have the “know how” to examine the validity of the operator’s permit and to examine the machine’s calibration records. A failure of the police to properly comply with administrative rules may render your breath test results inadmissible in court.
Intoxilyzer Machine Inspector Attorney Tim Sullivan is one of just a few Florida lawyers trained in FDLE curriculum to inspect and evaluate the maintenance protocol of the Intoxilyzer 8000 used in your case. Breath testing results are only admissible in court if the machine has passed regular local and state inspections.
We are Roadside Field Sobriety Test Certified Attorney Marc Pelletier received the same field sobriety test training as law enforcement. Thus, our team can review your DUI video to determine if your tests were properly administered and fairly interpreted.
“Masters of DUI” Program Each lawyer has successfully fulfilled the prerequisites of the 2016 Masters of DUI Program conducted through the Florida Bar’s Department of Continuing Education.
Graduates of the NCDD at Harvard Law School Marc Pelletier and Tim Sullivan completed an intensive course of study at the National College for DUI Defense. This advanced-level training in the art of DUI advocacy is widely recognized by lawyers as a superior “hands on” approach to learning top notch DUI defense strategy.
Awarded only to law firms with the highest level of skill, integrity, an ethical standards.
An attorney-led research team named the top 2.5% of lawyers in Florida for this distinction. Tim Sullivan was honored to be recognized as a member of this prestigious group of legal practitioners.
Marc Pelletier was honored by the local legal community when he was elected President of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
This popular consumer resource rated Marc Pelletier and Tim Sullivan “Superb” for their legal experience, peer recognition and professional conduct.
The law firm of Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan is honored to be included in the prestigious Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
The defense attorneys at Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan are honored to be members of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Attorney Tim Sullivan is an official Pinellas county juvenile criminal court diversion arbitrator.
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