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What Constitutes a Pasco County DUI?


What constitutes Florida DUI?

Driving under the influence is defined as driving, or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of either alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in Florida statute 877.111, or any controlled substance under Florida’s drug laws, chapter 893, when a person is affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.


DUI is often referred to as a crime of opinion.  Although, now available to law enforcement and used quite often are items such as video recording of a person’s driving and field sobriety exercises, a breath test, a blood test, or urine test. (link these to text below) There are rules set forth in the Florida statutes as to when a person may be stopped and for what reasons, as well as how and when each of these tests may be requested and/or administered.

Florida DUI Questions we can help you with include:

  • Can I get my license back

  • Can my charge be reduced or dismissed?

  • Is the breath test accurate?

  • Can I be convicted of a DUI on a prescrption drug?

  • Are there things I can do to prepare for court or to help my case?

  • Do I need and attorney and how do I choose?

What Action Should I Take now that I have been arrested?

It is extremely important that you discuss with a qualified Florida DUI attorney the facts of your present arrest, any previous alcohol-related stops or arrests, and any DUI or similar type convictions whether in the state of Florida or anywhere else. Your discussions with your attorney are confidential. It is important for your attorney to know these matters in order to properly represent you and take the proper actions regarding your case.  Call us toll free at 866-786-5297 or fill out the contact form at Sandefer law firm.


Larry Sandefer has over 30 years criminal courtroom experience and is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law.  In fact, he was the first attorney in Pinellas and Pasco Counties to be awarded board certification in criminal trial law.


As a former prosecutor in Pinellas County, where he was a lead trial attorney and a division director, Mr. Sandefer knows both sides of a case and is familiar with not only how decisions are made by the state, but is familiar with those making the decisions.

Larry Sandefer and Sandefer Law Firm are AV rated under Martindale-Hubble’s Peer Review Rating Process. This is the highest possible peer review rating given for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubble, the prominent national attorney rating organization.

Sandefer Law Firm
4625 East Bay Drive Suite 203
Clearwater, FL 33764

Clearwater:     727-726-5297
St.Petersburg: 727-896-5297
Tampa Bay:    813-386-3300
Fax #:              727-726-6729
Toll Free:        866-786-5297


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