Thomas & Paulk Get DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office was contacted by an individual who reported seeing a possibly impaired driver. A deputy responded to the call and stopped our client for crossing the center line three times and for having an expired tag. After speaking to our client, the deputy claimed to notice signs of impairment and asked our client to perform field sobriety exercises. Our client performed the tests, but the deputy claimed they failed them and placed them under arrest for DUI.

He was then asked to submit to a breath test, which he refused. Because our client works as a real estate agent it was imperative that he not be convicted of DUI. After a thorough investigation of the case, we were able to find several weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. The prosecutor initially refused to drop the DUI charge and would only agree to allow a plea to the DUI charge. However, Thomas & Paulk was not satisfied with this. We continued to fight for our client and after many months of negotiations and seven court appearances, the State agreed to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving, saving our client’s career.

In choosing a Tampa defense attorney to represent you on a criminal matter, it is important to choose an advocate who will fight for you and not just accept the first offer made by the State. When you choose Thomas & Paulk, you can be confident we will fight to secure the best possible outcome.