Defending DUI in Tampa, Florida

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DUI Scooters in Tampa

Alternative Transportation After Conviction

For a driver who has been convicted of DUI or has otherwise had his or her driver's license suspended, getting around can be difficult. Losing your license, even on a temporary basis, can have a significant impact on your ability to get to school or work or even to go to the local grocery store or run other necessary errands. Fortunately, drivers may have a useful alternative.

DUI Scooters offer an alternative means of transportation by way of electric bicycle, which a person may legally operate without a license. These vehicles are still relatively new to the market and may cause some confusion with law enforcement. If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended license while riding an electric bike or DUI scooter, it is important to talk to a lawyer.

Riding a "DUI Scooter"

Electric Bicycle After License Suspension

DUI scooters are a type of vehicle that fit state and federal descriptions of low-speed electric bicycles. These vehicles are operated with foot pedals. They also have electric motors that run for approximately 25 miles on a charge. The vehicles travel up to 20 miles per hour and have headlights and windshields.

If riders do not remove the pedals or modify the bikes to enable them to travel faster than 20 mph, they fit the classification of electric bicycles and may be used without a driver's license. They should also not be driven on the sidewalk; instead, they should follow the rules of the road that apply to standard bicycles.

The approximate cost of this type of vehicle is $1,200 to $2,000.

For a person who has had his or her license suspended or permanently revoked, obtaining a DUI scooter may be essential. Due to their slight resemblance to a small motorcycle, however, some riders of DUI scooters in Tampa have been arrested and held on charges of driving on a suspended license. Instead of facing potentially bogus charges and harsh penalties, involve a DUI defense lawyer who is familiar with handling cases involving these electric bicycles.

At Thomas & Paulk, we understand how to deal with criminal cases involving DUI scooters. Take a case where the Tampa Police Department arrested two people for driving with a suspended license and violation of probation because they were riding electric bicycles. In these DUI scooter cases, these individuals initially faced felony charges, but our attorneys got involved and had the clients released on their recognizance (without bail) with all charges dismissed.

Don’t face charges for a crime that you are not guilty of! Call the experienced DUI scooter attorneys at Thomas & Paulk today at (813) 321-7323.

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DUI Defense in Florida

At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to have the experience to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

The important thing is that you act quickly. Criminal cases involving charges of drinking and driving are serious and they can move fast. You cannot afford to wait or ignore your charges. You need a legal professional on your side who truly understands what you're facing so that they can offer you experience counsel and sound advice. To learn more about how a lawyer like this can assist with your case, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Call our Tampa DUI defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk today to schedule an initial consultation. This is a completely free, confidential appointment for you to tell us your side of the story.

  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.
  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.
  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.
  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.