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DUI Refusal in Pinellas County

Under Section 316.1932(1)(a)1.a., F.S., anyone who accepts the privilege of operating a motor vehicle in the State of Florida is deemed to have given consent to submit to a lawfully requested and approved test of the alcohol content of their blood, breath, or urine.

In order to be lawfully requested, the chemical test must be incidental to a lawful arrest and administered at the request of a law enforcement officer who has a reasonable belief that the driver was DUI.

As authorized by Section 322.2615(1)(b)1.a., F.S., the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will administratively suspend the driving privileges for twelve (12) months for a first refusal or eighteen (18) months for a second or subsequent refusal.

In addition to the eighteen (18) month administrative suspension for the second refusal, the second refusal also constitutes a separate criminal charge. In fact, the crime of refusing to submit to a chemical test for a second time is charged as a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Lawyer for DUI Refusal in Pinellas County, FL

If you were charged with a DUI involving a refusal to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

We can help you demand a formal review hearing at the DHSMV to contest the 12-18 month administrative suspension.

After we demand the formal review hearing, we can also help you secure a 42-day permit so that you can continue to drive to work. Not only can we help you challenge the administrative suspension, we can also help you fight the DUI charge in court.

The main office of Sammis Law Firm is located in downtown Tampa, FL. We recently opened an office in Clearwater near the CJC Courthouse. Our office is located at 14010 Roosevelt Blvd Suite 701, Clearwater, FL 33762-3820. 

Don’t face the judge alone. Call 727-210-7004. 


This article was last updated on Friday, June 17, 2022. 

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