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DUI in St. Petersburg

With 4.63 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents, the city of St. Petersburg ranks at the fourth deadliest city in Florida for a DUI crash.

In fact, St. Petersburg was 141% more dangerous than the average across the large Florida cities including in a recent survey. The number of people killed in DUI crashes has increased slightly between 2012 and 2014.

Because of the high number of DUI fatalities in Florida, law enforcement officers with the St. Peterburg Police Department devotes considerable resources to investigating and arresting drivers accused of DUI.

Attorney for DUI in St. Petersburg, FL

If you were arrested by a DUI enforcement officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm.

The DUI defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm are familiar with the tactics used by the St. Petersburg Police Department when making a DUI arrest.

We fight a variety of DUI charges involving a breath test, blood test, urine test, or alleged refusal to submit to testing. No matter your circumstances, we can help.

Call 813-250-0500.

Agency Inspector for the St. Petersburg Police Department

The current agency inspector for the St. Petersburg Police Department’s alcohol breath testing program is Inspector Michael D. Weiskopf. This inspector is given the task of maintaining the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines assigned to the police department in St. Petersburg. The Agency Inspector prior to November of 2016 was Inspector Robbie S. Arkovich.

After the DUI arrest, the officers in St. Petersburg, FL, will fill out an incident/investigation report for driving under the influence. The report will list whether a video was completed and put into evidence. The arresting officer and the assisting officers will be listed in the report.

The report contains an incident narrative section which includes the DUI citation number and the court date for the arraignment in the South County Traffic Court located at 1800 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg, FL, 33710.

The report will also list:

  • the FST’s video operator and number;
  • the breath test operator,
  • instrument number and results; and
  • the FST scene description.

The officer will complete a VIPAR affidavit and DUI Citation. After the DUI arrest, the officer is trained to tell the defendant about the procedures for the temporary driving permit, the court date, and how to contact the Clearwater Driving Improvement Office to request an administrative review, should one be desired. The defendant will then be booked into the Pinellas County Jail and the vehicle will typically be impounded.

The DUI enforcement officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department will also write an arrest report and impairment evaluation form. The impairment form will ask for the incident information, the suspect information, signs of impairment, and the results of the horizontal gaze nystagmus exercise.

Script for DUI Field Sobriety Exercises in St. Petersburg

The report includes a video introduction script which states:

Today is ________, the ___ day of __________. The location is _______________. The time is _________. I am Officer _______ of the St. Petersburg Police Department. The person performing the Field Sobriety Tests is ____________.

The purpose of the Field Sobriety Tests is to obtain objective criteria in order to properly evaluate to what degree, if any, the driver of a motor vehicle is under the influence of alcoholic beverage and/or controlled substances.

Do you have any injuries or physical defects at this time?

Implied Consent Warning in St. Petersburg, FL

The report for officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department contains a list of the standardized field sobriety exercises and a section to take notes.

At the bottom of the form, it contains the implied consent warning form for a blood draw which provides:

I am now requesting that you submit to a lawful test of your blood for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content and presence of chemical or controlled substances.

Yes or No

(Read only if test refused)

If you fail to submit to the blood test that I have requested, your privilege to operate a motor vehicle will be suspended for a period of one (1) year for a first refusal, or eighteen months (18) months if your privilege has been previously suspended as a result of a refusal to submit to a lawful test of your breath, urine or blood.

Refusal to submit to the test I have requested of you is admissible into evidence in any criminal proceeding. If you currently hold a Commercial Driver’s License, that license / privilege will be suspended for one (1) year in the case of a first refusal or permanently if you have previously been disqualified as a result of a refusal.

Do you still refuse to take the test knowing your driving privilege will be suspended for at least one year?

Alternatively, the officer will also complete the St. Petersburg Police Department Breath/Urine Testing Form that asks for the observation start time, arrest time, suspect information, signs of impairment, and the State of Florida Implied Consent form.

The DUI Wolfpack in Pinellas County, FL

Throughout the year, the St. Petersburg Police Department’s DUI Unit and Patrol Bureau conducts city-wide DUI Wolf Pack operations to crack down on drunk driving.

During these operations, officers will make a special effort to stop drivers looking for clues of alcohol or drug impairment. The DUI Wolf Pack operation is sponsored by M.A.D.D., the Suncoast Safety Council, and R.I.D. – Tampa Bay.

The goal of these operations is to educate citizens and create public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.

Additional Resources

Level I DUI School in St. Petersburg, FL – Visit the website of the Suncoast Safety Council to find information on the Level I DUI program including how to register online. To register for the Pinellas County DUI program, you must live, work, or attend school in Pinellas County. The Level I Drug and Alcohol Education Course consists of twelve (12) hours of classroom instruction and a drug and alcohol evaluation. The fees of $296.50 which includes the mandated State Assessment Fee, a Florida lifetime driving record, and the Driver Risk Inventory questionnaire.

This article was last updated on Friday, June 21, 2019.

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