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DUI in Lakeland, FL

The Lakeland Police Department devotes considerable resources to its DUI enforcement unit including a vehicle equipped with a mobile breathalyzer unit and other evidence collection tools. Using the vehicle saves the police about 45 minutes per DUI stop.

The funds used to obtain the new Intoxilyzer 8000 were donated by Impaired Driving Education and Awareness.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, recent statistics show that the City of Lakeland was ranked the second most dangerous city in Florida for DUIs with 6.50 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents.

The City of Lakeland also had the highest percentage increase in DUI deaths in the entire state with 19 DUI fatalities from 2015 to 2017. The death rate increased 171% between the three-year period ending in 2017 when compared with the previous three-year period.

Attorney for DUI in Lakeland, FL

If you have been arrested for DUI by a DUI enforcement officer with the Lakeland Police Department, then contact an experienced attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

We focus on fighting DUI cases in Polk County and the surrounding areas in the greater Tampa Bay area. Whether you took the breath, blood, or urine test, or refused to submit, we can help.

Contact us to discuss the following types of DUI cases:

  • a first arrest for DUI with no prior convictions;
  • the refusal to submit to a breathalyzer to determine the alcohol content of your breath;
  • a blow of over 0.08 or a high blow of 0.15 or more on Florida’s breathalyzer called the Intoxilyzer 8000;
  • the DUI case with property damage or personal injury after a traffic crash; and
  • the DUI case involving a roadblock or sobriety checkpoint.

Call (813) 250-0500 today.

Lakeland Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Unit

When DUI enforcement officers don’t have adequate training or don’t follow that training properly, they might arrest innocent people.

The most obvious way to tell that innocent people are being arrested is by looking at the number of cases in Lakeland, FL, that involve a BAC level below the legal limit of .08.

The Lakeland Police Department has a Drug Recognition Experts that investigates suspected cases of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Each month, many of these arrests are initiated by DUI Enforcement Officers with the Lakeland County Sheriff’s Office. At least one of these officers has a mobile Intoxilyzer 8000 in the back of the officer’s patrol vehicle.

Problems with Breath Testing in Lakeland, FL

As of June 6, 2018, Intoxilyzer 8000 serial number 80-001865 and 80-001057 were taken to Enforcement Electronics for maintenance and calibration. Even after those repairs, serious problems with the breath testing machines continued.

In an email from Gordon L. Franz, M.S., Agency Inspector with the Lakeland Police Department’s Alcohol Testing Program, dated August 21, 2019, it was disclosed that problems occurred with LPD’s Department’s monthly inspections during August of 2018.

On August 20, 2018, Gordon Franz reported two separate inspections were completed on the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines maintained by the Lakeland Police Department.

During those inspections, problems were blamed on a “cracked simulator jar” used on Intoxilyzer 80-005819 and 80-001057 which had low readings for the .08 alcohol reference solution during the first inspection.

The agency inspector for the Lakeland Police Department’s breath testing program, Gordon Franz, reported that he replaced the glass simulator with approval from Danielle Miller Bell, a Department Inspector with FDLE. Reportedly, the four Intoxilyzer 8000 machines maintained by the Lakeland Police Department paused the second inspection.

If you allegedly blew over the legal limit of .08 after a DUI arrest by an officer with the Lakeland Police Department, then contact an attorney at Sammis Law Firm to find out why problems with the alcohol testing program might help you avoid a DUI conviction.

Additional Resources

City of Lakeland Police Department DUI Enforcement Unit – DUI Enforcement Officers with the Lakeland Police Department recently scheduled a Safety and Sobriety Saturation Patrol / DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 4, 2017, near Highway 92 (Memorial Blvd.), Florida Avenue, Highway 98 North , nd Highway 98 South. Other DUI checkpoints near Lakeland, FL, have been conducted at the 1100 block of North Brunnell Parkway.

DUI Enforcement Unit at the Police Department in Lakeland, FL – Visit the website for the City of Lakeland to learn more about the DUI enforcement unit at the Lakeland Police Department. Learn more about an NHTSA BAC study showing that people with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .02 have a higher display of signs of impairment. In 2017, the Records Section of the Lakeland Police Department filed 1,033 adult Notices to Appear, received 2,409 adult arrest affidavits, and delivered 8,981 traffic citations to court. The LPD record’s section collected $18,869.26 in fees for 2017, scanned 221,565 documents, provided 4,482 reports to customers, and processed 236 DUI reports.

MADD in Lakeland and Polk County, FL – The organization that fights for harsher penalties and punishments in DUI cases throughout Florida. MADD has offices throughout the State including an office in Lakeland, FL. Local chapters of MADD often request that judges impose a condition that the person sentenced attend a Victim Impact Panel (VIP) which is organized by the local MADD chapter.

MADD in Lakeland
1421 Commercial Park Drive #1
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: 863-668-7422
Fax: 863-668-5282
Email: polk.fl@madd.org

Lakeland Police Department on Twitter – Find out more about the Lakeland Police Department and its 232 sworn officers serving more than 90,000 residents. Learn more about how these officers investigate felony and misdemeanor cases in Polk County.

LPD Sergeant Involved in Dismissed DUI Cases Resigns – An article in THE LEDGER, published on Nov 8, 2013, explains why a longtime Lakeland Police Department Sergeant Ray Lloyd was accused of failing to complete DUI arrest paperwork and lying under oath to the State Attorney’s Office. The sergeant resigned in 2013 in order to avoid firing. The forced resignation of this DUI enforcement officer in Lakeland, FL, is the latest development in a series of problems with LPD’s DUI enforcement unit. Sgt. Ray Lloyd was also accused of the mishandling of DUI paperwork because he was accused of altering incomplete DUI reports. Allegedly, he had defendants sign incomplete forms that he filled out later.

Watch a video on YouTube about how the Lakeland Police Department recently won a brand new 2009 Dodge Charger fully equipped for DUI enforcement including a mobile Intoxilyzer 8000 which is the breathalyzer used in Florida.

Video produced by the City of Lakeland Police Department on the dangers of alcohol and drug impaired driving called DUI.

This article was last updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.