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DUI Arrest by the Lakeland Police Department

If you were arrested for DUI by the Lakeland Police Department, then you are not alone. Each year DUI enforcement officers arrest approximately 500 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the City of Lakeland.

The officers assigned to DUI enforcement units patrol the streets in Lakeland, FL, seven days a week.

The DUI Enforcement Unit for the Lakeland Police Department was created in 1998. The LPD DUI enforcement unit includes several officers who have completed specialized training on how to conduct field sobriety exercises or make an arrest involving an allegation of drug impairment.

The officers on the DUI enforcement unit also have training as Traffic Homicide Investigators.

Attorney for a DUI Arrest in Lakeland, FL

Find out more about how we fight DUI cases, including DUI cases with a high blow over .08 on the breath test or an alleged “refusal” to submit to a breath, blood or urine test.

Contact us to speak to an experienced DUI attorney who aggressively fights DUI charges after an arrest by the Lakeland Police Department.

Call 813-250-0500.


Videos about the LPD DUI Enforcement

Watch a video narrated by Robin Tillett for “Access Lakeland.” The video discusses how DUI Enforcement Officers with the Lakeland Police Department won a new 2009 Dodge Charger valued at more than $50,000.00 from the Florida Department of Transportation.

The DUI vehicle is used for patrols and during DUI saturation patrols, and DUI sobriety checkpoints (often called “DUI roadblocks”) conducted by LPD officers throughout the year.

In the video, Officer Frank Fitzgerald with the Lakeland Police Department explains that the DUI enforcement vehicle contains a mobile Intoxilyzer 8000 that is bolted into the vehicle. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is the only breathalyzer approved in the State of Florida.

Officer Fitzgerald shows off the vehicles which feature an in-car digital video system to capture the roadside investigation. The video system also captures the suspect’s performance on roadside agility tests (often called the “standardized field sobriety exercises” by law enforcement officers).

The DUI vehicle also has a microphone, in-car police radio, in-car laptop computer, radar unit with a front and rear moving antenna, Officer Frank Fitzgerald explains that the vehicle supplied by Florida Department of Transportation helps eliminate the lag time between arrest and the breath test.

Video narrated by Alex Gomez, a Lakeland Police Department DUI Enforcement Officer who discusses the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience vehicle. Johnnie Wombles with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office DUI Enforcement unit helps teenagers learn more about the effects of drinking and driving.


Additional Resources

DUI Crime Statistics from the Lakeland Police Department – Visit the website of the Lakeland Police Department to learn more about the DUI crime statistics compiled at the city, state and national level. Find out how the Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit of the LPD supports the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Operations Section, and Investigations.

DUI School in Lakeland, FL – Visit the website of the Tri-County Human Services, Inc. (TCHS), located at 1811 Crystal Lake Drive in Lakeland, FL, to register online for Level I or Level II DUI school. Tri-County Human Services serves people who live, work, or attend school in Hardee County, Highlands County, and Polk County, FL. After you register online, you must contact the office within five (5) days to schedule the classroom instruction and evaluation.


Find an Experienced DUI Attorney for Lakeland, FL

If you were arrested for DUI in Polk County, contact an experienced attorney with the Sammis Law Firm.

Whether your case involves a breath test, urine test, blood test or refusal to submit to testing, we can help. We are familiar with the best ways to fight the administrative suspension during a formal review hearing at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) office.

Call (813) 250-0500 to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney over the phone, or schedule an office consultation.


This article was last updated by Leslie Sammis on Friday, June 21, 2018.

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