Monday, December 12, 2011

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints as Holidays Approach

St. Petersburg Criminal Attorney and Former State Prosecutor Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm discusses the Pinellas County Sheriff’s plan for additional DUI Sobriety Checkpoints during the 2011-2012 holiday season.


The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will conduct four driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) checkpoints the weekends of December 9 – 10, 2011 and December 16 – 17, 2011.  The checkpoints will take place at multiple locations, including Madeira Beach, Clearwater and Palm Harbor.

In addition to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the following law enforcement agencies in the Tampa area will be participating in the checkpoints – the Patrol Operations Bureau, the Special Operations Division, Patrol Deputies, the Prisoner Transport Unit, Traffic Crash Investigators, Community Policing Unit, K-9 Unit, Explorer Post 900, Investigative Operations Bureau, the Narcotics Unit and the Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID).

Why This Matters To You:

At the DUI checkpoints, about 35 to 40 law enforcement officers will be checking for drivers who are impaired by the use of drugs, controlled substances or alcohol.  Any driver suspected of DUI will be required to take a chemical breath test to check for the driver’s breath alcohol concentration level (BAC).

Although the checkpoints are intended to reduce injuries and save lives over the holidays, the checkpoints will also obviously result in increased driving under the influence charges, including underage DUI, administrative licenses suspension for DUI refusal and prescription drug DUI.  Additionally, the law enforcement officers will check for traffic offenses, such as driving without a license or registration and equipment violations.

What To Do Next:

If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the Tampa Bay area, contact a St. Petersburg DUI Lawyer to discuss possible defenses and specific strategies that may exist in your case.  Call the Morris Law Firm at 727-388-4736 to discuss you case directly with an attorney, or fill out our Online Form to be contacted for a Free Initial Consultation.  The Morris Law Firm can help.  Attorney Melinda Morris has specific knowledge and experience in representing alleged DUI offenders throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay, FL area (St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Largo, Dunedin and Bradenton).