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First Offender DUI

You been arrested for DUI. Booked into the Orient Road jail. Offered the chance to blow into a breath test machine.

Never been through anything like this before. This is the first time that you been arrested for a DUI.

If you been arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office or Tampa Police Department officer for DUI and don’t worry.

An arrest is not the same as a conviction.

In fact, for many first-time offenders it’s reasonable to set a goal of having the charge reduced from a DUI to a lesser charge such as reckless driving even if the state can prove their case.

The state attorney’s office in Tampa Florida has created a DUI diversionary program for first-time DUI offenders that qualify known as the reduced impairing driving recidivism initiative.

According to the state attorney about 20% of DUI cases are eligible for the new diversionary program.

The diversionary program, if you qualify is in effect a guaranteed way to make sure that you keep your record clean. Your Tampa the first offender DUI attorney will negotiate the terms and conditions with the state.

If your attorney can negotiate a withhold of adjudication on a reckless driving charge, then you might be eligible to seal your criminal record. This’ll help you get rid of the mug shot that people see online. It will keep your criminal history clean. Of course, if you are wrongfully arrested in the state cannot prove the charge of DUI then your goal should be better than reduction.

In these cases, we make the goal an outright dismissal or a victory at trial.

Attorneys For 1st DUI In Tampa Fl

In every case we recommend demanding a formal review hearing within the first 10 days after your arrest.

We don’t advise seeking an immediate hardship license and waving all your rights until after you spoken to us.

First and foremost, with the right fact pattern you can win your formal review hearing.

A win of your formal review will allow you to drive unrestricted going forward while your case is pending.

Second, in certain cases we want to use the formal review to take additional discovery.

Unfortunately, Tampa Florida does not allow depositions and misdemeanor DUI cases as a matter of course.

However, a formal review hearing can allow your attorney to subpoena the arresting officer to testify.

That means your attorney for your first time DUI in Tampa can gather information much like a deposition from the arresting officer.

Your goal is to win your formal review hearing. If you win the administrative suspension will be completely removed from your record.

Course your next goal is to avoid a DUI conviction in the courtroom.

Benefits Of Hiring A DUI Attorney For A First Time DUI

The right first-time offender DUI attorney can make all the difference in keeping a record clean.

In certain cases, using the states guaranteed reduction program will be beneficial. Of course, the terms and conditions including fines and costs that make up part of the program are negotiated by your attorney.

In other cases, your DUI lawyer will be able to see defenses that are fatal to the state’s case.

In these cases, your DUI attorney can use motion practices to get the case completely dismissed.

If your case is completely dismissed, then you’re eligible to seal and expunge your criminal record.

In other cases, the state attorney just flat wrong. The officer should not have arrested you in the first place. And as these cases where a Tampa DUI lawyer can really shine and keeping your record clean.

Drivers License Suspension After A First DUI

First-time DUI of course have serious court ramifications impacting you and your loved ones.

But even before you go to court you have to deal with the administrative consequences that are triggered by your arrest.

Most cases the arresting officer will take a driver’s license and give you a citation that acts as your notice of suspension.

This notice is your temporary ten-day permit to drive. Without this notice you cannot drive.

If you don’t do anything then:

  • If you took the breath test blew over a .08 then your driver’s license will be suspended for six months with a 30-day hard suspension. A hard suspension means a 30-day period where you cannot drive no matter what.
  • If you refuse the blown the breath test in your driver’s license will be suspended for 12 months with a 90-day hard period.
  • Four DUIs that occurred after July 1, 2013, with no other priors, you can sometimes avoid the hard suspension entirely by waiving your right to have a formal review hearing within the 10 days after the arrest. The problem with this is that you’ll never be able to test the administrative suspension that will remain on your driver’s license for the next 75 years. So, I you absolutely want to discuss the facts of your case with an attorney before you decide whether to waive your formal review hearing.

Minimum Mandatory Penalties For Your First DUI Conviction In Hillsborough County Florida

the unfortunate part about DUI convictions is that there are certain penalties that the court must impose. That’s why the idea of reducing a charge is so enticing. Absent a DUI conviction then there won’t be any requirement for the judge to have to impose certain sanctions. That means all the rest of your sanctions can be negotiated by your attorney.

If you do enter a plea of guilty or no contest to a first-time DUI in Tampa Florida, then you may face:

  • Jail: For first-time DUI the court can send you up to six months or 180 days in the Hillsborough County jail. There are certain times when the court can order an enhanced penalty that weighed include up to nine months in jail for first DUI. This is if there is a minor in the car with you or if you have a blood or breath alcohol reading that is a .15 or higher.
  • Probation: the court can send you up to 12 months of probation. The total amount of penalty for any incarceration plus probation cannot exceed 12 months. Therefore, if the court sentenced you to 30 days in jail than the maximum probationary period that you would have would be 11 months.
  • Community Service: there is a requirement of a minimum of 50 hours of community service. Most judges will allow you to buy out any number of your community service hours at a rate of 10 bucks an hour. Therefore, if you have 50 hours of community service the right judge will allow you to buy that out by adding a $500 fine to any other fines that you have in your case.
  • Driver’s License Revocation: There is at least a six months driver license suspension associated with the DUI conviction. There are avenues to take that will allow you to continue driving on a hardship license. You will need to have completed DUI school and substance abuse evaluation and treatment before eligible.
  • Ignition Interlock: on a first time DUI the judge is not required to have you install an ignition interlock device unless your blood alcohol reading was .15 or higher or if there is a kid in the vehicle.

Our DUI Attorneys For First Time Offender Tampa Cases

We are proud to have some of the most experienced trial hardened DUI attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. Our lead attorney Lee Perlman has tried more DUI trials in the last six years than any other DUI attorney in the Tampa area the beauty of this is he’s able to leverage his experience and reputation with the state attorney’s office to get the best possible deals for his first-time offender clients in other words his past trial experience Actually leads to a less likely chance that his clients end up in trial.

Our main Tampa office is located on Armenia Avenue about five minutes north of 275 and just south of Hillsborough Avenue.  We offer free consultations in our Tampa office as well as our other Tampa Bay locations in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Bradenton.

What Our Clients Say

I was referred to Lee Pearlman and his office by a mutual acquaintance and I am SO GLAD I was! I was so impressed at how professional everything was handled and I know I put pressure on him from the start expressing I wanted this resolved quickly. Not only was the entire staff friendly and punctual, they were incredibly understanding of my needs and concerns over my case. He is one of the best in the business there is no doubt about that! So much so, that he got my charges dropped after only a few short weeks! I cried happy tears to say the least and I am happy with how quick he was. I would strongly recommend him if you need a strong and effective lawyer! The staff even sent me a birthday card, so thoughtful, and I was truly thankful for all of the great service I received.
Kandice Watson
Kandice Watson
16:24 21 Sep 20
Lee Pearlman is hands down the best attorney out there! I would not even consider using someone else! He made good on all of his promises, the fees were very reasonable, his team had excellent communication with me, they were very professional, and most importantly he delivered the outcome we were looking for! Dont waste your time calling someone from a random commercial advertisement; just look at all the positive reviews Lee has and give him a call . . . . he will not disappoint!
Patrick Wise
Patrick Wise
22:45 28 Aug 20
I honestly can't say enough about Lee Pearlman! We had hired another firm initially who basically charged us twice as much and did not get any results and caused major delays and what could have been a very bad situation. A friend of ours recommended we call Lee. That was the best call we could have made. Lee was super responsive and immediately met with us and took over the case and in a quarter of the time of the other firm got us a resolution that is way beyond what we expected could have possibly happened. We are so thankful to Lee.
Lori Spaulding
Lori Spaulding
16:12 27 Aug 20
Lee Pearlman is the best Attorney around Tampa Bay Area!!! He makes you feel comfortable, responsive, & knows shows true professionalism. He’s very passionate in what he does!! I’ll forever be grateful and will always recommend Lee to anyone.
Nolan T
Nolan T
20:21 18 Aug 20
I have retained Lee Pearlman on two separate occasions. I trust Lee, and he will fight for you, to get you the best outcome on your particular case. Lee was very professional, I am very satisfied with his work and will always call him if I am in need of an attorney.
Lisa Korosec
Lisa Korosec
19:00 17 Aug 20
I have used this law firm on 3 separate occasions, and each time I am more impressed. Lee is a great lawyer and a fighter. He doesn’t treat you like a file on the desk. Him or Ashley were always accessible to answer any questions or concerns. On my case, Lee went the extra mile to get a case that seemed hopeless, dismissed. I would recommend Lee to my friends and family and would go nowhere else.
Ted Papa
Ted Papa
12:58 04 Aug 20
Lee Pearlman was my attorney in a recent case and made the process so easy for me. With his knowledge, expertise, and reasonable price, I would definitely hire again.
Molly McCoy
Molly McCoy
16:10 17 Jun 20
Lee Pearlman was my criminal defense attorney. He made the process so easy for me with his knowledge and expertise. Also, gave me a great price. Super satisfied with his services. Would definitely hire again.
Molly McCoy
Molly McCoy
15:59 17 Jun 20
I was recommend to Lee and he was the best recommendation for me. He was upbeat, knowledgeable and followed through with everything he said he would. He loves what he does...you can tell. He is darn good at it! I really appreciate his work. Thank you again Lee!
Kay Morgan
Kay Morgan
17:38 09 Apr 20
Lee Pearlman did an amazing job handling my girlfriend's criminal traffic violation. He kept us updated every step of the way and ultimately the charges were dismissed. I would recommend this law firm to anyone!
Jonathan Clifford
Jonathan Clifford
17:03 09 Apr 20
Thank you to Lee Pearlman at Denmon Pearlman for all his help. He was professional and friendly. I would recommend this firm to friends & family. If you’re ever in a bind and need a lawyer, choose Denmon Pearlman! They get the job done. 👍🏽
Michelle Mash
Michelle Mash
15:07 07 Apr 20
Thank you to Mr. Lee Pearlman for all his knowledge & support. I would recommend him to anyone! During this interesting time with Covid-19, with the courts being closed, he was able to get our case dropped within a reasonable amount of time. He was professional & very helpful. Thank you again for all your help.
Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee
00:43 07 Apr 20
Lee pearlman is a wonderful lawyer who is dedicated to your case. He makes sure you stay up to date at all times. I highly recommend lee pearlman.
Jason Raney
Jason Raney
23:59 06 Apr 20
I can't say enough good things about my experience with my attorney Lee. His encouragement throughout the process was vital in calming the nerves of this 1st time offender. He had immediate responsiveness to my calls and texts and never gave any false hope concerning possible outcomes. He was able to get charges dropped and maintained my clean record. I highly recommend this law firm for its professionalism and quality of service.
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
19:34 30 Mar 20
Lee Pearlman and the Denmon Pearlman team were great. They did high quality work for a reasonable price. We couldn't have won our case without them. Lee made us feel informed and confident throughout the process. Thank you!
William Ruff
William Ruff
22:23 27 Mar 20
If you need an amazing lawyer call Lee pearlman! He is the best out there! I highly recommend him. Anytime I need him he is always there very very reliable! I wish I could give more than 5 stars that's how great!Thank you for all you do!
Ashley Ziegler
Ashley Ziegler
15:43 20 Feb 20
I would absolutely recommend Denmon and Pearlman to anyone in need of legal services! Lee Pearlman is hands down one of the most professional and efficient attorneys, His associates are just as knowledgeable, and they Immediately responded to any of my inquiries. I have found my firm for life and would recommend them to anyone I come across. Thank you so much for all of your support and services throughout my situation.
Christina Bosco
Christina Bosco
15:41 03 Feb 20
I would absolutely recommend Denmon and Pearlman to anyone in need of legal services! Lee Pearlman is hands down one of the most professional and efficient attorneys, His associates are just as knowledgeable, and they Immediately responded to any of my inquiries. I have found my firm for life and would recommend them to anyone I come across. Thank you so much for all of your support and services throughout my situation.
Christina Bosco
Christina Bosco
15:39 03 Feb 20
Lee pearlemen was absolutely the best and he really focused on my case. He is the man to go to whenever you need help.This was my first charge and I was scared until I hired Lee pearlemen. absolutely the best decision I could make. I owe him a whole lot and I have no regrets .If you need a good lawyer Lee Pearlemen is the man to go to!!
Jacob Braden
Jacob Braden
17:34 21 Jan 20
Lee Pearlman and his team are great! if your thinking of allowing a public defender in the adult system represent you I would strongly encourage you not to do that, but to call these people! They have done nothing but achieve positive quick results. I want to specifically thank Shadi! He is so eager and motivated. He keeps in touch with you and explains everything every step of the way. He was so great that he showed up to court on THANKSGIVING morning. Who does that? Shadi does! Thanks again Shadi and Lee!
krystal Speeler
krystal Speeler
20:50 15 Dec 19
Lee worked hard and treated me like he was representing a family friend! The entire office staff were very attentive and I was able to get the best outcome possible! Thank You LEE!!! UPDATE!!!!! Exactly As I was told is exactly what the outcome was in the end! The best case scenario happened due to the skill and hard work of this firm!!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
Matthew Garcia
Matthew Garcia
20:28 29 Oct 19
Nicole and Lee go the extra mile to represent various client needs, and work with you as a whole human being, being considerate and kind, as well as being thorough and fearless as well. I have utilized their services in 3 different scenarios, and every time, I was thrilled with their representation. Hire Lee or Nicole for anything - for everything. Fantastic lawyers and fantastic people.
Nicki Wright
Nicki Wright
13:27 08 Oct 19
Lee Pearlman.
amilkar valenzuela
amilkar valenzuela
17:09 22 Sep 19
February of 2019 I ran into a very problematic legal matter, it put my healthcare license and my very livelihood on the line. I didn’t have anyone to turn to and my family left me on my own, I was lost and, honestly, things were looking bleak. I was recommended Mr. Lee Pearlman and went to meet with him, without much hope for how things would turn out. Not only was Mr. Pearlman understanding of the situation, he was so friendly and calm that my problem seemed less like the end of the world and more like an unfortunate bump in the road. It took a couple of months but he fought for me to return to work and explained the process so that I could actually understand the legal lingo. It has taken more time and dedication than I ever thought, but my life is back on track and I cannot thank Lee enough for fighting for me. I had very low expectations for how things would turn out, but Lee blew them out of the water and helped me more than I thought possible. If you are looking for someone that won’t judge your mistakes and will try his hardest to help you, I cannot recommend Lee Pearlman enough. He and his staff were always so nice and I will genuinely miss seeing them all.
Jana Easton
Jana Easton
22:37 10 Sep 19
Lee Pearlman has been amazing! He cares about his clients and gets the job done. If your looking for a quality attorney that will work for you then you found him. I can’t say enough good things about him and his team. Thanks again!!!
Nikki Jay
Nikki Jay
18:47 07 Jun 19
Been with Lee Pearlman for quite a bit of time. He's EXCELLENT!!! He's well known and extremely well liked by Defense teams, Prosecution teams and Judges alike. If anyone can get the job done, it's Lee!! He was also there for me on the emotional level as I was scared and very upset over everything we were going through. He continued to reassure me that it was all going to be alright!! He certainly helped our family through a very tough time and got the BEST outcome that could have been gotten. I truly wouldn't trust any other attorney to handle any legal situation. Thank You from the bottom of my heart Lee, for EVERYTHING!!!! GOD BLESS YOU
Hope Fuller Lane
Hope Fuller Lane
23:51 25 Feb 19
I have personally had the opportunity to work first hand with attorneys Lee Pearlman and Klarika Caplano, as well as multiple other members of the firm’s staff. The attention and dedication I received is top notch, and they are always available to answer questions or address any concerns. This firm will do everything in their power to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Jon Appleton
Jon Appleton
21:19 03 Jan 19
This law firm handles a multitude of different types of cases. I have personally retained them for family and for an auto accident as well as been very close to someone who Lee and Jake represented in a criminal case. That case was long and drawn out and The State seemed to of had the upper hand until Lee and Jake came on and ended up going through a two day trial. Without them the outcome did not look good but because of them a NOT GUILTY verdict came through and he was clear of everything. We are so thankful for the entire team at Denmon Pearlman for all the situations they have helped us through. They were efficient, kind, caring and available to answer our questions and concerns by phone, texts and emails quickly and always made us feel reassured, confident and happy because we knew they had our backs in every situation. I will definitely use them again if I’m ever in a situation of any type again. I have recommended them to many and I will continue to recommend them to anyone who is in need of help. 10 START RATING for sure!!
Roxanne Edens
Roxanne Edens
19:27 13 Nov 18
Lee Pearlman is fantastic! My brother had a difficult case and Mr. Pearlman stepped in and quite literally saved the day for my brother and our family. He is experienced, extremely kind, easy to get in contact with, and most importantly, gets the job done. Couldn’t be happier and if I’m ever in need of a lawyer again I’ll be going straight to him.
Lyndsey Dolan-King
Lyndsey Dolan-King
19:18 07 Sep 18
I have been opposing counsel against Lee on many occasions when I worked for the State Attorney's Office. He is by far one of the most talented attorneys I have ever met. His professionalism and passionate advocacy for his clients is only matched by his skill in the courtroom. Great lawyer!
Justin Reep
Justin Reep
17:57 26 Jun 18
Unfortunately I've had a couple of things to clear up in the last couple years. FORTUNATELY..I found Lee Pearlman. He's very professional, pays attention to detail and his ability to make you feel safe and calm is fantastic. He's smart and personable, I honestly think had we met under different circumstances, we would be good friends.
Scott Michael
Scott Michael
18:04 04 May 18
It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since my husband was cleared on two charges stemming back to 1986. Thank you so much Lee Pearlman for representing my husband. When we found out about the 28 year old warrant we drove down to Florida w/o an attorney and hit the yellow pages and Google. We believe the Lord led us to Lee Pearlman. He took our case and worked tirelessly until my husband was, not only released, but freed of both charges!! Because of Lee, my husband is now in contact with his mom, that he had not seen in 36 years. He was told she had passed away. Thank you Lee, there's not enough money in the world that could repay you for what you have given us. Freedom is a wonderful thing.
Jeannette Newman Fehr
Jeannette Newman Fehr
16:12 28 Apr 18
The amount of gratitude and thanks I want to express to Lee and his team is unfathomable. Lee’s communication and professionalism during this difficult time for me was exceptional. He always kept me informed during each step of the process. It is evident that Lee has a tremendous of respect within the court system, which led to my favorable result. Results; which at the end of the day is the most important thing when searching for a Law firm. I couldn’t recommend a better Lawyer than Lee Pearlman.
Lee- thank you so much for everything during this time!
Martin Smith
Martin Smith
00:28 03 Feb 18
Lee Pearlman, a phenomenal defense attorney! And now a family friend! Being unsure where to start in finding a lawyer to represent my husband, I reached out to a co-workers husband that is a lawyer, and for our particular case, he let me know that if he were in my husband's situation, he would want Lee for the job. I am happy to say that was the best advice he could have provided to me because it did not disappoint. From the beginning stages, pre-trials, motions, bond hearing to trial he offered great insight of how things could play out always keeping me informed. Lee moved with a purpose; he didn't delay, his time efficiency moving thru our case as quickly as possible and got the job done. His ability to use other resources when necessary was essential. Nicole Denmon paired with Lee in the trial were a fantastic team and went above and beyond to battle for us. Going thru an experience like that isn't one you would hope ever to go thru, but the entire staff is so friendly, professional and helpful. This office of people just made the experience the very best it could be!
Jodi Sue Holcomb
Jodi Sue Holcomb
19:38 24 Jan 18
Look no further, you have found the best law firm ever created. It will be the best decision you make adding them to your team. Unparalleled and unmatched they indeed set the standard & raised the bar and are shaping the future for attorneys. I was appointed Lee Pearlman in my case. I was looking at a capital offense, so my life was literally in his hands. My wife hired him, and we both can say he is the best attorney out there. But he is also an amazing person. With such a scary monster of a case I had and my life on the line, they gave me peace of mind throughout the whole situation. It wasn't a simple case with a few moving parts, but Lee showed versatility, depth and with a tremendous amount of resources to handle any problem or situation. He kept everything realistic for me and managed everything promptly, pushing relentlessly to resolve my case and get me home to my family. He went way above the call of duty; he was there for me, my wife, my son, and family every step of the way. Even though we didn't have all the money, you could tell it wasn't about the money but rather his compassion for fighting for truth and justice. He handled a capital offense in 10months; he definitely is a trial attorney. He will take it the distance for you with the best qualities an attorney could have. He is aggressive, professional, confident, focused, talented, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable. His skill and hard work are surpassed only by his modesty and compassion with attention to detail. He will get the job done. Lee added Nicole Denmon to assist on my case in trial, and I can say the same for her. Truly an amazing team, the best attorneys and phenomenal firm I can call family. Thank you for everything.
Honey Honeycomb
Honey Honeycomb
16:19 24 Jan 18
If you have a personal injury, Lee Pearlman is the attorney you need to see. He and his assistants, Ashley and Anisley are number one in my book. They were always available to answer questions and fought for me all the way. Thank you Denmon Pealman Law Firm!!
Marsha Fowler
Marsha Fowler
00:54 10 Jan 18
Mr Lee Pearlman is a outstanding attorney he has been a great help to me for many years now and always dose what he says. Ive recommended him to family and friends. He has always comes out on top he is a 5 star lawyer. Thank you
Chris Piedra
Chris Piedra
20:54 28 Nov 17
Mr. Lee Pearlman is THE GUY. He is charismatic, respectful, intelligent and the BEST at what he does. I would recommend no one else to my friends and family. From the beginning stages of fright and uncertainty, all the way to the trial and the verdict of Not Guilty, he was there to answer my questions, quell my uncertainties and deliver exactly what he promised. Mrs. Adriane Ovcharenko was equally as charismatic and fantastic during the trial. It is safe to assume everyone at Denmon Pearlman hold themselves to a standard above the rest and deliver exactly that.
Kevin James Mark
Kevin James Mark
17:28 16 Aug 17