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Hire A Competent St. Petersburg Florida DUI Lawyer In Pinellas County

With six former prosecutors in our St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Area office, we are THE St. Petersburg Florida DUI Law firm to defend any DUI charge.

Nobody plans to have to defend against a DUI charge.

But here you are.

And now the State Attorney is trying to convict you of a serious crime. You’re subject to driver license suspension. And it does not take a rocket scientist to know that this can devastate your employment prospects in the future.

We know what you’re going through. And with 6 former Pinellas County/ Sixth Judicial Circuit prosecuting attorneys on our team, we know exactly what it takes to defend you. While we utilize an approach to designing DUI defenses, we assign a specific attorney to spearhead your case and fight your charge.

To learn more, feel free to review our information below:

Learn DUI Defenses We Use in Saint Petersburg DUI Cases

A DUI Attorney’s Role In Defending You

The Different Types of DUI Charges According to Florida Criminal Law

What You Must Know About Breath Test Refusals

DUI Urine Testing And How It Impacts Your Criminal Case

What Are The Penalties For A DUI In Pinellas County?

Pinellas County has some of the most severe penalties for DUI’s in the State of Florida.

Pinellas County is aggressive with DUI enforcement. It even calls its DUI squad, “the Wolfpack”.

The police and the State Attorney Bernie McCabe work hand in hand. So it’s not surprising that Pinellas County is aggressive prosecuting DUI’s and more difficult than the average county for a Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer to get a DUI reduced.

Furthermore, Pinellas County refuses to allow even first time DUI offenders to enter into drug court.

A first time DUI conviction carries up to 12 months probation and a minimum fine of $1000.00. Jail is a possibility, but unlikely if the DUI did not result in property damage or injury to another. Expect your license to be suspended by the County Court Judge for a minimum of 6 months.

Also, expect substance abuse evaluations and treatment. And expect to take DUI school with the Suncoast Safety Council in St. Petersburg.

A 2nd DUI that occurs within 5 years of a previous conviction does carry a minimum of ten days in the county jail., higher fines, a longer driver’s license suspension, and an ignition interlock.

A 3rd DUI that occurs within ten years of a previous DUI is a felony. There is minimum mandatory jail time of 30 days in jail.

How Hiring A St. Petersburg DUI Defense Attorney Makes The Difference

So how does a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer help? How can a lawyer help avoid harsh penalties?

Simple. These penalties will only apply if there is a conviction for a DUI.

So for a first time DUI offender, avoiding the DUI conviction means avoiding some or all of the penalties.

That makes the end goal a dismissal of the charge or a reduction of the charge to something else like reckless driving.

A good lawyer can do this in a number of ways. First, by removing some of the evidence from consideration by the State Attorney or Judge. If the attorney can suppress some or all of the evidence, then the State Attorney may not be able to proceed on a DUI and have to reduce the charge or dismiss it. This is done via Motions in Court, including motions to suppress and motions to dismiss.

Second, by good negotiation. A good DUI lawyer can often show the State Attorney what is special about you and why you deserve to have your charge reduced. This is especially true with first-time offenders without aggravating circumstances associated with the arrest.

Third, by trial. Sometimes the best way to handle a DUI charge is to present the case to a Jury of your peers. All DUI jury trials in Pinella County are held at the criminal justice center on 49th Street. If you are exonerated by a Jury then the charges are the same as dismissed.

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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
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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