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In Florida, it is illegal to drive a vehicle while your normal faculties are impaired. Typically law enforcement officers will try to determine impairment by using one or more of three distinct methods.

The first and most obvious method is the driving pattern. Factors such as speed, lane control, weaving, and tracking, are all components of an officer finding an over-all “Driving Pattern” that may indicate that the driver is impaired.

A Bartow Criminal Lawyer can explain the important factors that impact your case

The second method used by officers is the “Field sobriety task” or more often, tasks. This is the physical testing conducted by an officer on the scene. A poor performance on the field sobriety tasks may also indicate to an officer that a driver is impaired.

The third method for determining impairment is the Intoxilyzer Instrument. Florida Law allows for a jury to presume a person was impaired if they have a .08 BAL as measured by this device.


In Florida the DHSMV will also take interest in your DUI charge.

Upon arrest your driving privilege will be suspended for some period of time, unless you win an evidentiary hearing before a DHSMV hearing officer.

You have ten (10) days from the date of your ticket to request an evidentiary hearing with the DHSMV on the issue of license suspension.

David R. Carmichael, an experienced DUI attorney will use his knowledge of the law to try to help you avoid a suspension, or minimize the time your driving privilege will be suspended.


Lakeland Crimnal Attorney David R. Carmichael will fight your case at trial. Or fight to minimize the effects of a DUI conviction: jail or prison time, license suspension, ignition interlock devise, fines, and probation. People accused of Driving Under the Influence need an attorney who understands the Florida DUI laws and the many complex legal issues that surround a DUI investigation. Every DUI and criminal case is unique. It is important to have a knowledgeable and experienced DUI defense lawyer represent you in your case.


  • Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop?
  • Did the officer have sufficient probable cause for a DUI arrest?
  • Where any of your constitutional rights violated (e.g. Miranda rights)?
  • Did the “certified” Field Sobriety Test (FST) officer correctly administer the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN Test) and other FST.
  • Were the results from the breathalyzer machine reliable?
  • Did the phlebotomist property draw blood and were the results accurate and reliable?
  • Should you fight your license suspension with Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)?
  • Including any other issues that are imperative to an aggressive DUI defense.

Have you been charged with a DUI or other offense in Polk County, Florida ? Because the courthouse is located in Bartow, you will be having your hearings at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow. Doesn’t it make sense that Board Certified Criminal Trial Experts, who spend most of their time in court, are also located near the Historic Bartow courthouse?

A Polk County Criminal Attorney can be crucial to your case

That is why you need an attorney from Bartow. Whether you have been charged with a DUI, an Internet Offense, or need help with an appeal or Post Conviction matter you will be going to court in Bartow, the county seat of Polk County Florida.

Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, David Carmichael has intentionally located his offices one block from the Polk County Courthouse, in Bartow, Florida. Bartow is centrally located, easy to get to from Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland and Orlando, set up a free consultation on your DUI, Internet Offense or other felony charge with Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert David Carmichael, today.

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I encourage you to meet with at least three different attorney's before making a decision about whom to retain for your case. Contact the The Florida Bar at www.floridabar.org and receive a list of attorneys in your area.

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