Downtown Tampa




Traffic Offenses



LHJ LAW handles the following types of charges in this category, including but not limited to:

* Aggravated/Fleeing to Elude

* D.U.I./D.W.I.

* Leaving the Scene of an Accident (with injury, damage)

* Driving While License Suspended/Cancelled/Revoked (D.W.L.S.) (including as a H.T.O. Habitual Traffic Offender)

* No Valid Driver's License (N.V.D.L.)

* Reckless Driving

* ...and others.


The charges, and consequently the possible sentences, under this category vary greatly.  It can only take a slight miscalculation of judgment to be charged with a serious criminal traffic offense.  For example, the decision to drive after a few drinks, coupled with the decision to go through a changing traffic light, could result in a person being charged with D.U.I. Manslaughter if anyone is killed, regardless of which vehicle the decedent occupied.  A defense attorney should consider, among other things, questions such as - did law enforcement legally obtain the blood results and what was the blood alcohol level at the time of the accident?


Multiple acts of driving with a suspended driver's license (D.W.L.S.) have caused many individuals to have their driving privileges suspended for five years because the Department of Motor Vehicles (D.M.V.) has discovered that the individual has three or more qualifying entries on the driving record within a five-year period.  Paying a civil citation for D.W.L.S. will count as a qualifying entry because payment results in a civil conviction.  An adjudication, or even a withhold of adjudication, on a criminal D.W.L.S. will count as a qualifying entry.  Only a withhold on a civil D.W.L.S. will not be considered a qualifying entry.


Since the facts of a particular case impact the type and severity of the charge(s) as well as the sentencing options, specific legal and strategic concepts that impact a particular case should only be obtained through consultation with an attorney.