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DUI in New Port Richey

After a DUI arrest, you might be told to waive your rights to a formal review hearing by stipulating to the administrative suspension. In exchange, you can receive an immediate hardship license if you go to the Bureau of Administrative Review in Clearwater, FL, with proof that you enrolled in DUI school.

The problem with the "waiver review hearing" is that it requires you to basically agree that the administrative suspension will remain on your driving record for the next 75 years, even if you ultimately avoid a DUI conviction in court.

At the Sammis Law Firm, our attorneys take a different approach. We always recommend demanding the formal review hearing to contest the administrative suspension. If your driver's license was valid at the time of the arrest, then you are automatically entitled to a 42-day temporary permit while the formal review hearing is pending. 

Read our DUI case results to learn more about how we get the administrative suspension invalidated.

Demanding the formal review hearing is the only way to get the suspension off of your driving record. At the formal review hearing, your attorney has the opportunity to question all of the witnesses under oath.

So even if you don't get it suspension invalidated, your attorney can gather valuable information that can be used to fight the criminal case during pre-trial motion hearings or at trial.

Attorneys for DUI in New Port Richey, FL

Contact the attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss the best way to fight your DUI charge. Whether you took the breath test, blood test, urine test, or refused to submit to a chemical test, we can help you fight the case.

We can answer your questions about the best DUI defense strategies for your case. Our offices are located in New Port Richey, directly across from the courthouse in Little Road. Contact our DUI Lawyers for Pasco County, FL for a free and confidential consultation.

Call (727) 807-6392 to discuss your case.

Judges in Pasco County for DUI Cases

The new judicial assignments for Pasco County are listed in Administrative Order No. 2018-049 PA-CTY effective January 8, 2019. The West Pasco Judicial Assignments for Criminal Court Sections in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • Judge Anne Wansboro in Section 15 presides over misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding.
  • Judge Joseph A. Poblick in Section 16 presides over misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding.
  • Judge Debra Roberts in Section 17 presides over misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding.

The West Pasco Judicial Assignments in the Criminal Court Sections in Circuit Court in New Port Richey include:

  • Judge Mary M. Handsel in Section 3 presides over 50% of criminal cases, including section 3 violations of probation and indirect criminal contempt affidavits filed in Section Q1 and prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.
  • Judge Kim Campbell in Section 4 presides over 50% of criminal cases, including section 4 violations of probation and indirect criminal contempt affidavits filed in Section Q2 and prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.
  • Judge Shawn Crane presides over adult drug court.
  • Judge Philippe Matthey presides over juvenile delinquency cases.

Agencies for DUI Enforcement in West Pasco County

The law enforcement agencies in Pasco County that conduct DUI investigations prosecuted at the courthouse in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • the Pasco County Sheriff's Office - West Pasco Patrol Division;
  • the New Port Richey Police Department;
  • the Port Richey Police Department; and
  • the Florida Highway Patrol.

We are familiar with the tactics used by these agencies and their standard operating procedures for DUI investigations.

New Port Richey's Intoxilyzer 8000 - Serial Number 80-001064

If you submitted to a breath test on a machine maintained by the New Port Richey Police Department, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss the case. 

The current agency inspector for the New Port Richey Police Department's alcohol testing program is Patrol Bureau Sergeant Jason S. Engel. 

Sergeant Engel left the following remarks when conducting the monthly inspections including:

  • AI 1/28/2018 - CHECKED TUBING (with five (5) subject tests)
  • AI 2/25/2018 - CHECKED O-RINGS (with three (3) subject tests)
  • AI 3/29/2018 - WIPED DOWN INSTRUMENT (with three (3) subject tests)
  • AI 4/18/2018 - CHECKED TUBING (with two (2) subject tests)
  • DI 4/26/2018 - Department Inspection conducted at FDLE
  • AI 5/06/2018 - WIPED DOWN INSTRUMENT (with four (4) subject tests)
  • AI 6/06/2018 - WIPED DOWN INS (with two (2) subject tests)
  • AI 7/09/2018 - CHECKED TUBING
  • AI 8/06/2018 - WIPED DOWN INS.

As these records show, for the first half of 2018, only 19 DUI breath tests were conducted using the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine in New Port Richey, FL. 

The most recent instrument processing sheet for 80-001064 shows that the annual inspection took place on April 26, 2018. 

The department inspection showed an R-Value of 186. The machine was found to comply with Chapter 11D-8, FAC before it was returned to the New Port Richey Police Department to be returned to evidentiary use.

A calibration certificate was issued for the Intoxilyzer 8000 with serial number 80-00164 on FDLE/ATP Form 69 which was signed by Danielle Miller Bell, FDLE Department Inspector.

Find more records for the Intoxilyzer 8000 DUI breath test machine used in New Port Richey, FL.

How Does the Intoxilyzer 8000 Work?

The Intoxilyzer 8000 instrument measures breath alcohol based on principles of infrared spectrometry by using infrared light (IR) absorption to detect the presence and concentration of ethyl alcohol (ethanol). 

The instrument has internal safeguards to distinguish the ethyl alcohol in deep lung air, which most closely represents blood alcohol, from mouth alcohol and other substances. 

During a breath test trial, the agency inspector and breath test operator will be asked to describe the relevant documents and procedures related to the breath test in the case. 

The prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office will ask the state’s witnesses about whether the instrument was properly registered, inspected, and certified in accordance with the applicable administrative requirements. 

The breath test operator will testify about whether the breath test was administered properly, including the 20 minute observation period, the control tests, diagnostic check, and volume requirements.

Your attorney can fight to have the breath test excluded from evidence. If it is admitted into evidence at trial, your attorney can show the jury all of the problems with the Intoxilyzer 8000 that impacts its accuracy and reliability.

How to Enroll in DUI School in New Port Richey, FL

Talk to an attorney about the requirements for enrolling in DUI school. If you live or work in Pasco County, FL, you can attend DUI school in Pasco County.

Pride Integrated Services, Inc., (often called "Pride") manages the DUI School that serves Pasco County. Pride is located at 7619 Little Road, Suite 350, in New Port Richey, FL 34654. The phone number is 727-847-3411. The office is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

When you go to the office to enroll in Pasco's Pride DUI school, bring your DUI citation, police report or arrest affidavit, any court order requiring attendance at DUI school, and a valid form of identification.

The cost to enroll in DUI School is $272 for Level I and $412.00 for Level II. The DUI school accepts the following forms of payment: VISA, MasterCard, check, or money order. If you enroll online, you will pay an additional $7.00 convenience fee for online enrollment.

Additional Resources

Enroll in Pride DUI School in New Port Richey - If you live or work in Pasco County, then you can attend DUI school with a company called Pride Integrated Services, Inc. The company has an office on the west side of the county near New Port Richey with classes in Zephyrhills and Dade City. Visit their website to find Pride DUI School reviews or register for DUI school online and find out more about the DUI treatment requirements after evaluation. Find out more about what to expect in Level I or Level II DUI school in Pasco County, FL.

Misdemeanor Probation Office in New Port Richey - Find information on the offices for the probation office in New Port Richey, FL. If the court sentences you to probation, you will report to this office to meet with the probation officer assigned to your case. The New Port Richey probation office supervises approximately 1,770 defendants per month. The Misdemeanor Probation Program in Pasco County is completely self-supportive and charges $55 per month for the cost of supervision fee.

DUI Victim Impact Panel in Pasco and New Port Richey - In many DUI cases, your attorney will recommend that you attend at least one victim impact panel. The purpose of the Victim Impact Panel (VIP) program is to educate those accused of drunk and drugged driving on the consequences of DUI. The stories told at the VIP explain the tragedy, create empathy, and leave a permanent impression that leads to changes in behavior to prevent future offenses. 

MADD Victim Impact Panel for Pasco - For DUI cases in Pasco County, FL, the victim impact panel meets once each month on a Wednesday in the New Port Richey Courthouse located at 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654, in Courtroom 1A. To attend the panel, you must report to Courtroom 1A by 6:30 pm. Sessions begin at 7:00 pm. The upcoming dates for the VIP in 2018 are on Wednesday, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12. You must bring a picture ID and a $50 money order to the session.

This article was last updated on Friday, September 13, 2019.