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DUI Arrests by Tampa Police Department

The Tampa Police Department makes more than 1,700 arrests for DUI each year which is accounts for nearly one-half of the DUI arrests in Hillsborough County, FL. In fact, TPD has an entire unit of officers dedicated to DUI enforcement.

If you have been arrested for drunk or impaired driving by the Tampa Police Department, then contact the criminal and DUI defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. Find out what you need to do within 10 days of the arrest to protect your driving privileges and preserve all avenues of fighting the case.

Our attorneys understand the tactics used by the DUI enforcement officers with the Tampa Police Department. We know their standard operating procedures and how to effectively and aggressively fight cases involving an officer on the TPD DUI enforcement unit.

Attorneys for Tampa Police DUI Cases

After an arrest by a DUI enforcement officer, call us to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation. We can explain what you need to do within the 10 days after the arrest to protect your driver's license.

Find out why our DUI defense attorneys always recommend demanding a Formal Review Hearing with the DHSMV Bureau of Administrative Reviews on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, FL.

Although lots of attorneys advertise for DUI cases in Tampa, FL, not all of them are devoted to DUI defense. By focusing on DUI defense, the attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm can help our clients fight for the best result during every stage of the case.

Call us before you decide whether to waive all your rights so that you can get an immediate reinstatement of hardship driving privileges or whether you should let your attorney contest the administrative suspension so that you have the best chance of getting it removed from your driving record.

Call 813-250-0500 today to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm.


TPD's DUI Enforcement Units

Tampa Police Department's DUI enforcement unit includes a Sergeant, two (2) Corporals, and twelve (12) uniformed officers. TPD's DUI officers primarily work in the evenings and early morning hours patrolling the streets throughout the City of Tampa by responding to calls by other patrol officers who suspect a drive of impaired driving.

All of the officers on the DUI enforcement unit are required to video the entire DUI investigation. When the officer on the TPD DUI unit makes the initial stop that video should show the following:

  • the driving pattern;
  • the traffic stop;
  • the initial questioning of the suspect;
  • the manner in which the suspect exits the vehicle;
  • the driver's performance on roadside agility tests (often called field sobriety exercises);
  • the arrest for DUI;
  • the reading of the driver's implied consent warning if the driver indicates he will refuse to take the breath test; and
  • the transport to the Central Breath Testing facility at Orient Road Jail.

In many of these cases, the arresting officer will later claim that the video equipment malfunctioned in some manner. If the failure to preserve the video was willful or if the officer intentionally destroyed the video, then the trial court can impose various sanctions.

Those sanctions can include the dismissal of the charges or less serious sanctions such as preventing the officer from testifying about the subject's statements or performance on field sobriety exercises.


DUI Checkpoints by the Tampa Police Department

In order to receive state and federal grant money, the Tampa Police Department participates in several DUI and sobriety checkpoints in Tampa throughout the year. One of the most recent safety checkpoints ran from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018, to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Other recent DUI checkpoints were conducted on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 4 to Saturday, May 5, 2018 near the 5200 block of North Armenia Avenue;
  • Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 7, 2018 near East Sligh Avenue and North Branch Avenue;
  • Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 3, 2018, near the intersection of North Nebraska Avenue and East 32nd Avenue; and
  • Friday, February 9 to Saturday, February 10, 2018, near the intersection of East Sligh Avenue and North Branch Street.

According to TPD spokesperson, Janelle McGregor, this DUI checkpoint was part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant.


Information from the Tampa Police Department

If you are looking for more information about the Tampa Police Department (also known as TPD), then visit the main website for the Tampa Police Department. TPD has also recently created several social media profiles including the following:

The Tampa Police Department Impound Lot is located at 134 34th Street, Tampa, FL 33605. The Tampa Police Department provides information about towing, repossession and impound inquiries when you call their number at (813) 242-5328.


Important TPD Phone Numbers and Addresses

Tampa Police Department Headquarters
One Police Center
411 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 276-3200
Fax: (813) 276-3298
Police Chief Eric Ward

Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 1

3818 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Main Phone Number: (813) 354-6600
Covering South Tampa, Davis Island, West Shore and West Tampa

Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 2

9330 N. 30th Street
Tampa, FL 33612
Main Phone Number: (813) 931-6500
Covering Tampa Palms and North Tampa

Tampa Police Department - Patrol District 3

3808 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33610
Main Phone Number; (813) 242-3800
Covering Downtown Tampa, Port of Tampa, East Tampa, and Ybor City

Additional Resources

Wikipedia Page for Tampa Police Department - Read more about TPD including information on statistics related to jobs, salary, and employment. Find out about the department's annual budget and priorities.

Florida Fallen Tampa Police Department Officers - The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes with a page devoted specifically to Fallen Officers from the Tampa Police Department.


Finding an Attorney after an Arrest by Tampa Police Department

If you were arrested by an officer with the Tampa Police Department for DUI or any criminal traffic offense then contact an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm, P.A.. Our offices have been at the same location in downtown Tampa since 200. We are familiar with the tactics used by TPD officers and their standard operating procedures.

Whether your case involves a breath test on the Intoxilyzer 8000, a blood test, a urine test, or a refusal to submit to testing, call us to discuss the facts of the case and the best defenses. We represent men and women charged with a first-time offense or a second or subsequent arrest. Whether it was a routine stop or a traffic crash, we can help.

Let us put our experience to work for you. Call 813-250-0500.


This article was last updated on Monday, July 18, 2018.