Tampa DUI Lawyer Case Results (2013)

Tampa DUI Lawyer Elliott Wilcox's Case Results for 2013

Tampa DUI Lawyer Elliott Wilcox’s Case Results for 2013

The following is an update of all of my Tampa DUI case results for 2013. Unlike other firms who only list the cases they’ve won, I didn’t want to hide anything, so I’ve pulled back the curtain and revealed every case I’ve handled in Tampa since I launched this website.

One thing you’ll notice is that there aren’t a ton of cases listed. There’s a reason for this. I don’t run a “volume practice,” where I churn and burn cases as quickly as possible. Instead, I limit the number of people I help to a very small, manageable number. By only handling a limited number of DUI cases at any given time, it means that I’ll always know who you are when you call, and I’ll always know what’s happening with your case. You won’t be treated like a case number or a court file – you’ll be given the respect you deserve.

Obviously, I didn’t want to embarrass any past clients (just like you wouldn’t want to be embarrassed), so I have removed any identifying information from the results, including names and case numbers. Each case just contains a quick summary of the facts and the result. If you want to verify any results with the Hillsborough County Clerk’s Office, please call me and I’ll be happy to confidentially provide you with case numbers and citation numbers.

  • 6/20/13 Pled to DUI (but REALLY bad facts – “pinball driving,” hitting the sides of the on ramp, hit another car, and almost ran over a police trooper)
  • 6/25/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 6/25/13 Reduced from “enhanced DUI” to regular DUI
  • 7/8/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 7/10/13 Reduced to regular DUI, despite accident and high breath test
  • 7/19/13 Case nolle prossed (case completely dropped)
  • 7/31/13 Pled to DUI (motions to suppress weren’t successful)
  • 7/31/13 Reduced from “enhanced DUI” to regular DUI
  • 8/5/13 DUI dropped, pled to Reckless Driving and Paraphernalia, Marijuana dismissed
  • 8/5/13 Case completely dismissed after motions to suppress
  • 8/12/13 Case nolle prossed (case completely dropped)
  • 9/3/13 Pled to DUI
  • 9/3/13 Reduced from enhanced DUI to regular DUI, most importantly, avoided a lengthy jail sentence (state’s offer was JAIL because of the new driving while license suspended charge)
  • 9/4/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 9/11/13 Reduced from enhanced DUI, even though driver drove through a DUI roadblock and deputies needed to jum out of the way
  • 9/25/13 Reduced from “enhanced DUI” to DUI below .15, w/h on marijuana
  • 10/1/13 Case nolle prossed (case completely dropped)
  • 10/16/13 Reduced from enhanced DUI, even though this was a BAD accident – weaving in and out of traffic, flipped other car!
  • 10/21/13 Pled to DUI
  • 10/30/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 11/6/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 11/12/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 11/12/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 11/13/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 11/19/13 Reduced from enhanced DUI
  • 11/19/13 Reduced from enhanced DUI
  • 12/2/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving, marijuana charge nolle prossed
  • 12/11/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving
  • 12/12/13 Pled to DUI (motions denied)
  • 12/17/13 DUI dropped, pled to reckless driving (saved his pilot’s license)
  • 12/18/13 Pled to DUI below .15 (despite .379 BAC!)

June 2013 - Client avoids DUI, jail, and 5 year license suspension

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was stopped for driving on a suspended license. The reason for the suspension was because of his previous DUI conviction, just 1 year before. The Hillsborough County Sheriff DUI investigator believed that the client was impaired by alcohol, and asked him to perform field sobriety exercises. The officer detected…

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June 2013 - DUI Violation of Probation Dismissed

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client (who unfortunately didn’t hire me for her original DUI case) had been convicted of the Tampa DUI and was now charged with violating her probation. The reason for the violation of probation was because they said she was driving on a suspended license. Normally, if you drive on…

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June 2013 - No DUI conviction when knee injuries prevented client from performing field sobriety exercises

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was found inside a private gated community (where he didn’t live), parked halfway off the road. He performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises, but told the DUI investigator that he had significant damage to his knees due to work-related problems. After arrest, client became very hostile, and…

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May 2013 - Client gets license back and avoids DUI despite falling asleep in car

DUI defense: I raised the same issues at both the DHSMV formal review hearing and the criminal hearing motion to suppress, arguing that the deputies didn’t properly arrest him because he didn’t violate every element of Florida’s “move over law.” Results: The DHSMV hearing officer agreed and invalidated the client’s license suspension. Although the judge didn’t…

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April 2013 - No enhancement despite .194 BAC

DUI defense: Client appeared very intoxicated, and the breath alcohol levels on the Intoxilyzer 8000 were .190 and .194. Client’s case was assigned to one of the toughest judges in Hillsborough county, so he was facing a significant jail sentence if he went to trial and was found guilty of DUI. Results: Client’s realistic goal was to…

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May 2013 - No ignition interlock for .190 BAC enhanced DUI

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client pulls out in front of police officer and speeds off, drifting inside his lane and making a “wide” turn. When stopped, he agrees to perform field sobriety exercises for the Tampa Police Department DUI officer, showing all 6 clues on the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test, and demonstrated…

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April 2013 - DUI reduced for .190/.199 BAC results on 3rd DUI arrest

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was stopped for weaving back and forth on I-75. He had problems with the HGN exercise and refused to do any other field sobriety exercises, but agreed to take the breath test, with results of .190 and .199. This was his third DUI arrest, which made things more difficult…

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April 2013 - Client avoids DUI for Xanax-related DUI

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was stopped for driving with a broken headlight. The police officer found a bag of synthetic marijuana and began a DUI investigation. Client performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises, and was arrested for DUI. Since he didn’t smell any alcohol, the sheriff’s deputy asked client to submit…

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March 2013 - Tampa Driver Avoids 3rd DUI Conviction

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client went out for brunch with friends and was stopped for weaving and speeding. This was her third DUI arrest and she had previously refused to take a breath test, so when she refused to take a breath test this time, she was also charged with an additional 1°…

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March 2013 - No DUI for driver with .133 / .127 BAC results

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was visiting from Orlando and went out in the Howard bar area. He was driving back to Orlando when he struck a curb and was stopped by Tampa PD. He agreed to take a breath test, with Intoxilyzer 8000 results of .133 and .127. DUI defense: I prepared motions…

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March 2013 - No enhanced DUI for driver passed out behind the wheel

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was drinking Long Island Iced Teas at an Ybor bar. She walked outside to her car, didn’t feel well, and vomited inside her car before falling asleep in the driver’s seat. Unfortunately, she was seen moving the car and crashing into a parking barrier before she fell asleep…

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February 2013 - No enhanced DUI for crash case at nearly 2x the legal limit

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was driving through the intersection when he hit another car, wrecking both cars.  Fortunately, there weren’t any serious injuries. Client took the breath test with results nearly twice the legal limit. DUI defense: I argued motions to suppress the request for field sobriety exercises and issues with the detention, but…

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January 2013 - No DUI or license suspension for .244/.244 BAC

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was driving on his way to work. A tipster told police that the client was a drunk driver, and the police responded to investigate. Client was highly intoxicated, and police found nearly a dozen open containers in his truck. When he took the breath test, he was nearly…

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January 2013 - Case dropped in Ambien related "sleep driving" DUI crash

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was trying to be responsible. He hired a taxi to serve as his designated driver, and went out for an evening of drinking and socializing. He admits that he got drunk, but when he got home, he didn’t intend to drive. Instead, he took an Ambien sleep aid,…

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January 2013 - Single mom avoids Tampa DUI conviction

Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was a single mom who finally got a night to relax, and she went out with her friends for a few drinks and dancing. Unfortunately, she was stopped for driving with an expired tag (hint: always keep your registration information up-to-date… otherwise, you give the police a “freebie”…

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January 2013 - College student avoids DUI and marijuana convictions

  Quick summary of the Tampa DUI case: Client was stopped for driving “recklessly” through the Howard bar area. She stopped past the crosswalk at Howard and Kennedy, then accelerated “at a high rate of speed” towards I-275. When she was stopped by a member of the Tampa Police Department DUI Unit, she was asked to…

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