Tampa DUI Lawyer Case Results

Let’s not pull any punches. If you’re hiring a Tampa DUI lawyer, you deserve to know what the real win/loss record is for your attorney, especially compared to all of the other attorneys handling DUI cases.*

Here are the numbers for all of the Tampa courtrooms (broken down by division number), and then underneath, I’ve included my case rexults. Since most of the clients I help have never been arrested for DUI before, I’ve included demails on my different outcomes for first time DUI cases in that judge’s courtroom, depending on whether you took a breath test, whether you had a breath level over .150, or if you refused to take the breath test.

Always keep in mind, these results aren’t any type of a guarantee. Every case is different, so it doesn’t matter if I’ve won the last 100 cases in a row, it doesn’t guarantee that I will win the next one. After you compare my results to others, I’d be happy to discuss the potential issues in your case. Once I have a better idea of what potential defenses may exist in your DUI case, we’ll be able to intelligently discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

Win/Loss results for all Tampa DUI lawyers (Hillsborough County)

· 54% of all drivers were convicted of DUI
· 34% of all drivers had their cases reduced to Reckless Driving
· 12% of all DUI cases were dismissed

The majority of people who were arrested for DUI hired a private attorney. Here’s the breakdown:
· 68% hired a private attorney
· 14% asked for the Public Defender
· 18% decided to handle it on their own

Does hiring a private DUI attorney make a difference?

Yes, it does. According to the statistics obtained from MyCourtCase and the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court website, people who hired a private DUI Lawyer had statistically significantly better outcomes than those who didn’t.

Here’s the breakdown, according to the 2016 data:

· Best results – Private DUI attorneys: 51% of people who hired a private DUI attorney avoided a DUI conviction
· 2nd best DUI results – Public Defenders: 40% of people who had the Public Defender avoided a DUI conviction
· Worst results – representing yourself: Only 27% of the people who handled their own case avoided a DUI conviction

How am I doing?
Overall, 86.25% of the people I helped were found able to avoid pleading guilty to the original DUI charge. Everyone else got their charges reduced or dropped. Keep in mind that not everyone completely avoided a DUI… Some of those cases involved wins like helping a driver with a BAC more than 4x the legal limit (.379 !!!) get reduced to a DUI with a breath level below .15, or helping people with 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and even 6th!) time DUI offenses get resolved to the bare-bones sanctions for a first-time DUI.

My absolute best results were with cases where drivers refused to take the breath test – out of hundreds of cases, 70.75% Of the people I helped were able to avoid a DUI conviction.

But the good news is, those numbers are even better for first-time DUI cases:

Elliott’s Overall Results for First-Time DUI Cases

· BEST RESULTS – Breath test refusal cases: 80.60% avoided a DUI conviction
· SECOND BEST RESULTS – Breath tests below .150:74.425% avoided a DUI
· Toughest cases – Breath tests over .150: The good news is that only 5.75% of these cases ended up pleading to DUI’s with a breath level over .15, but it’s much more difficult to get them dropped to Reckless Driving or get them dismissed… only 14.94% ended up avoiding a DUI.

(Oh, just as an aside, in case you’re curious how long a DUI cases takes to resolve, the average length of my cases was 191 days, or a little bit more than 6 month).

DUI Conviction Rates by Courtroom Division

Here’s the breakdown on conviction rates by division. Keep in mind that there has been some turnover, so the judges in several of these courtrooms have changed and the results may not be the same in the future.

Division A

What percentage of people ended up with a DUI conviction?
· Private attorney: 50% were guilty of DUI
· Public Defender: 55% were guilty of DUI
· No attorney: 83% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Pled as charged: 25%
DUI dismissed: 5.77%
Reckless Driving: 38.46%
Charges reduced: 30.77%
AVOIDED A DUI: 44.23%

Average length in days: 160 days

Division B

· Private attorney: 46% were guilty of DUI
· Public Defender: 46% were guilty of DUI
· No attorney: 48% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Pled as charged: 19.57%
DUI dismissed: 2.17%
Reckless Driving: 43.47%
Charges reduced: 34.78%
AVOIDED A DUI: 45.65%

Average length in days: 188 days

Division C

· Private attorney: 54% were guilty of DUI
· Public Defender: 74% were guilty of DUI
· No attorney: 73% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Pled as charged: 14.29%
DUI dismissed: 4.08%
Reckless Driving: 38.78%
Charges reduced: 40.82%
AVOIDED A DUI: 42.86%
(For first offenses, that drops to 38.89%)
(For first offenses and refusals, that rises to 77.78%)
(For first offenses BELOW .15, that rises to 60.00%)

Average length in days: 178 days

Division D

Private attorney: 48% were guilty of DUI
Public Defender: 60% were guilty of DUI
No attorney: 72% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Pled as charged: 2.17%
DUI dismissed: 6.52%
Reckless Driving: 56.52%
Charges reduced: 34.78%
AVOIDED A DUI: 63.04% (This is one of the courtrooms where I got my best results)

Average length in days: 183 days

Division E

· Private attorney: 49% were guilty of DUI
· Public Defender: 65% were guilty of DUI
· No attorney: 63% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Pled as charged: 10.64%
DUI dismissed: 10.64%
Reckless Driving: 46.81%
Charges reduced: 29.79%
AVOIDED A DUI: 57.45% (another courtroom with results WAY better than the average)

Average length in days: 227 days

Division G

Private attorney: 46% were guilty of DUI
Public Defender: 63% were guilty of DUI
No attorney: 60% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Only 15.00% pled guilty as charged
DUI dismissed: 7.50%
Reckless Driving: 42.50%
Charges reduced: 35%
AVOIDED A DUI: 50%

Average length in days: 190 days

Division P

Elliott: 31.03% were guilty of DUI
Private attorney: 55% were guilty of DUI
Public Defender: 45% were guilty of DUI
No attorney: 67% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Only 6.90% of all my clients had to plead guilty as charged
DUI dismissed: 13.79%
Reckless Driving: 55.17%
Charges reduced: 24.14%
AVOIDED A DUI: 68.97% (WAY above the average)

Average length in days: 179 days

Division X

Private attorney: 55% were guilty of DUI
Public Defender: 60% were guilty of DUI
No attorney: 76% were guilty of DUI

Elliott’s results
Less than 8.33% of my clients pled to the DUI as originally charged
DUI dismissed: 8.33%
Reckless Driving: 50.00%
Charges reduced: 33.33%
AVOIDED A DUI: 58.33%

Average length in days: 128 days

(*all court data was obtained from MyCourtCase.org)