A recent DUI Wolf Pack in Pinellas County saw over 38 DUI arrests and 37 DUI citations, as a result of an operation to clamp down on drunk driving.
Starting on December 17, the DUI Wolf Pack in Pinellas County was active between 7:00 pm Saturday and 5:00 am Sunday. Law enforcement reported that they issued over 200 citations and a further 69 criminal charges.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dedicated the operation to Deputy Michael Magli, who in February 2021 was killed by a drunk driver (recorded at over three times the legal limit and was sentenced to 35 years in prison).
- More than 1/2 of the criminal citations were for DUI offenses.
- 75 speeding tickets, 39 non-moving and 39 moving violations were also issued.
Recent Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack Results:
|Reason for Charge||Number|
|DUI (Driving Under the Influence)||38|
|Felony Drug Arrest||6|
|Misdemeanor Drug Arrest||4|
|DWLSR Arrest (Driving While Suspended License)||4|
|Other Misdemeanor Arrests||6|
|Other Felony Arrest||5|
|False Name to Law Enforcement Officer||1|
|Reason for Citation||Total|
|DWSLR (Driving While on a Suspended License)||17|
What are DUI Wolf Packs?
DUI Wolf Pack Operations are used several times each year by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to reduce the number of accidents caused by drunk or impaired driving.
Utilizing a large number of law enforcement officers, they typically target holiday weekends where there is a larger number of people likely to be driving while over the 0.08% BAC limit.
The previous DUI Wolf Pack in Pinellas County occurred during Memorial Weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2022. It resulted in 28 DUI charges, 36 criminal charges and 156 total citations.
What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for a DUI in Pinellas County?
If you were arrested for a DUI in Pinellas County, you should act quickly to defend yourself as you can face penalties including a loss of license and potentially jail time.
To contest the administrative suspension of your driver’s license you will need to demand a formal review hearing at the DHSMV. But you only have ten days after the arrest to do this.
Please contact our Pinellas County Criminal Defense lawyers today for a swift and aggressive defense, or guidance on participating in The Pinellas County DUI Diversion Program for first-time DUI offenders so they can reduce their charge to Reckless Driving.
Florida DUI Statistics
- Annual Alcohol-Impaired Driving Deaths: 814 (26%)
- Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Deaths: 68 (21.6%)
- Annual DUI Arrest: 32,127
- Under 18 DUI Arrests: 69
DUI Defense Attorney in Pinellas County, FL
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI offense in Pinellas County, please contact our DUI defense lawyers. We can work to quickly appeal your license suspension, get your hardship license and fight to get your charges reduced or dropped.
Our Pinellas County criminal defense attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., are part of one of Tampa Bay’s most prestigious law firms. We have the reputation and connections to make things happen.
Contact us today for a free consultation to get started or CALL (727) 381-2300