DUI Attorney in Tampa, FL
I represent clients charged with DUI and other serious driving offenses throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. For the past 14 years, my career has been focused exclusively on fighting to protect the rights of individuals charged with crimes.
For the past five years, our offices have been located in downtown Tampa, FL, just blocks from the courthouse.
I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), the largest and most trusted legal organization for DUI attorneys. I am also proud to be a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), its Florida affiliate (FACDL) and the NORML National Legal Committee that fights for the reform of marijuana laws throughout the country.
Background and Education
I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors in 1999. I have completed internships with the State Attorney's Office working with prosecutors in state court, the U.S. Attorney's Office working with prosecutors at the federal level, and with a U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
After law school, my passion for trial advocacy lead me to the public defender's office in Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit. At the public defender's office I was quickly promoted from the misdemeanor division to juvenile court and then to a felony divirsion of Circuit Court where I gained valuable trial experience.
I entered private practice in 2002 when I went to work at Head, Thomas, Webb and Willis, the largest DUI defense firm in Atlanta, GA. After moving back to Tampa, I opened my own practice in 2008 with my husband, Jason Sammis. Our firm, the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., is focused exclusively on criminal defense.
We take a scholarly approach to criminal defense by filing and litigating all viable motions to suppress and motions to dismiss the criminal charges. When the prosecutor is not willing to resolve the case for the best possible result for our client, then we are experienced in taking difficult cases to trial.
I focus on serious driving offenses, including drunk driving or DUI cases from a first time DUI refusal case to felony DUI with serious bodily injury. Serious driving offenses can also include felony or misdemeanor driving while license suspended or revoked, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding and leaving the scene of an accident.
I also represent clients who have been deemed by the State of Florida to be Habitual Traffic Offender who receive a five (5) year habitual traffic offender revocation. By filing and litigating post-conviction motions to vacate or set aside the underlying convictions, I have been able to help many client each month lift the five year revocation.
If you are interested in speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, Hillborough County, Florida, call the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., at 813-250-0500 to speak with me directly about your case.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2002||01/14/2016|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1999||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Selected for Inclusion in Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Selected for Inclusion in Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Graduated with Honors||University of Florida||1999|
|Book Award for Advanced Evidence||University of Florida College of Law||1997|
|Honorable Mention Case Comment||University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy||1997|
|Second Place National ATLA Trial Team Competition||National Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)||1996|
|Book Award for Contracts I||Stetson University College of Law||1996|
|Book Award for Torts I||Stetson University College of Law||1996|
|Shareholder||Sammis Law Firm, P.A.||2008 - Present|
|Associate||Escobar, Ramirez & Associates||2006 - 2008|
|Associate||Head Thomas Webb and Willis LLC||2001 - 2006|
|Assistant Public Defender||Public Defender's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||General Member||2013 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Lifetime Member||2013 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|NORML Legal Committee||Member||2008 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Life Member||2006 - Present|
|Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board||Vice-Chair||1997 - 1998|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate, with Honors||1999|
|University of Oklahoma||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|ABA 2014 Annual National Specialization Roundtable||Marketing the Certification Credential – Reports from the American College of Board Certified Attorneys and Lawyer Legion||2014|
|Round Table Discussion: "Law and Order" Legal Society||"Law and Order" - Legalization of Marijuana in Florida||2009|
|Defense of Drinking Drivers ICLE||DUI Case Law Update||2003|