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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.


DUI Attorney for Tampa and Plant City, Hillsborough County, FL


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.


Contact Us


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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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • E.J. Hubbs

    Leslie is one of the most aggressive DUI lawyers in the business. She fights hard for her clients and the results show. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Sammis Law Firm, P.A.

1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL, 33602


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200208/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing199906/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected for Inclusion in Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
Selected for Inclusion in Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
Graduated with HonorsUniversity of Florida1999
Book Award for Advanced EvidenceUniversity of Florida College of Law1997
Honorable Mention Case CommentUniversity of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy1997
Second Place National ATLA Trial Team CompetitionNational Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)1996
Book Award for Contracts IStetson University College of Law1996
Book Award for Torts IStetson University College of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSammis Law Firm, P.A.2008 - Present
AssociateEscobar, Ramirez & Associates2006 - 2008
AssociateHead Thomas Webb and Willis LLC2001 - 2006
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2013 - Present
Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2013 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2009 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeMember2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member2006 - Present
Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court BoardVice-Chair1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJuris Doctorate, with Honors1999
University of OklahomaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA 2014 Annual National Specialization RoundtableMarketing the Certification Credential – Reports from the American College of Board Certified Attorneys and Lawyer Legion2014
Round Table Discussion: "Law and Order" Legal Society"Law and Order" - Legalization of Marijuana in Florida2009
Defense of Drinking Drivers ICLEDUI Case Law Update2003