Starting on July 1, 2016 and continuing through July 2, 2016 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting enhanced traffic enforcement specifically focused on identifying and arresting impaired drivers suspected of DUI. (See the announcement here Pinellas Deputies And Local Police Agencies To Conduct County-Wide DUI Wolf Pack Over July 4th Weekend )

Pinellas County DUI Operations

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has conducted similar operations to crack down on impaired drivers for many years choosing to focus on holiday weekends throughout the year. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has named these operations Wolf Packs as the Sheriff’s officers work together in conjunction with multiple other Pinellas County law enforcement agencies in packs to increase patrols and traffic enforcement and specifically to make arrests for driving under the influence. Unlike a stationary DUI Checkpoint, the Wolf Packs roam the county looking for impaired drivers.

This year, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the Wolf Pack operation will start at 7 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2016 and continue until 5 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Wolf Pack Patrols and DUI arrests in Pinellas County, Florida

While the Sheriff’s Office makes the worthy assertion that the Wolf Packs work to reduce traffic fatalities as well as accidents involving property damage and serious bodily injury, officers on a “Wolf Pack” assignment can sometimes overreach. The very idea that an officer is assigned to a special task force with the specific goal of identifying impaired drivers can lead to law enforcement to stop and arrest drivers who under other circumstances may not have been stopped.

Conclusion
If you are stopped and arrested during a Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack operation it is very important to consult with an experienced DUI attorney. The attorneys at the Morris Law Firm can help. Melinda Morris is a former Pinellas County State Prosecutor and specifically served on the State Attorney’s DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide Squad. This experience is critical to defending a DUI.

Contact the Morris Law Firm, P.A. at (727) 388-4736 for a strategic review of your DUI case. The Morris Law Firm, P.A. represents clients throughout Florida, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, Manatee counties, and surrounding areas.