The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), is partnering again with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, AAA – The Auto Club Group and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to spread the message on how to enjoy spring break in Florida safely. According to statistics, DUI and DWI continue to be major problems in Florida.… Continue reading: Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive
I have represented hundreds of people for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and had, even more, people accused of DUI come into my office seeking representation. Then one day “Steve” walked into my office and told me a story. He was riding his moped when he came upon a DUI Checkpoint. He waiting in line and was singled out for suspicion of DUI. He was arrested and refused to give a breath test on principle. He was then taken to… Continue reading: Drunk, Clown or Just Itchy?
Most people are familiar with the concept of driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints. This is just one method that law enforcement agencies employ to try to snag drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating an automobile. They do this by setting up a transitory blockade, often just by placing a cop car or two along a roadway, with the officers randomly stopping vehicles to question drivers, check drivers’ licenses, assess whether the driver seems… Continue reading: What You Need to Know About DUI Checkpoints | DUI Traffic Tickets
There is never a good excuse to drink and drive. Even if you have only had one drink, the complications that it can add to your life if you get pulled over or stopped at a DUI checkpoint are far greater than any enjoyment you may have gotten from an alcoholic beverage. Even if your driving and behavior is perfectly normal, it only takes one slightly suspicious police officer to make you jump through proverbial hoops of a roadside sobriety… Continue reading: DUI – Be Polite but Curb Your Cooperation | Don’t Convict Yourself
As a DUI Lawyer, I have seen just about every type of gimmick, trick, old wives tale and urban legend that exists concerning Driving Under the Influence. However, after reading about U.S. Boarder Agents stoping “foreign looking” U.S. Citizens at non-boarder locations and asking for ID, I dug a little deeper. It seems un-American to stop and question anyone who is not seemingly breaking the law. Isn’t that what the 4th Amendment is all about (The right of the people… Continue reading: DUI Checkpoints | Ways Around Them?
Imagine this scenario – You finally managed to rustle up a babysitter so that you and your spouse can finally enjoy a date night. You partake in a little candlelight, a glass of wine, and no demands from the kids. As you are driving home, you encounter a Miami-Dade DUI checkpoint. No big deal, right? Not necessarily. The cop who stops your vehicle detects the particular odor of alcohol, so he asks if you have been drinking. You see no… Continue reading: DUIs, Field Sobriety Tests, and Breathalyzers
You know, sometimes “big brother” just bugs me. There are a lot of really great laws on the books for really good reasons. As I have written in previous blogs, I do not advocate drunk driving, but with a general push to lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) standard as to what is considered intoxication, it seems our personal liberties continually shrink. Driving while intoxicated, either from alcohol or drugs, is just a bad idea. You don’t have the right… Continue reading: Open Container | Always Guilty No Matter Who Cracked the Bottle
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even over-the-counter or prescription drugs, continues to be a major issue in the state of Florida, and it should be. I won’t bore you with statistics about how many serious injuries or fatalities occur in South Florida every year as a result of DUIs; that information is readily available on the internet. I do, however, want to discuss many of the considerations involving blood alcohol content (BAC) being used as the standard… Continue reading: DUI .08 or .05 or .02 | DUI BAC Traffic Ticket Laws in Florida
Don’t drink and drive; I have stressed this for as long as I have been a traffic ticket attorney. It’s never worth the risk – not worth risking injury to yourself or someone else, and it’s not worth the penalties that you can incur if you are convicted of this offense. If, however, you do get pulled over for any reason, let me give you a few tips to help me be successful in representing you. Before you read these… Continue reading: What to Do for a DUI Stop/Traffic Ticket: Smile for the Camera
It has been a while since I wrote about what to do when you get pulled over by the cops for a traffic ticket. Although I have posted several blogs about the topic, it seems that even my friends are not getting the message. Let me explain. My friend Adam got pulled over recently and told me about the ticket he received. He said he was pulled over for speeding. When the cop came to his window and asked him… Continue reading: Cops on a Power Trip: Traffic Ticket or DUI, or Drugs