Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive

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

Drunk, Clown or Just Itchy?

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?

What You Need to Know About DUI Checkpoints | DUI Traffic Tickets

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

To Sniff or Not to Sniff – K-9 Cops and Traffic Stops

You know, the media can be a wonderful thing, especially when it is used to help people. Some of the ways that it helps the general population is through reporting on world affairs, informing us about the pros and cons of vaccinating our children, and even keeping us updated on weather and traffic conditions. Yet as a powerful medium for disseminating information, the media is also very rarely unbiased because the “powers that be” who control the various media outlets… Continue reading: To Sniff or Not to Sniff – K-9 Cops and Traffic Stops

Spring Break – Not Just Any Florida Vacation | DUI Tickets etc…

Without question, Florida is the number one area in the United States chosen as a great spot to go for spring break. This may be especially true for many students who live in states that have cold, icy winters. Consider the possibility of shoveling the driveway due to an unexpected spring snow storm versus partying on a warm, sunny beach with white sands and blue waters. It’s easy to see how one may be plotting his or her escape to… Continue reading: Spring Break – Not Just Any Florida Vacation | DUI Tickets etc…

New Wrong Way Signs Show Promise in Preventing Injuries

I frequently write about the various offenses for which one can be issued a traffic ticket and the consequences that result from them. I do this because I want to help as many people as I can who get traffic tickets to receive a just outcome. I take that responsibility very seriously; after all, this is my job. I would, however, also like to inform other Florida drivers about various subjects that I come across, whether that be new traffic… Continue reading: New Wrong Way Signs Show Promise in Preventing Injuries

Cops Take a Particular Interest in Vacationer’s Traffic Tickets

Whew! Another tourist season is behind us, spring breakers have departed, and life in South Florida is beginning to return to its usual everyday pace. Granted, that is not exactly a lackadaisical pace, but it is somewhat slower than it is from October through April. Before you issue a sigh of relief, keep in mind that summer is just around the corner, and we all know what happens during the summer. Just when we wave goodbye to the college students… Continue reading: Cops Take a Particular Interest in Vacationer’s Traffic Tickets

Fatigue Can Be Fatal | Traffic Tickets and Death

Stories about drunk driving and the tragedy that can result from it seem to be daily news. We see accounts of these incidents splashed across the front page of local newspapers or hear reports of them on the news during the dinner hour. There are several national, state, and local organizations that are set up specifically to try to prevent drunk driving accidents through raising awareness and getting politicians to enact legislation, and rightly so because the number of deaths… Continue reading: Fatigue Can Be Fatal | Traffic Tickets and Death

DUI – Be Polite but Curb Your Cooperation | Don’t Convict Yourself

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

DUI Checkpoints | Ways Around Them?

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?