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November 22, 2012

Hillsborough County DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

7048-XFA – Hillsborough County – November 2012

Charge: DUI

Result: Reckless Driving

Defendant was stopped for running a stop sign.  Upon extensive review of the location of the stop, pictures were taken of the stop sign and compared to the position of the officer at the time he allegedly observed defendant driving.  During negotiations and argument with the state attorney, it was questioned whether the officer actually observed the traffic infraction.  Despite the officer’s observations and video surveillance indicating sub-par performance on the field sobriety exercises, the charge was reduced to reckless driving.…

November 22, 2012

Hillsborough County DUI Reduced to Reckess Driving – NO Conviction

8239-XFA – Hillsborough County – November 2012
Charge: DUI
Result: Charges Reduced w/ no conviction

Defendant was stopped in South Tampa on Platt Street for driving the wrong way on Westland Street.  Upon contact, officers smelled alcohol on her breath and requested that she perform field sobriety exercises.  She refused to perform them and refused to provide a breath sample.   The charge was amended to a reckless driving with no conviction.…

November 14, 2012

Manatee County DUI Charge with Breath Test Over .20 Completely Dismissed

2012 C T 001342 (Manatee County)
DUI

Defendant was stopped in Manatee County by a Pinellas County sheriff for briefly driving on the wrong side of the roadway against oncoming traffic.  The Pinellas sheriff called out for Manatee Deputies to respond.  A DUI investigation ensued and the Defendant was arrested for DUI.  He took a breath test and blew over a .20.  Darren Finebloom investigated the case and filed a motion to suppress based on the unlawful stop and arrest.  Mr. Finebloom argued that because the Pinellas Deputy was out of his jurisdiction he could not perform a traffic stop as there was no felony committed in his presence nor a breach of peace.   …

November 9, 2012

Pinellas County DUI with Breath Test Refusal Reduced to Reckless Driving

CTC111721XEOAN – Pinellas County – November 2012
Charge: DUI
Result: Reckless Driving

At 5:30 AM, on his way to the airport to travel and visit his daughter, defendant’s right rear tire blew.  He was not familiar with the area, and traveled on the flat tire looking for a gas station.  Ultimately, he was stopped by Pinellas County Sheriff who immediately suspected that the 60 year old defendant was impaired.  During the Field Sobriety Exercises, the defendant (a Polish immigrant) had trouble understanding the instructions and according to the officer and the indications on video surveillance, failed the field sobriety exercises.   He was arrested for DUI. …

November 9, 2012

Hillsborough County Second DUI Within 5 Years Reduced to Reckless Driving

4307-XGA – Hillsborough County – November 2012
Charge: DUI, 2nd within 5
Result: Reckless Driving

Defendant was stopped for driving too slow and using his blinker without turning.   Officers followed him for several minutes noting that his driving pattern was erratic and pulled him over.  The DUI officer requested that he perform Field Sobriety Exercises which, according to the officer he failed.  After being arrested, defendant refused the breath test.   During negotiations with the state attorney, Stephen Higgins argued that video evidence was nonexistent regarding the field sobriety exercises and that the stop was questionable.  Ultimately, the charge was reduced to Reckless Driving saving the defendant from a five year driver’s license restriction and jail time.…

November 8, 2012

Second DUI Within 5 Years Reduced to Reckless Driving

1804-XBO – Hillsborough County – October 2012 (DUI Case)

Defendant was charged with a second offense DUI within five years.   He was observed by Florida Highway patrol on I4 weaving within his lane, crossing over lane markers and failing to maintain his lane.  Trooper Drake requested that he perform FSE’s, which he was unable to do.  Post arrest, he refused to provide a breath sample.  Stephen Higgins was able to get the charge reduced preventing defendant’s license from being suspended for five years.…

September 12, 2012

No Conviction on DUI Charges with BAC of .149

Case Number: 2012 CT 005028 NC

The defendant was stopped for changing lanes without signaling in Sarasota County.  The trooper noticed signs of impairment and conducted a DUI investigation.  The Defendant was subsequently arrested and blew a .149 and a  .138.  Darren Finebloom subpoenaed the officer to the DMV hearing in order to obtain testimony that no traffic violation was committed by the Defendant’s change of lanes.  Once obtaining that testimony Darren Finebloom filed a motion to suppress and the State reduced the DUI to a reckless driving with no DUI conviction.…

May 7, 2012

No Conviction on DUI Charge

3815-XGA

Defendant was stopped for speeding in South Tampa.  He consented to field sobriety exercises which were performed on video.  Despite his decent performance, he was arrested and transported to the jail.  At the jail, he refused to provide a breath sample.   During plea negotiations, Stpehen Higgins got the charge amended to a Reckless Driving with no conviction.…

December 13, 2011

No Conviction for Client Charged With DUI That Refused The Breath Test

Hillsborough – May 11, 2010

Case 7153-XEF Judge Conrad

Charge: DUI

Result: NO CONVICTION

Defendant was stopped by Hillsborough Deputies after they observed her car hit and drive over a curb.  Defendant had trouble exiting the car and was unable to perform the field sobriety exercises.  She later admitted to drinking, but refused to provide a breath sample.  On the eve of trial, Stephen Higgins got the charge amended to Reckless Driving.

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