According to the State Justice Department, Florida had the third-highest number of DUI arrests in 2013 with 61,852 total charges. A high number of those arrests represented a second offense.
The inaccuracy of impairment measurements plagues all DUI stops and often leads to dropped charges and plea deals. During a typical stop, police rely on field sobriety tests to establish probable cause for testing a suspect’s blood.
For many prosecutors, going to trial represents a hassle worth avoiding. That’s why so many cases involve plea bargaining nowadays.
There are several common strategies for challenging a DUI charge, but perhaps the most common method is to question the traffic stop that led to the arrest. This is because all that happened after the stop is disregarded by the court if the stop itself is thrown out. In general, this means arguing that the […]
Police spend much of their time looking for drunk drivers. According to the State Justice Department, Florida police made approximately 61,800 DUI arrests in 2013. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles reports that the number of convictions is only about 33,000 per year. That shows that not everyone who is arrested for drunk driving is […]
The outcome of any given DUI trial depends on a broad range of factors: the judge’s disposition, the feelings of any victims, the willingness of the prosecutor to negotiate and the experience of the DUI lawyer—to name a few. However, two of the most important factors are the way the defendant acts after the arrest […]