As a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer and Jacksonville DUI Lawyer, we have handled thousands of criminal cases and hundreds of DUI charges. This invaluable experience sets us apart from the average Jacksonville DUI Attorney. Recently, we were lucky enough to put this experience to work for our client who was charged with a second DUI within 5 years. This DUI charge carries with it a minimum term of jail time as well as other enhanced penalties for DUI in Florida.
Our client was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) after allegedly failing to yield to on-coming traffic while making a U-turn in Jacksonville Beach. The FHP trooper claimed our client intentionally cut-off two vehicles travelling south on A1A. It is important to note, the trooper did not observe any driving pattern or any other potentially suspicious behavior by our client, but rather only based the stop on this alleged traffic infraction. After stopping our client and briefly speaking with him, the trooper claimed our client had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and trouble locating his driver’s license and registration. Based on these observations, the trooper requested our client to perform field sobriety exercises, which he rather predictably did not pass. As a result our client was arrested for DUI.
Having handled hundreds of Jacksonville DUIs, we know that all FHP patrol cars are equipped with cameras that record nearly all traffic encounters. We requested this video and observed a very different set of facts than the trooper. Not only did our client not cut off on-coming traffic, but safely made a legal U-turn and attempted to continue on his way, committing no other traffic infractions. Based on this video, our Jacksonville DUI Lawyers filed a Motion to Suppress this illegal stop and requested the court to exclude all evidence obtained as a result of this illegal stop. After a lengthy court hearing, the judge agreed with our argument and granted the Motion to Suppress. As a result, the prosecutor was left with no choice but to dismiss the charges against our client. This case illustrates the importance of having an experienced attorney review any criminal case prior to entering a guilty or no contest plea. Without such assistance, our client would have likely plead guilty and would have been required to serve jail time.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified attorney immediately. Rainka Law has handled thousands of DUI charges and offers free case evaluations. Contact Rainka Law today.
Rainka Law, LLC
50 North Laura Street, Suite 2500
Jacksonville, Florida 32202