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DUI Case Results, St. Petersburg FL

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Case Results

DUI: Reduced to Reckless Driving

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Police responded after client’s vehicle got stuck on an embankment. Police requested Field Sobriety Tests, client refused. Client was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police requested a Breathalyzer test that client also refused. Client faced a DUI conviction, drivers license suspension, probation, and fines.
  • Outcome: The Morris Law Firm successfully negotiated with the State Attorney’s Office to reduce the DUI charge to a Reckless Driving charge with a withhold of adjudication that avoided a criminal conviction on the client’s record.

DUI: Jury Trial – Not Guilty Verdict

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Client was in a motorcycle accident. Police responded to the scene of the accident and believed the client to be impaired. Client refused Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer tests. Client admitted to two beers and taking a prescription pill earlier in the day. Client was a commercial drivers license holder (CDL) and if convicted faced losing his CDL and thus his job.
  • Outcome: The Morris Law Firm set the matter for trial. At trial the Morris Law Firm argued that there was a lack of evidence of impairment to sustain a DUI conviction. The jury agreed and returned a not guilty verdict at trial.

DUI: Jury Trial – Case Dismissed

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Client was arrested for DUI. Client was fishing at a local marina and was stopped by police when leaving and blew a 0.188 more than double the legal limit. Client faced a DUI conviction, drivers license suspension, probation, enhanced fines and an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.
  • Outcome: The Morris Law Firm filed a Motion to Suppress arguing that the traffic stop was invalid because there were no facts in evidence to support the officer having a reasonable suspicion of DUI at the time he conducted his stop of the defendant. The Judge agreed and granted the Motion to Suppress the traffic stop which thus resulted in the DUI case being dismissed.

DUI: Jury Trial – Not Guilty Verdict

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Client (a professional engineer in a PhD program) had two prior DUI convictions. Client was pulled over after attending local baseball game. Client performed Field Sobriety Tests, but refused breathalyzer tests. Client admitted to drinking six beers over a period of time. Client faced significant jail time as it would have been his 3rd DUI and a 10-year drivers license revocation.
  • Outcome: The Morris Law Firm argued that the client did not appear to be impaired on the video recording of the field sobriety tests and in his interactions with the police on scene. The facts argued along with no breath test results allowed the Morris Law Firm to successfully argue insufficient evidence to convict. The jury agreed and returned a not guilty verdict at trial.

DUI: Reduced to Reckless Driving

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Client arrested for DUI after by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, the client was stopped for speeding after being clocked on radar going 76 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Client consented to field sobriety tests which were recorded on video. Client admitted drinking two beers. Subsequent to arrest client refused to submit to a breath test.
  • Outcome: Client hired the Morris Law Firm. The Morris Law Firm was successful in persuading the state to reduce the client’s DUI charge to Reckless Driving. In addition to avoiding a conviction for DUI the client was also able to avoid a criminal driver license suspension.

DUI: Reduced to Reckless Driving

  • County: Hillsborough
  • Facts: Client was stopped for speeding by the Florida Highway Patrol after being clocked traveling 70 mph in a posted 55 mph zone on I-275 in Tampa, Florida. Client was then taken by law enforcement to another location for testing. Client agreed to do field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for DUI. After his arrest, client refused to submit to a breath test.
  • Outcome: Client hired the Morris Law Firm. First, the Morris Law Firm successfully argued for invalidation of client’s administrative driver license suspension and was able to get client’s driver license fully reinstated by the Florida department of motor vehicles. Next, the Morris Law Firm successfully negotiated a reduction in client’s DUI charge to Reckless Driving. Client simply paid a fine and did not serve any probation, nor did he have a criminal suspension of his driver license.

DUI: Reduced to Reckless Driving

  • County: Hillsborough
  • Facts: Client is a distinguished college professor from Ohio. Client arrived in Tampa for a vacation. As he was leaving the airport client bumped a pole at the parking attendant’s station at Tampa International Airport and unbeknownst to him security was summoned. Police for Tampa International Airport conducted a DUI investigation wherein client admitted to two glasses of wine on his flight and then agreed to and performed field sobriety exercises. Client submitted to a breath test with results of .145/.152.
  • Outcome: Client hired the Morris Law Firm. After setting the case for trial, the Morris Law Firm was successful in getting the State to reduce client’s DUI charge to a Reckless Driving charge. Client avoided a conviction for DUI which would have been very harmful to his academic career.

DUI: Jury Trial – Not Guilty Verdict

  • County: Pinellas
  • Facts: Client was found passed out twenty feet from his vehicle with no other cars or people around. During an accident investigation client admitted being the driver of the vehicle. A criminal investigation was then initiated and client invoked his Miranda Rights and refused to speak further to law enforcement. Client performed field sobriety exercises on video and later submitted to a breath test with results of .136/.143. Client had a prior DUI conviction from two years earlier.
  • Outcome: Client hired attorney the Morris Law Firm. The Morris Law Firm successfully defended client at trial arguing client was not in actual physical control of the vehicle. Client was found Not Guilty.