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Drunk Driving 101: The College Freshman’s Guide to Florida DUI Laws

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Sep. 08 2016

This week classes have resumed for students across Pinellas County and Florida, including St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Eckerd College, and Webster University St. Petersburg. While college is undoubtedly the time for undergraduates to explore new academic subjects, find their career paths, and live independently for the first time, this is…
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Avoid Jail in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, Florida

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 29 2016

Pinellas and Hillsborough County Florida offer alternatives to taking certain criminal cases to trial. A non-violent first-time offender charged with a misdemeanor or third-degree felony may be eligible for a diversion program, often referred to as a Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), which could result in their charges being dismissed. Though certain counties may call their…
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Pinellas County Sheriff Releases DUI Wolf Pack Results from 4th of July Weekend 2016

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 20 2016

We recently reported that the Pinellas County Sheriff conducted a DUI Wolf Pack Operation on July 1, 2016, through July 2, 2016.  DUI Wolf Packs are alternatives to conducting DUI checkpoints which are often met with legal challenges.   The DUI Wolf Packs are enhanced roaming traffic enforcement specifically focused on identifying and arresting impaired…
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Field Sobriety Tests and Common Defense Strategies in Pinellas County, Florida

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 18 2016

Customarily, when a driver is suspected of drunk or impaired driving the law enforcement officer will request the driver submit to Field Sobriety Tests or FSTs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), FSTs are administered to assist law enforcement in making objective arrest decisions during DUI stops. The most common FSTs performed…
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Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack In Effect for 2016 4th of July Weekend

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 02 2016

Starting on July 1, 2016 and continuing through July 2, 2016 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting enhanced traffic enforcement specifically focused on identifying and arresting impaired drivers suspected of DUI. (See the announcement here Pinellas Deputies And Local Police Agencies To Conduct County-Wide DUI Wolf Pack Over July 4th Weekend ) Pinellas County…
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Recent DUI Wolf Pack in Pinellas: The Results Are In…

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
May. 30 2016

In a press release numbered 6-129, Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office released information about the results of the overnight countywide DUI Wolf Pack operation. The DUI Wolf Pack operation involves officers saturating the roadways looking for drivers intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by drugs. To be stopped by the DUI Wolf Pack, officers…
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Memorial Day Weekend: Expect Pinellas County Authorities to Target Drunk Drivers

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
May. 18 2016

In the United States Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Many Americans take advantage of the three-day weekend by vacationing to the Tampa Bay area, including Busch Gardens, St. Petersburg Museum of Art, the Clearwater Aquarium, and Pinellas area beaches. In the past, this increase in drivers on Florida highways and roads has resulted…
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The Independent Blood Test under Florida Statute Section 316.1932(1)(f)(3)

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jan. 05 2016

Most DUI cases involve a request by the arresting officer for a breath test. After you blow into the machine, the breath sample disappears out the other end of the machine. The machine does not capture the breath sample so that it can later be retested by an independent agency. With all the problems with…
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Which Came First – the Arrest or the Refusal?

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jan. 01 2016

The attorneys at the Morris Law Firm represent clients charged with DUI. Many of these cases involve an alleged “refusal” to submit to a breath or urine test after an arrest in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or the surrounding areas of Pinellas County, FL. One of the most common mistakes that a law enforcement officer makes…
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DUI Wolf Pack in Pinellas County

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Dec. 23 2015

In a recently issued press release, 15-291, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced that its deputies and other local law enforcement agencies would conduct a county wide “DUI Wolf Pack” operation on Saturday, December 19, 2015 through Sunday, December 20, 2015. The stated purpose of the operation is to reduce DUI related injuries. Officers…
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