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The Three Types of DUI Prosecutions in St. Lucie County

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

In key categories like the number of repeat DUI offenders, the percentage of high BAC offenders, and the number of alcohol-related crash fatalities per capita, Florida statistics are significantly above the national averages. So, prosecutors in the Sunshine STate are very aggressive when it comes to DUI prosecutions. When these cases go to court,… Read More »

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Breaking Down the Three Types of DUI Prosecutions

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Police and courts have worked for years to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes. Most of these efforts involve tough new laws, like the per se intoxication law and the refusal-to-submit law. Yet despite these laws, all three kinds of DUI cases are winnable. They each require a different approach. Complete Refusal Most people… Read More »

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Winning a Circumstantial Evidence DUI Case in Florida

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Prior to 2016, Florida had one of the highest breath test refusal rates in the country. But then, lawmakers passed a refusal-to-submit law. Under Section 316.1932, refusing a lawful request to blow into a Breathalyzer is a separate misdemeanor offense. So, even if a Port St. Lucie DUI attorney “beats” the drunk driving charges,… Read More »

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Port St. Lucie Man Exonerated in Fake Drug Case

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Police recently discharged eleven individuals who were falsely charged with drug crimes. One man spent over a month in jail for possessing laundry detergent which a deputy insisted was heroin. All the cases were linked to disgraced former Deputy Steven O’Leary. Marin County Sheriff William Snyder said his office still had about eighty disputed… Read More »

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What to Expect in a Florida Drugged Driving Case

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Many states have very broad DUI-drug laws. For example, in 2016, a California man faced DUI charges because he was allegedly under the influence of caffeine. Prosecutors later dropped the case. But nonetheless, in states like California, it is possible to convict people for driving under the influence on a prescription painkiller, NyQuil, or… Read More »

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Challenging The Circumstantial Evidence In A St. Lucie County DUI

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

If a DUI defendant provides a breath or blood chemical sample, the conviction rate is around 90 percent in many jurisdictions. Although it is not impossible to challenge the evidence in a chemical test case, it is very difficult to do so. But if the defendant refuses to provide a chemical sample, the conviction… Read More »

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What To Expect In A St. Lucie County Criminal Case

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Agreed plea bargains resolve over 90 percent of the criminal cases in Florida. That proportion has increased considerably since the 1980s. Most cases end the same way, and most criminal cases also follow the same basic procedure. Many cases, such as DUI matters, involve other proceedings as well. For example, most DUIs also involve… Read More »

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Will Florida’s Marijuana Laws Change in 2019?

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Some believe that the broad support for medical marijuana would create momentum for legalization in the Sunshine State. But that trajectory is in doubt. Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis says he supports legislation which would end a ban on smoking medical marijuana. Many see this law as the next step towards full legalization. But the… Read More »

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Discrediting Sobriety Test Results In St. Lucie County

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

The recent refusal-to-submit law cut the number of Breathalyzer refusals in Florida in half. This law makes refusal to provide a breath or blood sample a criminal offense, as opposed to an administrative infraction. Nevertheless, the Breathalyzer refusal rate in the Sunshine State is still a rather high 40 percent. In refusal cases, St…. Read More »

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Fort Pierce Police Arrest Hit-And-Run Suspect

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Authorities arrested a 69-year-old man and charged him with leaving the scene of an earlier fatal pedestrian collision. The man supposedly came home and told his roommate that he thought he hit someone or something. When the man refused to call police, the roommate called police and relayed the conversation to officers. Investigators later… Read More »

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