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Challenging The Circumstantial Evidence In A St. Lucie County DUI

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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

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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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Discrediting Sobriety Test Results In St. Lucie County

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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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Five DUI Roadblock Requirements In Florida

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Typically, police officers must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before they may detain motorists. This standard is very low, and the United States Supreme Court has watered it down even further, with recent decisions like 2016’s Utah v. Strieff. However, the underlying doctrine is still in effect. But when it comes to DUI… Read More »

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The Three Main Types Of Driving Impairments in Port St. Lucie, Florida

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There is a move afoot to replace the phrase “car accident” with “car crash.” In the minds of many people, including many St. Lucie County jurors, labeling these events as accidents absolves the drivers of responsibility. Moreover, advocated correctly point out that planes crash, ships sink, and trains wreck, yet vehicle drivers have accidents…. Read More »

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Debunking Some Port St. Lucie DUI Myths

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Driving Under the Influence is one of the most commonly-charged criminal offenses in the Treasure Coast. In fact, in some jurisdictions, half the county’s probationers were arrested for DUI. So, it is little wonder that there are so many myths out there about the Breathalyzer and other DUI aspects. These self-help defenses may not… Read More »

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Successfully Contesting The FSTs In DUI Cases

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In most driving under the influence cases, the defendant provides a specimen of breath or blood for analysis. But in about 20 percent of these cases nationwide, the defendant refuses to provide such a sample. For some reason, the percentage is a little higher in Florida. That’s the main reason lawmakers recently added a… Read More »

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Three Hidden Defenses In Port St. Lucie DUI Cases

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More often than not, intoxication is basically the only issue in a driving under the influence case. Prosecutors must establish intoxication beyond a reasonable doubt. They either use circumstantial evidence from the field sobriety tests or direct evidence from chemical tests to meet this burden. However, to obtain convictions under the DUI law, prosecutors… Read More »

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Some Basic Points About DUI Roadblocks

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Police departments in the Treasure Coast love DUI checkpoints. If they could afford the officer overtime and physical requirements, they would probably run checkpoints every weekend. But because of these costs, roadblocks usually only appear during holidays associated with drinking and driving, such as July Fourth and New Year’s Eve. These checkpoints give police… Read More »

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Challenging The Field Sobriety Tests In A Florida DUI

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According to most estimates, Florida has one of the highest chemical test refusal rates in the country. Much of this data dates back prior to the state’s refusal-to-submit law, and that measure may drive down the refusal rate. Section 316.1939 makes refusal to provide a chemical sample a misdemeanor. Faced with that kind of… Read More »

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