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Effective Defenses In DUI Cases

By OA Law Firm |

Just as the decades-long DUI crackdown was showing some signs of effectiveness, coronavirus lockdowns undid that progress. Now, some officers who are desperate to reverse the rising tide of drunk driving incidents take illegal shortcuts during the arrest process. Others make arrests in borderline cases, making it almost impossible for prosecutors to establish guilt… Read More »

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ALS After A DUI: What You Should Know

By OA Law Firm |

In Florida, a chemical test refusal or a chemical test result above the legal limit usually triggers the administrative license suspension process. The Sunshine State has very strict laws in this area. Defendants only have ten days to request ALS hearings. If they don’t request hearings, the full suspension period automatically takes effect. This… Read More »

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Overcoming Adverse FST Results In A Florida DUI

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has approved three Field Sobriety Tests for use in DUI arrests. If a defendant provides a breath or blood sample, as most defendants agree to do, prosecutors use the FST results to establish probable cause for that law enforcement request. If the defendant refuses to provide a chemical… Read More »

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Five Key DUI Checkpoint Requirements

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The Supreme Court permanently legalized sobriety checkpoints, which allow law enforcement officers to bypass the Fourth Amendment, in 1990. Because the Supremes gave them such broad authority, peace officers must strictly follow many rules when they set up these checkpoints. Otherwise, the roadblock is illegal. A checkpoint affects your Fourth Amendment stop, search, and… Read More »

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Challenging DUI-Drug Infractions In Florida

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Many states have extremely broad DUI-drug laws. Pretty much everyone has at least one impairing substance in their pantry or medicine cabinet. Even everyday drugs, like caffeine, could involve DUI charges. Florida’s law is considerably more limited. It only applies if the substance at issue is designed “for the purpose of inducing a condition… Read More »

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Don’t Let A DUI Affect Your Driving Privileges

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In many places, the rise of Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services has decreased the number of vehicle owners and licensed drivers. Yet over seven million Floridians rely on their vehicles to get around the vast Sunshine State. A DUI conviction, or even a DUI arrest, can restrict, or even eliminate, the ability to… Read More »

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What Does ALR Mean In Driving?

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In Florida and most other states, DUI defendants who refuse to provide chemical samples go through the Administrative License Revocation process. These drivers could lose their drivers’ licenses for up to twelve months in the Sunshine State, even if they haven’t been convicted of, or even formally charged with, DUI. Drivers in these situations… Read More »

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Beating The Breathalyzer In A Florida DUI

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According to scientific sources, a Breathalyzer’s BAC estimate is off by at least .01 about 33 percent of the time. Note that we said “BAC estimate. Like the 1920s Drunk-o-Meter which preceded it, the Breathalyzer uses breath alcohol level to determine blood alcohol level. That extra step means several things could be wrong with… Read More »

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Non-Intoxication Defenses To DUI Drug Cases In Hillsborough County

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In many jurisdictions, “stoned” driving is a bigger problem than “drunk” driving. Florida’s DUI law, although it is rather broad, is somewhat more limited than similar laws in other states. In the Sunshine State, it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle  “under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s…. Read More »

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Top Five DUI Defenses In Florida

By OA Law Firm |

Many people assume they are automatically guilty in a DUI case if they provide a chemical sample and the sample is above the legal limit. About 80 percent of Florida DUIs involve such chemical tests. Granted, an adverse chemical test result makes these cases much easier to prove in court. However, the state must… Read More »

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