1 The DUI Report A Comprehensive FLORIDA DUI Resource If you have already retained a lawyer in this matter, please disregard this flyer/magazine. We have obtained your name from the Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Polk, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Pasco, Hernando, Desoto, Orange, Osceola and Manatee Counties where you received your charge. Information that May Help Build a Defense for Your Case The DMV Hearing and Issues First Aid: What to do Right Away Sentencing Alternatives: Can You Avoid Jail? Meet David Haenel, An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer Why Should I Fight My DUI Charge? Advertisement How a Substance Abuse Counselor Can Help Your Case
2 Ignition Interlock Program Section , Florida Statutes, requires ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of certain persons convicted of DUI. Section , Florida Statutes Requires Ignition Interlock Devices to be Installed on the Vehicles of Persons Convicted of DUI. The ignition interlock program affects those arrested and convicted of DUI after July 1, 2002, upon eligibility of reinstatement for a permanent or restricted driver license. The ignition interlock device may also be required when a driver convicted of DUI applies for a restricted license for work or business purposes (s , F.S.). Two ignition interlock vendors (see other side) were selected by the department. The vendors began services February 1, DUI Conviction First Conviction First Conviction if 0.15 or minor in car Second Conviction Second Conviction if 0.15 or minor in car Third Conviction Ignition Interlock Requirement If court ordered At least 6 months At least 1 year At least 2 years At least 2 years If the person is otherwise eligible, a driver license will be issued with a P restriction indicating an interlock device is required. The required time period for an interlock officially begins on the day the P interlock restriction is issued. Interlock Group of Florida Interlock SYSTEMS of Florida Violation of a DL Restriction If the court and/or the DMV requires the placement of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and you are caught driving without it, you will be charged with a new criminal violation. In addition, if you are on probation, that will be a violation of your probation terms. Court Reporting Requirements Most courts electronically report DUI convictions to the department. The court order should reflect both the time of suspension and the interlock requirement. Please check with your clerk of court to verify that the electronic reporting from your court includes this ignition interlock requirement. 2 The DUI Report
3 Dear Readers, DUIs are different, and so is The DUI Report. Drunk driving charges are, of course, criminal charges. However, they don t carry with them the same element of conscious disregard for the law that most crimes do. Many of the DUI defense lawyers I ve spoken to over the years have told me they enjoy working with DUI cases, since many DUI clients are not like typical criminal defendants. DUI arrests truly cross all social, racial, and economic boundaries. For that reason, and many others, drinking and driving arrests are different. The DUI Report is also different. Instead of providing detailed technical articles on sometimes difficult scientific topics, The DUI Report is designed to provide practical help that a person can immediately put to use if they ve been arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. Most DUI arrests trigger two different cases a court charge and a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) case. This issue s article, First- Aid: What To Do Right Away provides specific, clear-cut direction for someone charged with driving under the influence, so that he or she is protected in criminal court. For most of us, our driver s license means everything our livelihood, our social life, our ability to address our most basic needs. Therefore, the DMV hearing can be just as important, if not more important, than the outcome of the criminal court case. Many people don t have an understanding of the issues that come up at a DMV hearing, or how those issues impact the outcome. That s why the article, DMV Hearing and Issues, is so important. Of course, The DUI Report would be incomplete without an interview with a veteran Florida lawyer who is experienced in the world of drunk driving enforcement and defense. In this issue we interviewed an experienced Florida DUI lawyer: David Haenel. Mr. Haenel focuses his practice on drunk driving and traffic defense. I m certain you ll find the interview with Mr. Haenel worth the read! As Mr. Haenel points out, many of his clients come to him with a sense of dread, mistakenly believing that there is no way to successfully defend a driving under the influence case. They think that if the breath sample indicates guilt there is no recourse. Thankfully, our article entitled Why Should I Fight my DUI Charge? thoroughly addresses these common, but incorrect, assumptions. Drunk driving cases are often referred to as the exception to the Constitution. DUI is a crime that is often politically and financially motivated in its enforcement and prosecution. I hope that, if nothing else, The DUI Report gives you courage. It takes courage to take the next step to defend yourself. It takes courage to stand up in court and say, not guilty. It takes courage to fight. It takes courage to persevere. If this magazine inspires just a little more courage in you, then we at The DUI Report will have been truly successful. I wish you well. Braden Pollock Editor-in-Chief All reference to Florida laws re believed to be accurate at the time of this printing. Since laws change and new laws come into effect, do not rely on the absolute accuracy of this publication. THE DUI REPORT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE LEGAL ADVICE. Please contact a qualified Florida DUI attorney for legal advice. The DUI Report, Legal Brand Marketing, LLC and its owners shall be held harmless from any claims as a result of any action taken from the information provided in The DUI Report including, but not limited to: retaining, hiring or subscribing to services, attorneys or any advertiser in The DUI Report. The DUI Report is published by Legal Brand Marketing, LLC. It is intended to be used for informational purposes only and may not be reproduced in any form without prior written consent of the publisher. Trademark registered in the United States. All submissions may be posted to the afore mentioned address and will not be returned unless proper postage is included. Under Florida Bar rules, the DUI Report is considered an advertisement for DUI attorney David Haenel. Mr. Haenel has contributed financially to the publication of the DUI Report. Copyright Legal Brand Marketing, LLC. ISSN: Ignition Interlock Program... 2 A Few Words From The Editor s Desk... 3 First Aid: What To Do Right Away... 4 CDL Drivers... 4 I Wasn t Read My Rights! How Miranda Applies in DUI Cases... 5 Why Should I Fight My DUI Charge?... 5 DMV Hearing & Issues... 6 Breath Testing: Not an Exact Science... 7 Meet Attorney David Haenel... 8 Addiction and Mental Health Issues What Your Lawyer Needs to Know to Help You Ignition Interlock Devices Potential Sources of Error in Breath Testing Top Ten Questions to Ask When Interviewing a DUI Lawyer DUI Auto Insurance Sobriety Checkpoints Help With Alcohol and Drug Problems How a Substance Abuse Counselor Can Help Your Case Interview with Substance Abuse Expert Dan Cronin Florida Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Cases Integrity: The Key Issue in Blood Testing Did You Know? Defending a DUI Case Requires Thorough Investigation Florida DUI Jury Instruction Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction... 19
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19 Defending a DUI Case Requires A Thorough Investigation Florida DUI Jury Instruction To prove the crime of Driving Under the Influence, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. Accused drove or was in actual physical control 1 of a vehicle. One of the most critical times in a DUI case occurs between the arrest and the arraignment date. If evidence is not collected promptly it may be destroyed. That evidence may include: Receipts (specifically itemized restaurant or bar receipts) Pictures of the Field Sobriety Testing Area Security Camera Closed Circuit Video Jail Video of the Booking Room and Breath Test Room Medical Records from EMS, Hospital, and Jail GPS from the officer s car Officer s Personnel File 911 Calls Radio Transmissions of the Officers on the Scene Mobile Display Terminal Messages Crash Reports 2. While driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle the accused: a. Was under the influence of [alcoholic beverages] [a chemical substance] [a controlled substance] to the extent that [his] [her] normal faculties* were impaired or b. Had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. 1 Actual physical control of a vehicle means the defendant must be physical in or on the vehicle and have the capability to operate the vehicle, regardless of whether he/she is actually operating the vehicle at the time. * Normal faculties include but are not limited to the ability to see, hear, walk, talk, judge distances, drive an automobile, make judgements, act in emergencies, and in general, to normally perform the many mental and physical acts of our daily lives. Consequences DUI Collateral of a DUI Conviction Consequences Based upon someone s driving record, a DUI conviction will not only result in a mandatory driver s license suspension of at least 6 months but could trigger more serious ramifications. According to the rules set out by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, if a driver accrues three major violations within a five-year period, they will be labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender. Major violations typically include a combination of Driving While License Suspended convictions and a DUI. Drivers who are classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender will be unable to drive for one year before they are eligible to obtain a hardship license. The DUI Report 19
20 HIGHLY EXPERIENCED DUI DEFENSE LAWYER David is often quoted in newspapers and on television regarding DUI issues. Dedication Don t be surprised when you call the office at noon on a Saturday and you end up speaking to a live lawyer. David has created an atmosphere that caters to his clients. He realizes that he does not have a typical 9-5 job, and when a client is struggling after a DUI arrest knowing that someone can guide them through the process is comforting. Stephen Higgins DARRen finebloom DAvid haenel At the law firm of Finebloom & Haenel, the DUI defense team concentrates its practice on DUI traffic defense. David, Darren, Stephen & all the attorneys in the firm use their energy in the pursuit of justice. David has dealt with thousands of DUI cases but he says, the case I am working on at any given moment is the one that matters most. Memberships and Associations David Haenel is a member of the Florida and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition David is a frequent lecturer at the police academy on various traffic related issues, including DUI. Who better to defend your DUI case than the guy who USED to train the prosecutors? TEAM APPROACH At Finebloom and Haenel, you get the benefit of having every member of our firm dedicated to your case. A distinct benefit of this team approach, which we strive to achieve with every client, is that while your case is pending you can contact our office and feel confident that any lawyer you speak with has the knowledge and the experience to assist you. Essentially, we feel that the more sets of eyeballs trained on your case, and the more brainpower collectively applied to your case, will hopefully lead to a better client experience. David A Haenel Finebloom and Haenel, P.A. Offices in Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater and Orlando while representing clients throughout the West Coast and Central Florida
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