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Category Archives: DUI / Drunk Driving

Driving Under The Influence Of Prescription Drugs Is A Problem In Florida

Driving under the influence of prescription drugs is a major problem in Florida, according to Florida Law Enforcement Officials. Florida law enforcement officials have been cracking down on drivers suspected to be ‘impaired’ by prescription drugs. The DUI Law in Florida Florida law is very clear on the issue of prescription drug ‘impairment’ and operation of a motor vehicle. The law proscribes DUI guilt if someone is driving, or in actual physical control of a vehicle, while under the influence of a chemical substance set forth in FL Statute 877.111 or any of the controlled substances in chapter 893. Controlled substances listed under the 893 chapter of Florida law are drugs that are commonly known as street drugs: Heroin Cocaine Methamphetamines Marijuana Other similar ‘illegal’ drugs. But what about prescription drugs? The same… […]

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Florida Based DUI Defense Attorney Andrew Stine Offers Advice on DUI

Hiring an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney is a Good Investment Costs of a DUI conviction are far more than jail time or probation, says West Palm Beach DUI defense attorney, Andrew Stine, so the charge is worth fighting. If you’re arrested for DUI in Florida, you should be concerned about more than just having your license suspended and possibly serving jail time. Those facing DUI charges also face many financial penalties, if they are convicted, according to West Palm Beach DUI defense attorney Andrew Stine, who recently appeared in a DUI conviction in Florida Google+ hangout. Stine says there are many penalties for a driver after a DUI conviction, including: · Possible jail sentence and lost income during that time, · Probation and associated costs, · Fees for Mothers Against… […]

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Palm Beach DUI lawyer States FL Supreme Court to Rule on Punishment for Breathalyzer Refusal

Palm Beach DUI lawyer Attorney Andrew Stine discusses a pending Supreme Court decision about whether it’s constitutional to punish a driver for refusing a breath test. The Florida Supreme Court will answer a very important legal issue regarding DUI’S in Florida. The Florida Supreme Court will decide whether or not it is constitutional to criminally punish a driver for refusing to submit to a breath-alcohol test, when the stopping officer conducting the breath test does not have a warrant to request the driver’s breath be examined. Under Florida law, law enforcement officers and prosecutors have long taken advantage of Section 316.1939 of the Florida General Statutes, which is known as refusal to submit to a breath test. Section 316.1939, refusal to submit to a breath test, provides in pertinent part… […]

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Pulled Over for DUI? West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Has Suggestions

West Palm Beach DUI defense lawyer Andrew Stine says if you are pulled over for a DUI, you should be courteous but refuse to answer any of the officer’s questions. Many of us will be going out and seeing family and friends through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. DUI defense attorney Andrew Stine suggests that if you’ve been pulled over and asked questions about whether or not you have been drinking alcohol or asked to take field sobriety tests, you should refuse to answer any of the Law Enforcement Officer’s questions about consuming alcoholic beverages and should also refuse to perform any and all sobriety roadside test. In a recent Google+ hangout Stine says, even though you shouldn’t answer questions about whether or not you have consumed alcoholic beverages… […]

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Palm Beach DUI Defense Lawyer on Probable Cause to Draw Blood in Car Crashes

Florida drunk driving laws have created a dilemma between doctor patient confidentiality and prosecuting DUI offenders. Florida, like most other States, permits law enforcement officers to extract the blood of a driver, who’s been involved in an automobile crash that involves serious bodily injury or death.  Law enforcement officers’ use of Florida’s Implied Consent law to extract a driver’s blood to determine whether or not the driver was impaired at the time of the crash causing serious bodily injury or death is usually done to determine the amount of illegal or prescription drugs in the person’s blood at the time of the crash. In Florida, law enforcement officers must have probable cause to believe that the driver involved in a serious bodily injury or death, was under the influence of… […]

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West Palm Beach Dui Lawyer Explains – DUI and DUI’S with Severe Bodily Injury

West Palm Beach DUI lawyer, Andrew D. Stine, has handled all DUI’S from intake to trial, including DUI Homicide cases. West Palm Beach Dui Lawyer Explains – DUI and DUI’S with Severe Bodily Injury and the use of Special verdict forms. Hiring a West Palm Beach DUI Attorney is an important decision, does your lawyer know how Apprehndi and enhancements contribute to increased sentences in Florida DUI’S? Florida DUI law is an area of criminal law that requires experience and knowledge by the criminal lawyer you choose in order to get the best possible results. Under Florida DUI law and Florida DUI’S that causes Severe Bodily Injury, the lawyer you choose can mean the difference between prison and no jail time at all. Under Florida Laws 316.193; the elements of DUI… […]

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Evidence in Florida DUI Crashes Causing Bodily Injury or Death

Evidence in Florida DUI Crashes Causing Bodily Injury or Death

As a criminal defense attorney, I am always asked about what types of evidence can be put forward by the accused to show he or she was not the driver of a vehicle involved in a DUI crash causing serious bodily injury or death were the prosecution is alleging that alcohol or illegal drugs played a part in the crime. In other words, the accused DUI driver wants to put forth competent and substantial evidence that he or she was not in control of the motor vehicle at the time of the DUI crash that caused serious bodily injury or death. I am always reminded of my science background on these issues and the term DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid immediately comes to mind for consideration of an affirmative defense. In… […]

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What Happens After a DUI Stop in Palm Beach?

What Happens After a DUI Stop in Palm Beach?

As a DUI defense lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL defending those arrested and accused of driving under the influence for over a decade, I am constantly reminded of the two most important pieces of evidence that law enforcement officers use against a driver accused of DUI. In a DUI case, the two most important pieces of evidence are: (i) the field sobriety test video and (ii) whether or not the driver provide a breath, blood or urine sample. Those two pieces of evidence, must be thoroughly examined and carefully reviewed by a trained eye and ear, who understands the rules, regulations, and laws regarding the admissibility of the tests and the significances of whether or not the test are inculpatory towards the suspected dui driver. The field sobriety test of… […]

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Palm Beach County’s DUI First Time Offenders Program

Palm Beach County’s DUI First Time Offenders Program

New Year’s Eve celebrations and News Year’s Eve parties led to drastic increases in arrest for DUI drivers in Boca-Raton and North Palm Beach, Florida. While Palm Beach County in general, saw a rise in DUI arrest over the New Year’s Holiday season, Boca-Raton and North Palm Beach law enforcement officers had the biggest spike in DUI arrest throughout Palm Beach County, according to the PBSO booking blotter. Florida leads the nation in DUI arrest with 61,852 as of last year’s statistics, which are the last recorded numbers available. (Statisicbrain.com). The counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade are leading the way in putting Florida on the top of the DUI map. During the holidays DUI arrest rise for two reasons: (i) more people drink and drive and (ii) local… […]

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Facing DUI Charges in Palm Beach County

Facing DUI Charges in Palm Beach County

Driving under the influence or DUI in Palm Beach County, FL does not just mean that the driver was consuming alcoholic beverages and operating a motor vehicle while their normal faculties were impaired. Driving under the influence in Palm Beach County, FL also includes consumption of prescription drugs that impair a driver’s normal faculties whether or not those prescription drugs have been lawfully prescribed by a physician or unlawfully received and consumed by the impaired driver. Florida law is clear on this issue of DUI of prescription drugs and it states: “Any person who accepts the privilege extended by the laws of this state of operating a motor vehicle within this state is, by so operating such vehicle, deemed to have given his or her consent to submit to a… […]

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