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DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving with No Probation; Adjudication Withheld

2012 CT 004794 NC (Sarasota County)
Charge: DUI
Result: DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving & Adjudication was Withheld

Defendant was stopped for speeding by a Sarasota Sheriff’s Department DUI unit deputy, who is also a trained drug recognition expert. Deputy noted signs of intoxication and requested driver perform field sobriety tests, which she did not perform to his satisfaction. Driver was arrested and attempted to provide breath samples at the jail to measure alcohol content. The Intoxilyzer 8000 machine showed “Volume Not Met” error messages, and the officer conducting the test accused the defendant of intentionally manipulating the machine, deeming the failed test a refusal.…

Client Acquitted of DUI Charges in Sarasota County

2012 CT 005873 NC – Sarasota County – February 2013
Charge: DUI w/ Breath test refusal
Result: Found not guilty after a jury trial

Defendant was stopped for not having headlights on. Signs of intoxication were noted by Sarasota Sheriff’s department DUI Task Force deputy, who asked defendant to perform field sobriety tests. Deputy believed driver did poorly, and arrested him for DUI. At the jail, the defendant refused a breath test. State Attorney’s office would not negotiate a resolution prior to trial. Attorney Darren Finebloom presented evidence at trial to refute the arguments of the State Attorney’s office, and after hearing both sides of the case, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.…

Client Receives Reduced Charge of Reckless Driving After Being Charged with DUI

2012 CT 007372 NC – Sarasota County – December 2012
Charge: DUI
Result: Reduced to Reckless Driving and Withhold of Adjudication

Defendant was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol because tag light was out. Trooper noted signs of intoxication and requested driver perform field sobriety tests, on which he believed she did poorly. Driver was arrested and refused a breath test at the jail. Attorney AnneMarie Rizzo’s independent investigation of the stop uncovered legal issues and improperly followed procedures, so she filed a motion with the court to suppress the evidence in the case.…

Sarasota County DUI Charges Completely Dismissed

2011 CT 008502 NC – Sarasota County – March 2013
Charge: DUI .15
Result: Charges Completely Dismissed

Defendant was stopped for equipment violation. Sarasota Sheriff’s department DUI Task Force deputy noted signs of inebriation and asked defendant to perform field sobriety tests, on which the deputy believed he did poorly. At the jail, the defendant blew a .197 and a .194. Attorney Darren Finebloom filed a motion to suppress the evidence, based upon his client’s rights being violated during the stop and arrest. The judge ruled in favor of Finebloom’s motion at hearing, suppressing all evidence gathered in the case, and the State Attorney’s office then dropped all charges against the client.…

DUI Charge Dismissed

2011 CT 008502 NC
Charge: DUI w/ BAC.15
Result: DUI Charge Completely Dismissed

Driver was stopped for driving vehicle in unsafe condition. Driver blew over a .15 which caries enhanced penalties. Motion to suppress granted and DUI charge dismissed.

2nd DUI Within 5 Years Dismissed

2012 CT 004127 SC
Charge: 2nd DUI within 5 years
Result: DUI Charge Completely Dismissed

Driver was stopped for an equipment violation, the stopping deputy noticed signs of impairment and called out a DUI officer.  Darren Finebloom proved the stopping officer did nothing to further the investigation while waiting for the DUI cop to arrive.  He moved to suppress all evidence obtained from the illegal detention, the motion was granted and all evidence was suppressed resulting in the DUI charge being thrown out.

Defendant Found NOT GUILTY of DUI After Jury Trial

2012 CT 005873 NC
Charge: DUI
Result: Not Guilty

Driver was down visiting Sarasota County on vacation.  He  was stopped for no headlights.  A DUI investigation ensued and the Defendant was arrested.  Darren Finebloom tried the case to a jury and the Defendant was found not guilty.

Sarasota County DUI with Prior Conviction Reduced to Reckless Driving

2011 CT 005683 SC  - Sarasota County
Charge: DUI with a prior conviction.
Result: Reckless Driving

The defendant was stopped for no tail lights and was subsequently investigated for DUI and arrested. At the jail, his breath test results were .217 and .208. Darren Finebloom moved to suppress the defendant’s breath test results, and the State conceded, as the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine was not properly calibrated. Without the breath test, the DUI charge was reduced to a reckless driving.

Life After A Tampa DUI

As many of you may already know, a Tampa driving under the influence conviction does not end when all the fines are paid and penalties are satisfied. Unfortunately, this is the type of conviction that you will be asked about in other aspects of your life. Here’s a look at the three most common areas that individuals with a DUI conviction have to continue dealing with:

  1. Insurance—Insurance companies reward drivers for good behavior with reduced rates. Conversely, they punish drivers for what they consider bad behavior with increased rates. Things like car accidents that were deemed your fault and DUI convictions are the two main things that will serve to make your insurance premiums significantly increase for years.

Alleged DUI Setup in Attorney Charles Phillip Campbell Jr. Case

We have been covering the Bubba the Love Sponge Clem defamation trial from the beginning, including the unfortunate timing of his opposing counsels’ very public driving under the influence arrest in Tampa that served to delay the trial a bit. For a quick recap: attorney Charles Phillip Campbell Jr. was arrested for his second DUI (the first one occurring in 2008) after leaving a local Tampa bar. He refused to take a blood alcohol test and his ordeal delayed the trial another week.

Now it seems that there is a little more to the night at the bar than may initially meet the eye. Reports this week have been swirling around a possible set-up by the law firm that was representing Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in the case with Campbell.…

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