DUI & Criminal Division

On July 7, 2014, at approximately 4:06 am, the Defendant was stopped for traveling 65mph in a 50mph zone. The Deputy upon making contact with the Defendant noticed him to have a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. As the Defendant opened the glove box to retrieve his insurance and registration, 2 empty beer bottles fell out. A DUI investigator was called to the scene. The DUI investigator arrived at the scene and immediately could detect a distinct odor of alcohol coming from the Defendant’s breath. The Defendant was also unsteady on his feet. The defendant agreed to perform field sobriety exercises on the flat, level portion of the roadway. During the exercises, several indicators of impairment were observed. The Defendant waived his Miranda rights and agreed to be interviewed. During the interview, the Defendant admitted to drinking 2 beers at Winghouse. The Defendant stated he did not feel impaired at all. The Defendant was arrested for DUI and refused to provide a breath sample. Result: Based on the firm’s negotiation with the State Attorney, the DUI charge was dropped.