DUI & Criminal Division

Facts: The defendant was pulled over at a roadside sobriety checkpoint for having an expired tag. Stopping officer noticed that the driver had an odor of alcohol coming from him, glassy eyes, slow lethargic movements and was slurring his speech. The DUI officer responded and noted that the driver was fumbling through the same documents for 10 minutes and could not find his registration. The defendant exited his car and shuffled his feet losing his balance. He consented to roadside tasks and during the walk and turn stopped after the first 9 steps and had to ask what else to do. On the way back after the first 9 steps, the defendant lost his balance where the officer had to actually walk behind him to make sure he didn’t fall. During the finger to nose task, the officer testified the defendant did not keep his head back and NEVER touched his nose at all. During the alphabet task, the defendant swayed noticeably and paused for about 3 to 5 seconds on the video after he got to the letter D as well as the letter X. The defendant was arrested for driving under the influence and taken back to the Breath Alcohol Testing Facility. He was asked how old he was on video and he said, 35 or 36? He then refused to give a breath sample. The firm went to trial and after closing arguments: VERDICT: Not Guilty.

Rolando A. Sanchez, Esq.

Originally from Miami , grew up in Central Florida.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked on F-15E fighter jets as an Avionics Technician.  He was Honorably Discharged. Afterwards, he attended University of Central Florida and received a BSBA Finance Degree, cum laude.  Next, he attended Barry University for law school and among other things, served as V.P. of the Veterans Legal Society.  Since graduating in 2016, Mr. Sanchez has dedicated his career to helping those charged with criminal matters.  These cases include traffic, misdemeanors and felonies, including trials and post-conviction relief. Mr. Sanchez is the lead attorney in Ticket Clinic’s Kissimmee office, handling cases in Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Desoto Counties.