DUI & Criminal Division

The Defendant made a right turn from the middle lane at Town Center Road and Military Trail and then failed to maintain its lane several times. The vehicle kept drifting in and out of the lane. After stopping the vehicle the Officer noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot, glossy and she had slurred speech. A DUI officer arrived and asked her if she had been drinking. She stated she just came from Blue Martini and she had been drinking. The Defendant could not walk heel to toe during the walk and turn and did not have good balance during the One Leg Stand. Additionally, she was unable to touch her finger to her nose. During the alphabet task, the Defendant skipped the letter K and only got to the letter S the first time. On the second try, she was only able to get to the letter S. The Defendant was placed under arrest and taken to the Breath Facility at the Boca Raton Police Department. She was asked to submit to a breath sample where she got very argumentative, continually yelling and arguing with the officers about whether to take the breath test. After a significant period of time, the Defendant took a breath test which yielded results of .083 and .085. The Defendant also admitted to taking medication including sleeping pills. The Firm filed motions to exclude a number of different portions of the roadside videos as well as the breath testing videos regarding different medications she takes and the sleeping pills. All of the medications the Defendant took were not “controlled substances” under Florida Law. Thus, the firm argued, they were not admissible should the case have gone to trial. The State agreed to exclude those statements and portions of the video. Result: A week before the trial the State agreed to drop the DUI.