Most people have seen the headlines on the news in the last few months about the Tampa DUI scandal. For those who haven’t- it’s shaping up to look like some lawyers involved in the high-profile Bubba the Love Sponge vs. Todd “MJ” Schnitt defamation case, set up their opposition for a DUI arrest.
State Prosecutors dropped charges for this DUI two weeks ago, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times.
Now the Tampa police sergeant involved in the controversy, Sgt. Ray Fernandez, and another officer, Timothy McGinnis, are at the center of the FBI investigation. With two Tampa police officers in question, there might be an impact to current DUI cases involving the two.
The article noted that the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office said last week that it is informing Tampa DUI lawyers and local defense attorneys about Fernandez and McGinnis’s involvement in the dropped DUI case.
“”We’re doing this in an abundance of caution to make sure everyone’s aware of what’s transpired with these two officers,” said Mark Cox, spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. Both can still be called as witnesses, and prosecutors do not think the information will be “relevant or admissible under most circumstances.””
It’s clear with this recent development that DUI cases are not always fair. In fact- some Tampa DUI lawyers may be able to discredit the officers’ other DUI charges. According to the article:
“Tampa police Chief Jane Castor has assembled a team to review each of McGinnis’ and Fernandez’s cases, and the department will work with prosecutors as those cases go through the court system.”
If you would like to speak to a Florida DUI lawyer, to learn more about the action you can take in your Florida DUI case, please feel free to give me a call at (407) 415-9626 or email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.