Tampa DUI Lawyer: Protect Yourself From Florida DUI Scandals

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Tampa Police Badge, photo courtesy of scoutnurse

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.

Don’t Drink & Drive in HIllsborourgh County

Hillsborough Sheriff Steps Up DUI Enforcement

I recently received an email from Bill Clark at Southeast Monitoring Solutions that the Hillsborough County Sheriff was stepping up his DUI enforcement in Hillsborough County during the next several months. The Sheriff calls this stepped up enforcement “Operation 3D” and it will include heightened patrol and also DUI checkpoints at various locations in Hillsborough County. The Sheriff will also be sending out various press releases and public service announcements in order to encourage voluntary compliance with the DUI laws. The DUI checkpoints and heightened patrols will take place between 10:00pm and 5:00am at various locations in Hillsborough County. You can see the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Calendar of Events for “Operation 3D” at this link: http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/DUI-Enforcement.aspx

Please drive safe and don’t drink and drive.

Your Right to Drive in the State of Florida

Florida Criminal Conviction and Your Drivers License

It seems like a simple thing to do. You jump in your car and go to work, school, or to the store. However, your ability to drive can be taken away from you in the State of Florida for many reasons. A drug conviction under Florida Statute 893.13 can result in your license being suspended for two years. If you are behind on your child support the State of Florida can revoke your drivers license. A first time DUI conviction will result in a 180 day drivers license suspension and the Judge that hears your case will have no ability to waive this condition.

The list of ways in which your license can legally be suspended by the State of Florida is very extensive. Often times, losing your drivers license is the worst part of the punishment handed down by the Judge in a criminal case.

A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can explain to you the ramifications that a criminal conviction can have on your ability to lawfully drive in the State of Florida. If you have questions about your drivers license. Please give my office a call at (813)251.8200 or feel free to email me at Jeremiah@Jeremiahdallen.com