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Mandatory Field Sobriety Testing Imposed in Clearwater, Florida
Clearwater Police FST Policy
Lawyer Reports on Clearwater Police Department DUI Unit
Clearwater DUI Attorney reports that the Clearwater Police Department DUI Team is using “slick top”, video-equipped, mostly Ford Crown Victoria, marked police cruisers. Since the cars have no visible overhead emergency lights, they are harder to spot as cop cars. Also, the police primarily patrol high volume roads throughout the city for aggressive and impaired drivers. Due to the high number of DUI in Clearwater charged, all five (5) of the officers on the team have been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws. W.F. ”Casey Ebsary, Jr., a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer from Tampa is available at 877-793-9290 to assist in defending against aggressive enforcement of traffic laws.
Clearwater Sobriety Checkpoint
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Pinellas DUI Checkpoint 3655 Tampa Road Oldsmar, Florida | Sep 28, 2012
Pinellas Deputies and Largo Police To Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint In Pinellas County in Largo. Deputies will conduct a DUI checkpoint tonight. Also, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has zero-tolerance for driving intoxicated from drinking or drugs.
Since there is a DUI checkpoint there will be many people charged with DUI. Also, there will be arrests driving without a valid license and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries and save lives this Holiday season, Pinellas County deputies will conduct four DUI checkpoints over the next two weekends. The sobriety checkpoints will be conducted at multiple locations.
If you (or someone you love) has been arrested in the Tampa Florida area over the weekend we can stand in for you in court Monday morning. Having a former DUI prosecutor start helping with your case now, allows you to get back to what’s most important, your life.
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Refusal of a Breath Test
Below is video from inside a jail. There a cop is administering Florida’s Implied Consent warning, This warning is given prior to requesting a suspect to take a breath test on an Intoxilyzer breath machine.
Breath Test Refusal Update
What do police officers do when arrested for DUI and asked to take a breath test or perform Field Sobriety Exercises?
We have again found out what cops do when arrested for DUI. Here is an update from a 2016 article. “In the 2016 arrest report, a Pinellas sheriff’s deputy wrote that Green’s eyes appeared “glossy” and his balance unsteady. He refused to submit to a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer test to measure his blood alcohol-level.”
In the past ten years, this topic is of interest to many of our viewers. The breath test is voluntary if the arresting officer properly informs suspects of their options. One court ruled that where the cop misinformed a DUI suspect that he would be eligible for a hardship license if he submitted to a breath test. The cop also told him he would not be eligible if he refused the test.
Due to misinformation, it could not be proven that suspect’s decision to submit to the test was not influenced by misinformation; the state has failed to prove that submission to test was voluntary. Tthe test results were not allowed in the proceeding. Source: FLW Supp 1703Perd