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Jun28

Anchoring Effect: The Mind is Biased by First Impressions..and How It Affects Jury’s At Trail

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Anchoring Effect: The Mind is Biased by First Impressions..and How It Affects Jury’s At Trail

I recently read a psychological article that dealt with biased first impressions, called the “Anchoring Effect”. As a DUI trial attorney it was a stark realization that no matter how hard we fight to educate the public and law enforcement, the old adage “you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression” resonates [...]

Jun11

Supreme Court Update on Blood Draw for DUI Cases….

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Recently the US Supreme Court was contemplating whether DUI cases and the dissipation of alcohol in the blood constitute exigent circumstances enough to allow law enforcement to perform a warrantless blood draw (see our previous blog). In short, they Supreme Court ruled that DUI’s do not justify warrantless blooddraw! McNeeley v. Missori: McNeely was stopped [...]

Jun05

Government monitoring your brain waves to prevent DUI ???

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Government monitoring your brain waves to prevent DUI ???

Scientific Solution to DUI: A Brain Waive Skull Cap You Must Wear to Operate Your Car Alcohol’s ability to impair psychomotor performance and to produce behavioral changes has been well documented throughout history. The use and especially perceived abuse of alcohol has always had a negative impact on society. spawning such activist groups as Mothers [...]

May22

Police “Cry Wolf” and abuse the system to arrest for DUI

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Police “Cry Wolf” and abuse the system to arrest for DUI

The RAMPANT over use of the Community Care Taker Doctrine to arrest law abiding citizens for DUI… The community caretaker doctrine is an exception to the general requirement of a warrantless detention must be based upon articulable and reasonable suspicion that a crime has transpired or is about to transpire. The Doctrine is intended for [...]

May16

Junior Mints are NOT the only thing left in patients after surgery

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Junior Mints are NOT the only thing left in patients after surgery

In 1993, the Jerry Seinfeld TV show aired an episode in which a patient had a Junior Mint sewed up inside of him by inadvertent mistake. That TV parody is one of many historic episodes that propelled the show into tv lore. Today with the advances in modern medicine, how often does something get sewn [...]

May10

WATCH OUT!!! FHP announces checkpoints to begin

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WATCH OUT!!! FHP announces checkpoints to begin

The Florida Highway Patrol (“FHP”) recently announced that they will begin two (2) types of checkpoints. They will conduct either “Drivers License” or “Vehicle Safety Inspections” checkpoints. Pursuant to their policy (FHP Policy 17.07, attached at the bottom of this post) Troopers are authorized to conduct EITHER a Drivers license checkpoint OR a Vehicle Safety [...]

May03

Pedestrians Crossing Roadway, Should Be Safe But Is Often Dangerous

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Pedestrians Crossing Roadway, Should Be Safe But Is Often Dangerous

This last Sunday, February 3, 2013, an eight year old child was struck and killed as she attempted to cross Busch Boulevard in Tampa, Fl. The Honda Pilot that struck the child was unable to see the small child crossing the road according to Tampa Bay Online. The child died Sunday night after surgery. [...]

Apr30

X Games Star Injuries Similar to Injury from Auto Acidents

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X Games Star Injuries Similar to Injury from Auto Acidents

X Games Star Injury similar to Brain Injury from Automobile Accidents At the recent 2013 ESPN X Games star, Caleb Moore was severely injured and died on January 31, 2012 as a result of injuries he suffered in a crash in the freestyle snowmobile event at the X games one week ago. One of Caleb’s [...]

Apr22

Pinellas County Judge Rules in Favor of Protecting Rights

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Pinellas County Judge Rules in Favor of Protecting Rights

Recently Judge Kelly, a Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge, entered a ruling that resulted in Pinellas County law enforcement to video tape all HGN tests and prohibits law enforcement from hiding possible exculpatory evidence, according to TBO.com. Judge Kelly states “Having an officer testify about evidence intentionally not recorded, whether exculpatory or only potentially useful, [...]

Apr15

Do road side Olympics really test normal faculties?

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Do road side Olympics really test normal faculties?

If you are as confused by big fancy lawyer words, like most of the potential jurors that we have an opportunity to meet and talk with, then this post is for you. Aggressive DUI defense starts with knowledge. Knowledge is important not only with the attorney you hire but it is vital for you when [...]

Apr10

DUI and Smart Phones

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With the advances in smart phone technology that has translated to a dramatic increase in alcohol relates apps. There are 122 different alcohol related apps and 22 apps that relate to BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) specifically. 3 iPhone DUI and DWI Apps for Measuring Blood Alcohol Intoxication Levels Responsible drinking begins with proper planning. Everyone [...]

Apr06

More Bad News for BP

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A brand new study found the dispersant used to break up the 200 million gallons of crude oil from the BP oil in the Gulf of Mexico is deadlier to some coral species than the oil itself. A new Laboratory study by Mote Marine, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota, FL 34236, examined how coral larvae reacted to the mixture of oil and Corexit, that is the chemical used to break up the oil.

Apr04

Warrantless Blood Draw, The Ultimate Violation of Your 4TH Amendment Right

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Warrantless Blood Draw, The Ultimate Violation of Your 4TH Amendment Right

On January 9, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a critical area of DUI litigation. The case of Missiouri v. McNeeley (No. 11-1425) concerns a citizens Fourth Amendment rights and guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. In [...]

Mar31

New Year, Same Story. Redlights, Distracted Driving, and more

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The Herald Tribune reported that an 80 year old Ellenton Man was killed Monday morning when his pickup truck was hit by a semi-truck at U.S. 41 at Haben Boulevard.  Police indicated that the semi-truck driver ran a red light and crashed into the pickup, causing this horrific auto accident.  The driver of the pickup [...]

Mar26

Whiplash at low speeds? Now Proven Science

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A recent article published by Technology Associates discusses the true possibility of injury in low speed rear-end automobile accidents. The scenario that many people injured in an automobile accident encounter involves a rear impact collision at a red light where a driver’s vehicle is struck unexpectedly. Often times, there may be little or no [...]

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