Seeking to Protect Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Polk County
Payment Plans are Available for DUI Defense in Polk County
The Polk County DUI attorneys with Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins focus mainly on DUI’s in Florida. Their attorneys have been handling Florida DUI cases for nearly ten years, and they will fight aggressively to challenge evidence and attempt to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.
- Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins have been fighting DUI charges for over 10 Years and they focus their practice on DUI Defense
- David Haenel is a Former State DUI Prosecuting Attorney
- David Haenel is the former 2004 State of Florida DUI Prosecutor of the Year
- Florida DUI attorney David Haenel is the author of “Florida DUI Survival Guide: A Citizen’s Protective Manual”
- Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins have published five books on Florida DUI Defense
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It is very important that you begin working on your defense as soon as possible. Your license is subject to suspension by the State of Florida within only ten days of your arrest. The Polk County DUI lawyers with Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins will do their best to challenge this revocation of your license, and will work to hopefully preserve your driving privileges. If you do not act quickly, you may end up losing your license for up to 18 months. An aggressive DUI lawyer who is familiar with the Polk County DUI process and procedures will be able to answer your questions, discover any possible defenses, and efficiently prepare your case. The Lakeland DUI lawyers with Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins offer that level of aggressive defense to those facing charges for DUI in the state of Florida. Call the Lakeland DUI lawyers now to schedule your free initial consultation at (813) 699-5665.
Florida DUI Defense in Polk County
According to the DUI law in Florida, a person can be found guilty of the offense of Driving Under the Influence if they are found to be operating a vehicle after having ingested any alcoholic beverage or chemical substance which impairs their ability to drive safely. Signs that normal faculties may be impaired include: a slower reaction time, speeding, weaving on the road, driving too slowly, slurring of speech, glassy eyes, and a difficulty with balance.
Florida is often considered a state with the most severe penalties for DUI in the country. The DUI lawyer you choose to represent you could directly affect the outcome of your DUI case. The consequences of a conviction may include license suspension, probation, fines, court costs, counseling, substance abuse classes, vehicle impoundment, and even jail time. The Lakeland DUI attorneys with Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins can review the facts of your case, including police reports, and possibly find legal reasons to suppress some or all the evidence being used against you. Without strong evidence, the State Attorney may have difficulties proving that you were actually DUI. Contact the Polk County lawyers of Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins to see how they can help!
Polk County DUI Attorneys at Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins
Darren Finebloom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Florida State University, and he graduated with Honors from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Darren has worked in the Public Defender’s Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and he has practiced criminal law with a focus on DUI cases. His extensive experience working in trial, combined with his personal commitment to each case, makes him one of the strongest DUI attorneys in the state of Florida. Lakeland DUI lawyer Darren Finebloom holds the highest available rating (AV Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell and has also been widely recognized as a “Rising Star” in the realm of criminal defense by Super Lawyers magazine.
David Haenel graduated from Widener Law School where he received a Master of Laws Degree from the State University of New York-School of Law in Buffalo. He has worked as a prosecutor, and has even trained other prosecutors and law enforcement on various aspects of Florida traffic-related crimes. He has lectured extensively on the subject of evidentiary breath testing, and completed a Laser Operators Course for the State of Florida. David Haenel is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, and the International Association for Chemical Testing. He has been admitted to practice before the State Courts of Florida and New Jersey, as well as the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. David Haenel is also the author of Florida DUI Survival Guide: a Citizen’s Protective Manual and has also worked on other reference books for attorneys focusing on the latest in DUI defense.
Stephen Higgins has been practicing criminal defense since 2004. He is a graduate of Northeastern University of Boston and received his juris doctor and M.B.A. from Rutgers Law School and Rutgers Graduate School of Business. Attorney Stephen Higgins is a member of the Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bars. He has glowing reviews and endorsements on AVVO, an expert-only legal directory. His focus is on drunk driving cases in Florida, and he has been published in Florida DUI Magazine and has been interviewed by the media to weigh in on DUI and other traffic-related matters.
AnneMarie Rizzo is a former Assistant State Attorney and has valuable trial experience in Florida; she trained with law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, Magna Cum Laude, and she received her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Attorney Rizzo was appointed Special Prosecutor by the Governor of Florida to represent the State of Florida in a 2007 DUI case in Lee County during which she secured a favorable jury verdict.
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DUI Charges Completely Dismissed
Witnesses in the blue arrival terminal of Tampa International Airport alerted Tampa Police officers to a vehicle defendant was operating. Based on the witnesses’ observations, they believed defendant was impaired. Officers arrived observing signs of impairment. Officers arrived and made contact with defendant, noting bloodshot, watery eyes and erratic statements. Defendant was cooperative throughout the incident and agreed to perform field sobriety exercises. After the exercises, he was arrested, provided samples of .000 and .000 and also provide a urine sample. He retained Finebloom, Haenel, & Higgins, who after presenting the defenses to the state attorney, were able to get all charges dropped.
Hillsborough County, FL
Defendant Found NOT GUILTY of DUI Charge in Jury Trial
Defendant found not guilty in less than 20 minutes by jury trial. The Defendant went out with a friend on Thanksgiving weekend. His friend drove to Siesta Key where the Defendant consumed some alcohol between 4-6 beers. Darren Finebloom proved at trial that he took a cab home from Siesta key. Once home he took a prescribed ambien. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a jail cell. Darren Finebloom took the case to trial as the State did not believe the defense. Darren Finebloom and Anne Marie Rizzo presented their case along with expert testimony on sleep driving to the jury. The cops testified they found the Defendant passed out in the drive thru line at McDonalds. The Defendant smelled of alcohol and refused a breath test. Once final arguments were done the Jury took less than 20 minutes to find the Defendant not guilty.
Sarasota County, FL
DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving No Conviction
The Defendant was stopped at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for erratic driving. He was subsequently requested to perform field sobriety tests. The Defendant refused to cooperate with the police investigation. He was arrested for DUI. Darren Finebloom set the case for trial and the state reduced the DUI to reckless driving.
Sarasota County, FL
3rd DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving
The Defendant was charged with a third offense DUI. DUI Lawyer Darren Finebloom was able to keep the case in misdemeanor court. The Defendant was alleged to have been driving northbound on US 301 on a flat tire with no headlights or taillights. The Defendant performed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. The state was seeking one year in jail. Darren Finebloom tried the case two times both hung juries. Based on the fact that no jury could convict the Defendant the State of Florida finally dropped the DUI and the Defendant plead to reckless driving with no conviction for DUI.
Manatee County, FL
No Conviction on DUI Charges with BAC of .149
The defendant was stopped for changing lanes without signaling in Sarasota County. The trooper noticed signs of impairment and conducted a DUI investigation. The Defendant was subsequently arrested and blew a .149 and a .138. Darren Finebloom subpoenaed the officer to the DMV hearing in order to obtain testimony that no traffic violation was committed by the Defendant’s change of lanes. Once obtaining that testimony Darren Finebloom filed a motion to suppress and the State reduced the DUI to a reckless driving with no DUI conviction.
Sarasota County, FL
**Case results and client experiences may vary in each case.
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