Articles Tagged with Broward DUI defense lawyer

Driving under the influence typically means driving under the influence of alcohol.  However, F.S. 316.193 also provides that one could be found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs.  This includes illicit street drugs and prescription narcotics.

DUI Drugs South Florida In the case of a DUI drugs in South Florida, it doesn’t matter if you have a valid prescription or not.  If you do not have valid prescription, and you have the drugs in your vehicle or on your person at the time of your arrest, you could also be charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, but it would not have bearing on your DUI drugs charge. Continue reading

According to a recent news report from TC Palm, Florida Representative Cary Pigman is now on probation after being convicted on DUI charges.  He pleaded no contest to a single charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was not sentenced to any jail time, but he was sentenced instead to one year of probation.

Broward DUI defense He also has his driver’s license suspended for a period of six months and was ordered to pay a fine.  In his case, the fine was $500.  He was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and attend a traffic alcohol program with an emphasis on driving. Continue reading

A South Florida woman was facing 20 years in prison for DUI manslaughter in case that stemmed from the deaths of two pedestrians. In fact, sentencing guidelines called for her to spend at least that long. Instead, as part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to challenger her defense attorney’s request to ask the judge to go below those guidelines. Still, prosecutors asked for 10 years, while defense attorney asked for four. Instead, the judge handed down a five-year prison term.sad

According to the Sun Sentinel, Alyza Russell, then just 23, was reportedly driving her mother’s brand new Porsche in downtown Fort Lauderdale when she lost control of the car and careened through a cluster of bushes and into a parking lot – killing two men who were standing in the parking lot, talking with a group of friends. At the scene, Russell reportedly began screaming, “What have I done?!” Authorities say her blood-alcohol level at the time was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Russell has reportedly since her arrest gone on to graduate from Florida International University with a degree in international relations. Now 25, she made the dean’s list and landed a job as a research associate at a firm in Miami. She also completed several online courses offered by Harvard, Princeton, Yale and MIT and recently applied to graduate school. Although these facts to not automatically make her case go away, they are likely part of what the courts refer to as “mitigating circumstances.”  Continue reading