We Are Proud to Announce...
On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark DUI case of Missouri v. McNeely. In so doing, Chief Justice Roberts cited Mr. Whited's treatise Drinking/Driving Litigation (2d ed. 2006) as authority in the field.
GREAT WEEK AT THE FIRM
First off two DUI cases were dropped by the state this week. Both dismissals are results of Motions to Suppress filed challenging the illegal detention of my clients. One of the clients was asleep at the wheel when ordered out of the vehicle by the police. This case went to a hearing before one of the local judges who granted our motion to suppress. Having no evidence the state was forced to dismiss the charges.
The second case resulted in an outright dismissal by the prosecutor. They reviewed our twenty-three page Motion to Suppress and agreed the stop was illegal. The prosecutor agreed that the driving pattern was insufficient to justify the officer's stop of my client. The case was dismissed before it came before the judge.
Another two cases resulted in reductions of the DUI charge to Reckless driving. In one case the clients breath alcohol level was 248 and this was their second offense in the past five years. Again, the prosecutor agreed that the driving observed by the officer was insufficient to justify the stop. The other case involved another complicated legal issue. The question was whether there was actually an crash. That is significant as unless there was a crash the officer was required by statute to observe the defendant driving. If there was no crash then the officer had to observe the defendant behind the wheel. The prosecutor was faced with evidence showing there was no crash and agreed to the amendment of the DUI charge to Reckless driving, Clients BAC exceeded 260 BAC.
CONSULTATIONS ARE ALWAYS FREE
If you have been accused of drunk driving, it is critical to take the matter seriously. A conviction can have a serious impact on your life. It can affect your job, your insurance rates, security clearance and your criminal record.
That's why it is critical to work with an experienced and knowledgeable DUI defense attorney — a seasoned lawyer who knows every aspect of a drunk driving case. At the Whited Law Firm, this is what we offer our clients.
Over the past 25 years, attorney Fleming Whited has been recognized as a leader in DUI defense. He has served over 150 continuing legal education seminars in 30 states, and was presented the National College's Richard Erwin Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Whited literally wrote the book on DUI. He has published numerous articles, books and reference materials, many of which are used by other lawyers seeking to learn the law on drunk driving.
Mr. Whited is AV rated under Martindale Hubbell's peer rating system. Peer ratings evaluate a lawyer's professional ability and ethical approach to the practice of law, and only a small percentage of lawyers qualify for an AV rating. He is also listed as a Super Lawyer in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.
With a record of accomplishments — including having charges dismissed, dropped to lesser offenses and not guilty verdicts for clients — it's no wonder that the Orlando Sentinel has labeled Mr. Whited “The drunken driver's best friend.” All the lawyers in the Whited Law Firm are seasoned veterans. Each one has been hand picked by Mr. Whited based upon his or her individual experience and skills. We handle drunk driving cases based on a team approach, working together to build strong and effective defenses for our clients. Together, we address all aspects of the legal problem, from the initial traffic stop to the collection of blood and breath test evidence and in-court witness testimony.
Contact a Daytona Beach DUI Attorney
If you have been accused of driving under the influence, talking with a lawyer is critical. Schedule an appointment with one of our Florida DUI attorneys by calling 386-253-7865 or completing our online contact form. We offer free, confidential and non-judgmental consultations to answer your questions and discuss the options available to you. We welcome your call.