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A Former Prosecutor — Who Knows How To Win

With 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I know how to get positive results for clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. With insider knowledge and a drive to win, I am the attorney defendants turn to when dismissal — and freedom — is their goal.

High Rate Of Dismissals And Acquittals

Recognized by the Equal Justice Foundation for my “high rate of
acquittals and dismissals” in domestic violence cases.

Former Domestic Violence/Sex Assault Prosecutor

With a background in criminal prosecution, I have the know-how and insight
to stand-up for your constitutional rights.

Domestic Violence Defense

Falsely accused? Misunderstood? Targeted by a spiteful significant other?
I can help.

Sexual Assault Defense

I don’t judge. I provide mitigating evidence to the
court to paint a complete, accurate picture.

2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
The national top 100 trail lawyers
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
The national top 100 trail lawyers
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

Can Florida police search your car at a DUI checkpoint?

You’re driving along on a beautiful, summer evening in Florida, and as you look ahead on the road, you realize there’s only one thing keeping you from getting home from the nightclub: a police roadblock. You’re unsure of the reason for the stop, but begin to feel nervous even before you come in contact with the officers at the checkpoint. Since the actually stop is still three or four vehicles ahead of yours, you conduct a quick check to make sure you have your driver’s license and proof of vehicle registration and insurance.

When you get to the front of the checkpoint traffic line, an officer approaches your driver’s side window. You roll it down and are told police are conducting a brief sobriety check for all passing motorists. You recently read about such roadblocks; police often claim they help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents in the state by implementing DUI checkpoints, especially during holiday weekends and other occasions typically known for increased drunk driving incidents.

What are your rights at police checkpoints?

Researching drunk driving laws and personal rights protected under the U.S. Constitution can help you avoid problems at police roadblocks. Here are some crucial points to remember where DUI checkpoints are concerned:

  • Yes, you have to stop at a roadblock. In fact, police usually monitor traffic approaching their checkpoints, so be aware of this fact if ideas to evade the block enter your mind.
  • Officers often make basic requests at DUI checkpoints, such as asking you to show your driver’s license or vehicle registration card.
  • If you’re asked to step out of your car, or police request permission to search you or your vehicle, it’s a game-changer. They may not conduct a search without probable cause and/or a valid search warrant.
  • The court often allows DUI checkpoint evidence in court; remember this if police arrest you at a roadblock.

Many people get arrested for DUI in Florida because of some type of misunderstanding. Such situations are often quickly rectified, and no permanent damage is done to personal reputations or futures. Other incidents don’t produce the same results. In fact, some people lose their freedom for long periods of time and carry drunk driving convictions on their criminal records for the rest of their lives. You obviously don’t want to be part of the latter group. 

One of the best ways to avoid DUI checkpoint problems is to abstain from alcohol if you plan to drive a motor vehicle. If police arrest you and charge you with drunk driving, and you believe they violated your personal rights, you can bring the situation to the immediate attention of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can challenge proffered evidence in such cases in court, which may lead to dismissal of charges.