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

How does the ignition interlock program work in Florida?

You’ve been convicted of a DUI in Florida. The judge orders that you have an ignition interlock device installed in your car if you want to drive again.

This situation is all new to you, and you ask yourself this: Just what is an ignition interlock device and what am I supposed to do with it?

It is just what the name implies: a device that locks your engine if, once you blow into it, alcohol is detected beyond a .025 blood alcohol content (BAC) reading. The car won’t turn on if that’s the case.

If your DUI conviction is your first, the court can order you to have the device installed on your car. If it is your first conviction and your BAC is .20 or higher, or if you have a minor in the car, the judge can order you to have the device for up to six months.

A second conviction will require you to have the device for at least one year – two years if you have as higher BAC or a child in the car. A third conviction will yield a conviction of at least two years.

It is a labor-intensive device, too. About five minutes after you start your car, you must breathe into it again. Every 30 minutes that you’re driving, the interlock will beep for you to breathe into it again. Each breath you take is recorded, and the data is transmitted to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

Look at it this way. If you want to travel from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to a family reunion in Baltimore, for example, that’s about a 15-hour drive. So you’ll have the two quick breaths into the device – then 30 or so more along the journey.

On top of the inconvenience and, let’s face it, embarrassment, there also are costs involved.

In Florida, the installation cost is $70 plus $67.50 a month for as long as you have the device. You also must take your car each month to have the ignition interlock calibrated.

This illustrates that a DUI conviction can be a life-changing event. If you are charged with drunk driving, consult with a Florida attorney experienced in such cases for assistance.