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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
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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

What is probable cause for a DUI stop in Florida?

You’re driving home along a Florida highway after attending a going-away party for a colleague and you see the red light in the mirror. Yes, you’ve had a bit to drink but not so much that you think you’re legally drunk.

So can you be pulled over?

The officer must have had reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. An officer with reasonable suspicion can briefly detain someone to conduct a short investigation. If that investigation leads to the belief that a driver has been drinking, the officer can conduct a Breathalyzer or a field sobriety test.

So just what qualifies as reasonable suspicion? It’s when an officer observes any of the following, but be aware there are additional qualifications:

  • Drifting between lanes
  • Straddling the center line
  • Making an illegal turn
  • Driving slowly or erratically
  • Braking frequently
  • Nearly colliding with cars or objects
  • Stopping for no clear reason

Reasonable suspicion can occur even if an officer didn’t observe the person driving. An officer can conduct a field sobriety test in the instance, for example, of a car accident or if a driver is found unconscious while sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car.

Reasonable suspicion allows an officer to pull over a driver, but the tougher standard of probable cause must be present to make an arrest. With probable cause, the officers believe they have sufficient evidence to believe a crime – in this case driving under the influence – has been committed.

There is a small distinction between reasonable suspicion and probable cause, but it’s important.

If you are arrested on DUI charges, an attorney can help you review your traffic stop and help build your defense.