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Man gets DUI retrial after alleged juror misconduct

A Florida man who was convicted for another man's death in 2012 after allegedly driving under the influence is getting a second chance at proving his innocence. He was previously sentenced to 16 years for the DUI death; however, the conviction was thrown out due to the fact that there was alleged juror misconduct. Even after being convicted, the man is adamant regarding his innocence.

Prosecuting attorneys are claiming that the man was under the influence when his vehicle pushed the other vehicle into the canal. He had supposedly been at The Players Club where he ran up a tab of more than $270. When tested later, his BAC was over double what the Florida legal limit is.

Florida man may be facing DUI charges after boating accident

A recent Florida boating accident has left a woman dead and two others injured. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, it may result in DUI charges for one of the drivers of the boats involved. Unfortunately, this means that one man's freedom is at stake. 

The accident reportedly happened late one recent evening. Apparently, there was a large 68-foot boat that was traveling north and a smaller 27-foot boat headed south. They were both in the inter-coastal waterway when they collided.

John Goodman DUI retrial faces juror misconduct in Florida

Everybody who is accused of a crime in our country is entitled to a fair trial before an impartial court. This is why influential businessman, John Goodman, will be having a second trial in his DUI case in Florida. As previously reported on this blog in September, the cause of the new trial order was juror misconduct. Now that the second trial is underway, another incident of juror misconduct has been raised.

As a result of the original trial, a juror was convicted of misconduct and even sentenced to spend time behind bars. During the jury selection phase of the retrial, one potential juror was arrested for searching the Internet for information regarding the case. Allegedly, this prospective juror then spoke to another individual on the jury panel about what he had reportedly discovered online. Misconduct by jurors can easily infringe upon the rights of an accused individual, particularly in a case with broad-based media coverage. 

Florida woman may face DUI charges after accident

It is easy to make assumptions. For example, it is easy for police officers to assume that a young woman driving in the early morning hours who gets involved in a car accident may be under the influence of alcohol. However, assumptions are not enough to charge someone with DUI. Police officers in Florida say that a young woman will likely face such a charge after an accident involving a police officer.

According to preliminary reports, the accident happened at approximately 4 a.m. one morning in early October. Police claim that a 24-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. They believe that she struck the driver side of a police car and that the policeman had the right-of-way.

Man said to fail field sobriety exercise, charged with DUI

It can be extremely unnerving when a driver is pulled over by authorities in Florida. In some cases, an officer may misinterpret one's reactions to being pulled over. This could lead to the officer suspecting that the individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A field sobriety exercise may be administered, a test which even an individual without a drop of alcohol in their system can fail.

A 56-year-old Florida man is currently in jail after his vehicle is said to have hit a 22-year-old man. Police blame him for the recent crash that critically injured the young man. The man was reportedly walking when the accident occurred.

Man was supposedly drinking and driving when he hit a pedestrian

Many accidents can be extremely frightening. This is true whether one is involved in the accident, sees it happen or sees pictures or videos of the aftermath. For someone who is accused of causing an accident after drinking and driving, the potential consequences they may face can be that much more frightening. This may be the predicament that a Florida man now finds himself in.

A 56-year-old man was traveling on a local roadway, and his vehicle reportedly hit a 22-year-old man, who was then rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. The older man is said to have left the accident scene and drove home. However, he later returned to the site of the accident to inform authorities that he was the person who struck the man previously.

You do have options when facing a driver's license suspension

In Florida, there are a number of reasons that you may have your driver's license suspended. You may have failed to pay a traffic-related fine, or you could have received too many points on your driving record. Some people face a driver's license suspension because they are charged with DUI.

Although every single case is different in nature, the basic guideline for a suspension for a first-time conviction of DUI in Florida is as little as 180 days and as much as one year. It is possible that you will face other consequences, such as probation and community service. The penalties increase dramatically with each subsequent DUI conviction. Eventually, you may face the consequence of never driving again.

High school teacher accused of drinking and driving in Florida

Some mistakes can have serious consequences, especially when driving on the road. One common mistake drivers make is to drive after having a few too many drinks. One high school teacher is being accused of drinking and driving after he was pulled over by law enforcement agents in Florida recently.

The 24-year-old man who was just hired as a Social Studies teacher at a local hospital had allegedly been pulled over as he was traveling down the wrong way on the freeway. The incident, which occurred in mid-September, was one in a series of reported incidents that involved drivers going in the wrong direction. In this particular incident, there was no collision reported and there were no injuries or deaths.

Florida man reportedly causes crash, faces DUI charges

A 36-year-old man reportedly caused a car accident on a recent Saturday night in Florida. As a result, he is facing DUI charges. Regardless, the accused man remains innocent before the court until and only if prosecuting attorneys can prove him guilty according to the exacting standards of our criminal justice system.

Reportedly, it was raining on the night of the crash. Police say the man was driving too fast in his Mercedes and was unable to keep his vehicle from striking a vehicle in front of him. The Honda in front of him was apparently attempting to make a U-turn. Neither of the drivers suffered serious injuries, and a passenger in the Mercedes was not injured.

Field sobriety tests are commonly used, but not entirely accurate

It is safe to say that most, if not all, Florida drivers are aware that driving while under the influence of any impairing substance is not without consequence. Officers who believe a driver is impaired can initiate a traffic stop and perform a series of roadside tests. These are known as field sobriety tests which, while commonly used, are not always entirely accurate.

There is a list of standard and non-standard sobriety tests officers tend to use in a traffic stop. Most will use the three standardized tests -- the horizontal gaze nystagmus test or HGN, the walk-and-turn and the one-leg stand. Each of these test a driver's ability to focus, follow directions and balance.

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