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Prominent businessman to face DUI retrial in Florida

Upholding the proper legal process is of utmost importance. This ensures that defendants receive a fair trial and that they are presumed innocent during all stages of the trial procedd. It seems that there was an error in the legal process connected with the DUI case of a prominent millionaire businessman in Florida, who is known for having a passion for the sport of polo.

The businessman was initially convicted of DUI manslaughter as well as vehicular homicide in his first trial which occurred in March 2012. However, the 49-year-old man was able to successfully appeal the verdict. He argued that his trial was unfairly biased against him due to juror misconduct. Apparently, one of the jurors failed to inform the parties that one of the juror's former wives was arrested for DUI during the jury selection process.

Woman facing 21 years of incarceration for felony DUI charge

A Florida woman who was allegedly driving a vehicle that was involved in a car accident in Jan. 2014 is now facing as many as 21 years behind bars. She has been charged with DUI with associated property damage as well as DUI manslaughter, which is a felony DUI charge. These charges come after the accident in which her passenger was killed. On Sept. 2, 2014, she entered a plea of no contest to the aforementioned charges.

Apparently, she was driving the vehicle early that morning when she lost control of her car after striking the roadside curb. The vehicle struck both a mailbox as well as a utility pole. Reportedly, the car struck these items at a very high rate of speed on the passenger side. The impact of the crash killed her 25-year-old male passenger.

Driver has felony DUI charges dropped in Florida

It can be intimidating to be charged with a crime by prosecutors. This is particularly true if the charges are related to a fatal car accident. One man was facing exactly this after he allegedly caused a crash last year in Florida. However, the man has recently been able to have the felony DUI charge against him dropped by prosecutors.

Apparently, the blood samples taken from the defendant were questionable, according to state experts as well as defense attorneys. Due to the concerns over the validity of the blood samples taken from the driver hours following the crash, the prosecutors decided to drop the DUI manslaughter charges they had previously filed against the defendant. The car crash resulted in five deaths, including the deaths of three teenagers.

Greyhound Bus driver allegedly failed a DUI field sobriety test

The driver of a Greyhound Bus was recently arrested for a DUI by the Florida Highway Patrol. It is unclear what, if any, chemical tests were used, although he apparently failed a DUI field sobriety test. Greyhound Bus Lines have also reported that they will be running an investigation alongside the police.

At about 8:30 p.m., a passenger on the Greyhound Bus called 911 to report that the driver was acting strangely. The female passenger claimed that the driver seemed fidgety and even said that they witnessed a car almost run out of its lane by the bus. She also noted that he was continually placing his head against the bus' steering wheel.

Passenger calls police, bus driver hit with DUI in Florida

When a person is in charge of driving a commercial passenger bus, he or she is responsible for the safety and lives of the passengers and others in or near the roadway. Just as with other motor vehicles, it is against the law to drive a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One bus driver in Florida has been charged with DUI under somewhat unique circumstances.

The incident occurred in late August when the driver of a Greyhound Bus was arrested for driving under the influence. A concerned passenger on the bus was the first to alert the police. The caller apparently claimed that the bus driver was operating the bus in a reckless manner. The passenger reportedly told the operator that the driver had almost ran another vehicle off the road and had been fidgeting for about 90 minutes for some reason.

Man arrested for DUI after allegedly failing variety of tests

A Florida police officer said that he took notice of a truck that was approaching his cruiser. He said that the truck was driving at a speed over the posted speed limit. However, the truck driver was also dragging a tree behind his vehicle. The 21-year-old truck driver was pulled over after that. Now, the man faces a DUI charge.

The officer said that the man appeared to have slurred speech and glassy eyes. He also said that he could smell alcohol. The man supposedly submitted to field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. It was reported that he was unable to stand straight and would not walk a straight line. However, in some cases, individuals who are sober can't perform these tasks due to issues with balance.

Teen facing felony DUI after allegedly killing man in crash

Some of our readers here in Florida receive the delivery of their local newspaper every morning. Earlier this year, though, some people who were expecting their newspaper one morning in or around Tampa may not have received their paper on time due to a tragic accident. On Feb. 2, a man who delivered The Tampa Tribune was involved in an accident that supposedly was not his fault. Now, the other driver is facing a felony DUI charge.

According to authorities, a 17-year-old girl ran a red light. When she did this, she struck the vehicle of the 52-year-old newspaper delivery man. The man passed away approximately 90 minutes following the car accident, which occurred as he was exiting Interstate 4.

Woman allegedly crashes into The Rock's mom, now faces DUI charge

A recent crash in Florida involved the mother and cousin of Dwayne Johnson, who is also known as “The Rock." The alleged DUI crash occurred on Aug. 2 when a woman is said to have run two stoplights. The police say that she previously fled a recent traffic stop and was reportedly being chased by authorities.

The actor and former wrestler’s 65-year-old mother was hospitalized. The extent of her injuries was not released. Although the cousin was also hospitalized, the length of her stay and the extent of her injuries were not released either. As for the woman who supposedly put them in the hospital, she reportedly suffered injuries to her face and was transported to a local hospital.

After a DUI charge, a hardship license is only temporary

Many places in America rely more heavily on privately-owned vehicles than on public transportation. Because of this, perhaps one of the most frightening consequences of a DUI charge is the possibility of losing your license. Upon issuing a citation for DUI, a Florida officer will automatically take your driver’s license, and you will then have to rely upon the citation itself as a hardship license. However, that type of license is temporary and only lasts for 10 days, so to possibly avoid further suspension of your license, it is important to act quickly.

If you live in an area with little to no public transportation, your entire well-being — including traveling to and from work or even the grocery store — can be at risk. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) only grants a 10-day period during which you are able to request a hearing to review and ultimately challenge whether or not your license should have been suspended in the first place. At the close of this 10-day period, if you have not requested this type of review hearing, you will have forfeited your legal right to challenge the suspension.

What is a DUI field sobriety test and what should I expect?

Facing a possible DUI traffic stop can be intimidating. While pretty much everyone has heard about a DUI field sobriety test, few may actually know what this test entails. As law enforcement agencies across Florida are constantly on the lookout for impaired drivers, understanding the procedures and what is being looked for during this test can provide a bit of comfort during a somewhat frightening experience. Having a strong knowledge of the test can also help those suspected of DUI know that the officers followed proper protocol.

Field sobriety tests have been around for quite some time. They were developed in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort for police officers to evaluate drivers who are believed to be impaired. A standardized field sobriety test typically consists of three separate parts that are performed in a specific order.

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