Client Acquitted of DUI Charges, Represented by Florida DUI Defense Attorneys Darren Finebloom and AnneMarie Rizzo

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A client of Finebloom & Haenel, P.A., charged with DUI, was acquitted this week due to efforts by Florida DUI defense attorneys Darren Finebloom and AnneMarie Rizzo.

After final arguments, the jury left to deliberate and returned within 19 minutes with a verdict of not guilty.

In trial this week, DUI defense attorneys Darren Finebloom and AnneMarie Rizzo successfully won an acquittal on DUI charges for their client.

According to court documents, the defendant was stopped by a Sarasota Sheriff’s DUI officer at night after working a full St. Patrick’s Day holiday event at a local Irish bar establishment. The officer’s report states that he made the stop because Finebloom & Haenel’s client, traveling at 25 mph in a 30 mph zone, was proceeding too fast for road conditions, based on pedestrian traffic. The deputy’s report also noted that he observed an odor of alcohol about the defendant, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred, groggy speech. The defendant admitted to drinking three pints of beer, but no time frame was given.

According to court documents, the officer asked Finebloom & Haenel’s client to step out of his vehicle and perform five field sobriety tests. The officer, considered a drug-impairment recognition expert as well as a member of the specialized DUI squad, believed the defendant to be impaired and a DUI arrest was made. The defendant refused the breath test, believing the machines to be unreliable, but repeatedly requested a blood test be performed to prove that he was not under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, at trial, the state attorney’s office argued that the defendant was impaired, based upon the field sobriety tests and the refusal of the breath test. The aggressive DUI defense attorneys Darren Finebloom and AnneMarie Rizzo argued that their client actually performed well on these tests, showing more than 50 signs of non-impairment, and was driving carefully for the conditions of the roads that evening. After final arguments, the jury left to deliberate and returned within 19 minutes with a verdict of not guilty.

Darren Finebloom
DUI and criminal defense attorney Darren Finebloom combines extensive trial experience with a personal commitment to protecting his clients’ rights. He received his Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he graduated with honors. A former Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Florida, he currently serves as president of the Sarasota chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Finebloom holds the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been given a “Superb” (10 out of 10) rating by clients and peers on attorney rating service Avvo.

AnneMarie Rizzo
A former Assistant State Attorney, criminal and DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo has extensive trial experience in the state of Florida and has earned a reputation as an aggressive and zealous client advocate. She has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state regarding evidence-based prosecution and trial advocacy in the areas of criminal traffic and domestic violence. A graduate of University of Florida and University of Florida Levin College of Law, she now works with Finebloom & Haenel on the criminal defense side, protecting the rights of clients.

Finebloom & Haenel, P.A.
Founded in 2004, Finebloom & Haenel, P.A. is a Florida criminal defense law firm, representing more than 150 drivers charged with DUI annually. Its team of aggressive attorneys also fights cases involving traffic tickets, drug charges, juvenile offenses, battery and other crimes. Telephone calls are answered seven days a week, and case consultations are free. Based in Tampa and Sarasota, the firm also has offices throughout Florida in Clearwater and Orlando. For more information about the firm and criminal defense attorneys AnneMarie Rizzo and Darren Finebloom, go to


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