DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving with No Formal Conviction for Client of Florida DUI Defense Law Firm Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins P.A.

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Florida DUI attorney AnneMarie Rizzo of the law firm Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins recently was able to get charges reduced for her client from DUI to reckless driving, with no formal conviction.

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The prosecutor then agreed to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving. In addition, adjudication was withheld and there was no formal conviction, meaning the charges may be sealed at a later date.

DUI attorney AnneMarie Rizzo, of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, recently represented her client in a DUI case in which the State Attorney’s office reduced the charges to reckless driving with adjudication withheld.

According to court documents, the driver was stopped by a Sarasota County Sheriff’s DUI unit deputy for speeding. The deputy noted these signs of impairment: an odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech. The driver performed field sobriety tests at the request of the deputy, and the report states that he did poorly. At this point, the driver was arrested for DUI and transported to the Sarasota County jail, where he refused to take a breath test.

Attorney AnneMarie Rizzo received a telephone call very early on a Saturday morning, and immediately went to meet with the defendant at the Sarasota County jail. After contacting the authorities, she was able to get her client released from jail with no monetary bond. Ms. Rizzo then conducted her own extensive investigation and began negotiations with the State Attorney’s office. The prosecutor was unwilling to give less than the standard DUI sanctions in the case, so the case was set for trial.

On the eve of trial, Attorney Rizzo was informed that the State had withheld exculpatory evidence benefiting her client. She immediately filed a motion demanding a hearing. The prosecutor then agreed to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving. In addition, adjudication was withheld and there was no formal conviction, meaning the charges may be sealed at a later date.

For more information from the attorneys at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins about DUI arrests and penalties in Florida for DUI convictions, go to: http://www.fightyourdui.com/dui_defense/dui_process.aspx.

AnneMarie Rizzo

A former Assistant State Attorney, Florida criminal and DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo has extensive trial experience, earning a reputation as an zealous and aggressive client advocate. Rated “Superior” (10 out of 10) by independent lawyer rating service Avvo.com, she has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state of Florida 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, Ms. Rizzo now works with Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins on the criminal defense side, protecting the rights of clients. For additional information about DUI and criminal defense attorney AnneMarie Rizzo, go to http://www.fightyourdui.com/AttorneyProfiles/AnneMarie_Rizzo.aspx.

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins

Founded in 2004, Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins is a criminal defense law firm serving the state of Florida. Its team of aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys and DUI Lawyers fight cases involving Driving Under the Influence, license suspensions, drug charges, juvenile offenses, battery and other crimes. Telephone calls are answered seven days a week, and case consultations are free. The firm has offices throughout Florida in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and Clearwater. For more information about the firm and criminal defense attorney AnneMarie Rizzo, call 1-800-FIGHT-IT or go to http://www.fightyourdui.com.

Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
200 North Washington Blvd
Sarasota, Fl 34236
(941) 953-2622

Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
3426 West Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Fl 33609
(813) 649-8690

Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
2480 33rd Street, Suite B
Orlando, Fl 32839
(407) 472-1912

Finebloom & Haenel P.A.
4500 140th Avenue North, Suite 101
Clearwater, Fl 33762
(727) 217-9795


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