DUI Defense Lawyers from Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins Predict That Law Enforcement DUI Checkpoints May Be Set Up for July 4th Holiday

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DUI defense attorneys Darren Finebloom and David Haenel of the criminal defense law firm Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins warn of July 4th law enforcement DUI checkpoints for motorists.

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Citizens have rights when it comes to police DUI checkpoints, and in the event of an arrest, it is extremely important that they know what their rights are, and how the laws of the State of Florida pertain to their arrest.

The Fourth of July holiday is approaching, and along with it, the great possibility that motorists will encounter a law enforcement “DUI checkpoint,” or roadblock. Florida criminal and DUI defense attorneys Darren Finebloom and David Haenel of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins weigh in on the rights of drivers when it comes to a police roadblock.

“DUI checkpoints or roadblocks can be a common occurrence on holidays such as Independence Day,” says DUI defense attorney Darren Finebloom. “It’s a time when law enforcement officers ask drivers to stop, and if the driver is determined to have any sign of impairment (such as even an odor of alcohol on their breath), they may be asked to further submit to field sobriety or even breathalyzer tests to see if they are driving under the influence.”

Officers may block off a heavily traveled road and check cars randomly to search for drivers who they believe to be impaired. To protect the rights of citizens under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, police must follow strict guidelines when conducting a roadblock, as the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that these checkpoints are “seizures.”

“Citizens have rights when it comes to police DUI checkpoints,” says criminal defense lawyer David Haenel. “And in the event of an arrest, it is extremely important that they know what their rights are, and how the laws of the State of Florida pertain to their arrest.”

Penalties for a DUI conviction can be steep, especially if it is a second or third time DUI, or a charge that includes property damage or serious bodily injury. These penalties depend on the seriousness of the offense, the county jurisdiction, and many other factors. It is important for those arrested for DUI or a related charge to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney.

Darren Finebloom
A founding partner at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, DUI and criminal defense lawyer Darren Finebloom has been given a “Superb” (10 out of 10) rating from Avvo.com, the independent attorney rating service. A former Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Florida, Finebloom currently serves as chapter president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Finebloom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and attended law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he graduated with honors.

David Haenel
DUI, traffic ticket and criminal defense lawyer David Haenel is rated “Superb” (10 out of 10) by clients and other attorneys on Avvo.com, and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2010-2011). A founding partner of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, Attorney Haenel is a frequent lecturer on DUI and breath test evidence issues throughout the state of Florida. He graduated in the top of his class from Widener Law School and went on to receive a Master’s of Law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law.

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins
The aggressive Florida Criminal and DUI lawyers at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins use a team approach to defend the rights of their clients. Defending more than 150 DUI cases annually, the firm also passionately fights cases involving license suspensions, drug charges, juvenile offenses, battery and other crimes. Initial client consultations are free, and telephones are answered night and day, seven days a week.

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Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins P.A.
200 N Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins P.A.
3426 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins P.A.
2480 33rd Street, # B
Orlando, FL 32839

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