Florida DUI Lawyer AnnMarie Rizzo Gets Charges Reduced from Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury to a Misdemeanor DUI

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Client of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins Avoids Formal Arrest, Jail and Pleads Down from Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury to Misdemeanor Charges.

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DUI Lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo

The client avoided arrest and a felony conviction, and did not have to spend any time in jail.

In a recent case in Manatee County, Florida DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo of the law firm Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins successfully convinced prosecutors to reduce felony DUI with serious bodily injury charges against her client and allow him to plea to misdemeanor DUI charges.

According to court documents, the driver was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which his car struck a motorcycle. During the crash investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, the trooper noticed signs which he believed pointed to the driver being under the influence of alcohol to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired. Because the motorcyclist was seriously injured in the accident, the trooper forced a blood draw on the driver. He was not arrested at the time of the accident, pending the results of the blood alcohol test.

After the accident, the driver contacted and hired DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins for representation in his pending case. If arrested, this would be his third DUI offense within a 10-year period, which carries a felony charge and prison time. Attorney Rizzo contacted the trooper to discuss the investigation and open channels of communication. She also challenged the civil citation to give her client a strategic advantage for the criminal case. When the blood test results returned from the FDLE showing a 0.121 blood alcohol level (over the legal limit), Ms. Rizzo contacted the prosecutor’s office to avoid a formal arrest of her client and to negotiate a deal in her client’s best interest.

After gathering all the evidence, attorney Rizzo presented legal defenses to the prosecutor and was able to persuade them to allow her client to plead to misdemeanor DUI. The client avoided arrest and a felony conviction, and did not have to spend any time in jail.

The attorneys of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins have posted additional information here about DUI with Serious Bodily Injury charges and possible sentences here: http://www.fightyourdui.com/dui_defense/dui-bodily-injury.aspx.

More Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins case results can be found here: http://www.fightyourdui.com/caseresults.aspx.

AnneMarie Rizzo
A former Assistant State Attorney, criminal and DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo has been given a “Superb” (10 out of 10) rating on the independent rating service Avvo.com, 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 & Higgins on the criminal defense side, protecting the rights of clients. (For additional information about DUI 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 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. The firm has offices throughout Florida in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and Clearwater. For more information about the firm and criminal defense attorney AnneMarie Rizzo, go to http://www.fightyourdui.com.

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