Client of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins Has Sarasota DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

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Client of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins Has DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving.

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DUI Lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo

Upon receipt of Ms. Rizzo’s motion, the State Attorney’s office agreed to drop the DUI charges to reckless driving.

Sarasota DUI defense attorney AnneMarie Rizzo from the law firm Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins recently was able to get DUI charges against her client reduced to reckless driving, with adjudication withheld.

According to court documents, the driver was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol because her tag light was out, which is a non moving, equipment violation. During the stop, the trooper noted an odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech. He requested that the driver perform field sobriety tests, and she complied. Based on the performance on the field sobriety tests, the trooper believed the driver to be under the influence of alcohol. He arrested her and transported her to jail, where she was asked to take a breath test. She refused.

Upon her release from jail, the defendant retained Sarasota DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo, who began her own investigation immediately. This investigation uncovered potential legal issues and improperly followed procedures with the stop and arrest.

According to the court documents, attorney Rizzo filed a motion to suppress the evidence based upon these findings, and set the case for trial. Upon receipt of Ms. Rizzo’s motion, the State Attorney’s office agreed to drop the DUI charges to reckless driving, withholding adjudication. The client not only avoided a DUI conviction, but is now also able to expunge her record.

AnneMarie Rizzo

A former Assistant State Attorney, Florida criminal and DUI defense lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo has extensive trial experience, earning a reputation as an aggressive client advocate. Currently rated “Superior” (10 out of 10) by independent lawyer rating service, she has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state of Florida regarding evidence-based prosecution 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

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins

Founded in 2004, Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins is a Florida criminal defense law firm. Its team of aggressive attorneys fights cases involving DUI, 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

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

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