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DUI Cases

DUI Arrest Made in Vero Beach Crash
  • Published: February 18, 2019

An Indian River County woman is facing felony DUI charges after she allegedly drove a vehicle drunk and caused an accident. The accident cost the woman her hand. Doctors amputated the hand after she sustained serious cuts to her hand in the crash. The woman faces charges of DUI causing bodily injury and DUI causing property damage. She has the right to counsel from a Indian River DUI arrest lawyer. The woman allegedly had drinks early in the day before getting behind the wheel. She tried to pass another car on a two-lane road. Officials say the collision was nearly a head-on crash. The woman flew from the vehicle cutting her her hand. Officials say tests reveal that she had a blood alcohol level of .123 shortly after the crash. The woman is currently released on a $10,000 bond. DUI causing bodily…Read More

Florida Man Arrested for DUI Tells Police He Was Only Drinking at Stop Signs
  • Published: August 16, 2018

A Vero Beach man who claimed that he only drank when his vehicle was not moving was recently taken into custody by local police authorities and charged with driving while under the influence. He and anyone facing DUI charges will need the services of an Indian River County DUI defense lawyer. This type of assistance is available from the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland. The Vero Beach motorist was stopped after a woman reported that he had repeatedly bumped into her car. Smelling of alcohol and seated next to a bottle of bourbon, he did not deny that he had been drinking. However, he claimed to only be taking sips while halted at stop signs or lights, and thus not actually “drinking while driving.” His blood alcohol level was found to be nearly twice that allowed under Florida law. In…Read More

Bahamian Not Guilty of Lewd Computer Solicitation and Attempted L&L Battery Based on Entrapment
  • Published: August 8, 2018

A St. Lucie County jury found Lane Reynolds (not his real name) not guilty of lewd computer solicitation and attempted lewd and lascivious battery on August 1, 2018. The same jury found Reynolds guilty of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. This inconsistent verdict was, Attorney Jeffrey Garland believes, based upon government entrapment and jury instruction error. The conviction was set aside due to the jury instruction error on 8/6/18. At that time, Reynolds pled no contest to the unlawful use of a two-way communication device, which is a non-sex offender charge, receiving time served and probation in return. The evidence and testimony showed that St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) investigators posted an “advertisement” on Craigs List, Treasure Coast Personals, in the Consensual Encounters chatroom. The undisputed evidence showed that anyone entering Consensual Encounters had to certify that they…Read More

28 Arrested in Indian River County Traffic Detail Over Memorial Day Weekend
  • Published: June 14, 2018

A special DUI detail that was conducted over the Memorial Day holiday netted 28 arrests in Indian River County. Participating in the detail were the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department and officers from the Sebastian Police Department and Fellsmere Police Department. More than 150 traffic citations were issued by the detail during the holiday weekend, and 28 arrests were made. Those included 17 traffic arrests, seven DUI arrests and four drug arrests. Deputies took one 44-year-old man into custody on an outstanding warrant. He was wanted on charges of domestic battery, assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of crack cocaine and possession of controlled substances. At the time of being taken into custody, the man was allegedly in possession…Read More

Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide, DUI in Connection with September Crash
  • Published: April 16, 2018

Investigators in the Fort Pierce area of Florida stated that a man who was driving drunk was going at a speed of 71 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood when he hit and killed a woman in September 2017. On Monday, March 19, 2018, police arrested the man, who is 39 years old and resides in the 2000 block of North 45th Street in Fort Pierce. They subsequently charged him with vehicular homicide, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily harm and driving under the influence manslaughter. The victim, a 55-year-old woman, was killed on September 1, 2017 when she was struck during the collision, which took place at North 23rd Street and Avenue P, according to the Fort Pierce police. The man was driving a Chevrolet Impala at the time of the incident. He was traveling east…Read More

Woman drove drunk with child, 4 flat tires in Port St. Lucie
  • Published: April 3, 2018

Port St. Lucie police recently arrested a 39-year-old woman who is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol with four flat tires and a child in the back seat of her car. Police reported that the woman was observed driving at about 10 mph in a 40 mph zone. She had a long line of cars behind her. Upon pulling the woman over, police detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. As per the four flat tires, the woman reportedly stated that there was nothing wrong with her vehicle. A Circle K employee had called 911 after the same woman came into the store and was apparently drunk. The driver was taken into custody after reportedly failing field sobriety tests. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child neglect and released…Read More

  • Published: June 9, 2017

A man who maintained that he was the designated driver for his friend ended up arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in St. Lucie County. According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the arrested man was clocked by a deputy sheriff driving a pickup truck a 75 miles-per-hour in a 50 miles-per-hour zone. This occurred on the North Kings Highway on a Friday night.The deputy contended that he smelled alcohol coming from the cab of the pickup when he pulled the vehicle over for speeding. When pulled over by the sheriff’s deputy, the driver announced that he was returning from a bar, after being a designated driver for others. The driver is a 48-year old man who lived in the area. The deputy further noted that the driver has the smell of alcohol on his breath. In addition,…Read More

  • Published: February 8, 2017

A number of St. Lucie County felony arrest were made in the St. Lucie County, Florida area on Thursday, February 9, 2017. These arrests involved a number of people who committed a variety of crimes. A 49 year old man of the Southwest Savona Boulevard area in Port St. Lucie was arrested on charges of burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance. He was unarmed and committed the burglary while the place was unoccupied and was charged with grand theft, larceny, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. In the 1200 block of Apple Street in Fort Pierce, a man aged 43 was arrested for larceny and grand theft, as well as possession of a weapon or ammunition as a formerly convicted felon. He was also charged with having a concealed weapon in the form of a…Read More

  • Published: January 16, 2017

Since the 80s, society and the criminal justice system have changed to reflect a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to driving under the influence. In many states – Florida included – this means that those arrested and convicted of a DUI can expect not only hefty fines and probation but potentially more serious sanctions, ranging from the loss of their license to jail time. Despite these punishments, FBI statistics show that over a million people were arrested for DUI in 2014. It is important to know that not all of these arrests led to convictions. When in the hands of a good DUI criminal lawyer, such charges can be successfully fought. The following local news item offers an illustration of the type of case that Fort Pierce DUI Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland has spent over 30 years representing clients in: Sheriff’s deputies recently responded to a report of a car that had crashed and come to a halt on the railroad tracks along Old…Read More

  • Published: November 15, 2016

A 53-year-old Port St. Lucie man has been placed under arrest in connection with the death of a stranded motorist who was standing outside of his car on the 900 block of Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard last weekend. A witness identified the suspect as the driver of a vehicle that sat at a green light for about 15 seconds before speeding off well above the speed limit to pass vehicles ahead of him. The suspect is alleged to have hit both the disabled vehicle with its emergency lights flashing and the victim. The suspect admitted to investigating police officers that he had consumed four to five beers and four to five shots of tequila before the crash. Officers related that the man had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. He was also said to have…Read More

  • Published: September 10, 2016

On Sunday, August 16, a 23-year-old man on probation for attempted murder was arrested in Fort Pierce police on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over for speeding. John Garrett Call Jr. of Fort Pierce was stopped at approximately 2:48 a.m. after being clocked doing roughly 80 miles per hour on South Ocean Boulevard by local police. According to the official police report, when the officer reached Call’s vehicle, he detected a strong alcohol odor. The officer also noticed that Call’s eyes were bloodshot, and despite the suspect’s claim that he had only had a single Bud Light one hour earlier, Call flunked his sobriety test. The Previous Charge The charge against Call comes over five years after the then-16-year-old was arrested on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery with a vehicle. That was…Read More

  • Published: August 29, 2016

An alleged hit-and-run accident in Port St. Lucie on August 26 in which a 25-year-old Pompano Beach motorcyclist died has resulted in the arrest of a 47-old Port St. Lucie man. The latter individual is facing charges of hit-and-run, driving under the influence (DUI) and causing death. He’s currently in St. Lucie County jail on $105,000 bail. The accident, which took place at the intersection of Southeast Village Green Drive and Southeast Walton Road, occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on the 26th. The victim was heading east onto Walton Road, while the other man was seeking to turn south onto Village Green Drive in his blue 1999 Chevy Astro van. During that turn, the motorcyclist was struck. Witnesses told police that no effort was made to help the victim and described the van as having a badly damaged front-end. Less…Read More

  • Published: January 26, 2016

Recently, a woman was stopped in Stuart, Florida by a St. Lucie County deputy. She was driving a golf cart between the sidewalk and the roadway when the deputy stopped her and asked her how much she had to drink. She told the deputy she had “a lot” to drink. The deputy discovered that her license had been revoked in 1994. He proceeded to conduct a field sobriety test, which she abandoned after several tries. She was arrested and charged with felony DUI in St. Lucie and refusal to submit to a DUI test after license suspended. If you were stopped and asked to submit to a field sobriety test, would you know what to do? Refusing to take the test has consequences. Just the same, submitting to take the test has consequences too. How many times have you found…Read More

  • Published: January 19, 2016

It is never a good feeling to see and hear the flashing lights and blaring horns of a police car indicating you had better come to a stop … and it can be far worse if you have been drinking and driving. Known as DUI, a driving under the influence charge in Florida, as in all states, is a serious offense that can bring you jail time, steep fines, a suspended license, community service, and a lasting mark on your driving record. Drinking and driving is never a good idea. However, if you are stopped on suspicion of a DUI, your best defense is a lawyer who is experienced with the charge and can defend your case. A worst case DUI can often result in tragedy, which is what happened in Fort Pierce, Florida. Larry Hamilton, age 43, was arrested…Read More

  • Published: October 20, 2015

A 23 year-old man named Admerson Cleber Eugenio Vicente has been charged with DUI manslaughter. He has also been charged with driving without a license. He crashed into another vehicle while he was driving in Broward County. The crashed killed two sisters, Alexis and Brittany Musumeci. Vicente was driving on the wrong side of the road when the crash occurred. Vicente was taken to the hospital after the accident. He suffered injuries to his neck. He was arrested at the Lawnwood Medical Center. Vicente will be booked at the St. Lucie County Jail. He will later be transferred to the Martin County Jail. Vicente’s bail is expected to be set at $3 million.This is not the first time that Vicente has gotten into trouble with the law. Court records show that Vicente pleaded guilty to driving with a revoked or…Read More