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  A Scientific Approach To DUI Cases

          Broward County DUI Attorney Antonio D. Quinn takes a scientific approach to all DUI cases.  Attorney Quinn is vigilant to keep abreast of any changes to the law which can be beneficial to his DUI clients.  There are many issues which arise during the representation of a DUI client that do not arise when representing a regular criminal defense client.  If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Broward County or if you have been arrested for drunk driving in Palm Beach County, it is very important to retain an attorney who is familiar with and experienced in handling DUI specific matters in the jurisdiction that you were arrested in.

         Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer Antonio Quinn explores every possible avenue in order to avoid a DUI conviction for his clients.  When handling a drunk driving case, Attorney Quinn will always:   1) investigate whether the prosecution can prove that the client was in actual physical control of a vehicle prior to the time that they were arrested for DUI.  2) investigate whether or not the stop of the client's vehicle was done pursuant to a valid reasonable suspicion that a traffic infraction had been committed.  If the stop was not legal then all of the evidence gathered during the DUI investigation is inadmissible in court.  3) Broward County drunk driving attorney Antonio Quinn will investigate whether or not the investigating officer had made observations sufficient for the court to find that reasonable suspicion existed to initiate a DUI investigation.  If the police officer did not have adequate reasonable suspicion under the law and was simply "acting on a hunch" that the client was intoxicated, then all evidence gathered during the illegal DUI investigation must be suppressed and kept out of court.  4) Broward County DUI attorney Antonio Quinn will thoroughly evaluate all of the surrounding circumstances including how the field sobriety exercises were conducted in order to determine if there was sufficient "probable cause" to arrest the individual on suspicion of DUI. There is usually a video of the arrestee performing field sobriety exercises either prior to the time that they were arrested or later at the blood alcohol testing (BAT) facility.  It is crucial that this video be thoroughly analyzed as a component of formulating a successful defense to a DUI charge.  5)  If the individual provided a breath sample on an Intoxilyzer 8000 machine, then it is important that the records for the machine be thoroughly analyzed in order to detect possible evidence that the machine was malfunctioning and may have provided a false positive indication of alcohol intoxication. 

     These are just a few of the steps that a through DUI attorney must take in order to provide a driver who has been arrested for drunk driving with the best representation possible.  Contact Quinn, Law, P.A. today to set up a case evaluation with Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. in order to evaluate the options in your case moving forward. 



   Have you been arrested for drunk driving in Florida? If so, then it is crucial that you quickly retain an experienced DUI attorney to handle your case. When arrested for DUI in Florida, a driver has only 10 days in order to take action to protect their driver's license.  When retained on a DUI case, Attorney Antonio D. Quinn  immediately takes action to protect his client's driving privileges.  Attorney Quinn appear on your behalf with the Department of Motor Vehicles Bureau of Administrative Reviews and will fight to ensure that you are able to drive while your DUI case is pending in the courts.  A successful result in a DUI administrative review hearing can also help to avoid the financial consequences of increased automobile insurance rates that come along with a driver's license suspension for DUI in Florida. 

     If you are seeking to minimize the impact that a DUI arrest will have on your life and on you future, then it is essential for you to retain an experienced and effective drunk driving defense lawyer.  DUI defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has handled many DUI cases in Broward County and regularly appears before the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to defend his client's driving privileges.

      For most people being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is a frightening experience.  If convicted, your driver's license will be suspended and you will be facing substantial fines along with the possibility of jail time.  Ft. Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. understands how concerned you are about the drunk driving charges you are facing.  Quinn Law, P.A. can minimize and often sometimes avoid altogether the personal and financial damage caused by a DUI conviction.   Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio Quinn will fight for your rights and do everything legally possible to bring about a successful result in your DUI case. 

  Helpful DUI Resources (Links)

Florida Driver's License Check
  If you have been arrested for DUI in Florida then it is imperative that you monitor the status of your driver's license. 
FDLE Intoxilyzer Records
  If you were arrested for DUI and provided a breath sample, the maintenance records for the Intoxilyzer 800 machine which was used to test your breath can be found above on the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement website. 
Broward/Palm Beach DUI Checkpoint Resources
  Locations of recent DUI checkpoints in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Broward County Clerk of Court
  You can check the status of your case by searching the Broward Clerk of Courts website. Most court documents filed in a DUI case are viewable online. 

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         In order to protect the rights of drivers and to ensure the safety of the public, the Supreme Court of Florida has set very strict guidelines for the police with respect to DUI investigations.  There are many ways that a skilled DUI attorney may have a DUI stop and investigation  invalidated by the courts.   In order to make an arrest for DUI, the arresting officer must conduct a multi-phase investigation.  If there are errors or omissions during any phase of the investigation, an aggressive and experienced Broward Coounty DUI defense attorney such as Antonio D. Quinn can use that to your advantage often leading to DUI charges being reduced or dismissed. 

Common grounds for a DUI defense attorneyto have a DUI stop invalidated:

  • There was no probable cause for the stop: The officer must observe a traffic violation, be investigating a crash where one of the drivers is suspected of DUI, or be part of a legally sanctioned DUI checkpoint.  If the police officer did not have probable cause to stop you, then your Broward DUI attorney can move to have all evidence gathered during the DUI investigation suppressed by the court leading to a dismissal of the DUI charge.

  • Physical Observations:  The investigating officer is required to document any physical signs that you have been drinking alcohol.  If the officer did not properly document the observations which led him to believe that you were intoxicated, then you will have a valid defense which can be raised by an aggressive Broward DUI defense lawyer in court.

  • Voluntary Roadside Exercises:  The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA) had set out strict guidelines regarding the manner in which field sobriety exercises are to be conducted.  The NHTSA manual states that test which are performed outside of the guidelines can not be relied on as evidence of intoxication.  Despite this, field sobriety exercises are rarely performed in accordance with the guidelines.  Some States will keep evidence of field sobriety exercises out of court if the NHTSA guidelines are not followed, however in Florida courts have held that a failure to adhere to the standards should be taken into account and evaluated by the jury. It is for this reason that it is very important to retain a DUI Lawyer who is familiar with the manner in which field sobriety exercises are supposed to performed.   In Florida, these include the "walk and turn", "finger to nose" and the "one leg stand".  The officer is required to ask you if you have a medical condition that would prevent you from performing the exercises.  In addition, they must explain and demonstrate the exercises before asking you to perform them.  The exercises will usually be video recorded.  It is important to note that roadside exercises are voluntary and it is often advisable to decline as the results can be used against you at trial.  A Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney such as Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. will be able to obtain a copy of the DVD of the roadside exercises in your case in order to evaluate the client's performance as well as the conduct of the investigating officer. 

  • Medical Conditions:  A medical condition such as diabetes or an injury may be mistaken for impairment in some cases.  If you feel that a medical condition may have been mistaken for impairment by the arresting officer in your case, then it is crucial that you contact Ft. Lauderdale DUI lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. as soon as possible so that he can work to protect your driving privilege as well as your criminal record.   

Implied Consent

 A police officer investigating a DUI is required by Florida law to read to a motorist the implied consent law before conducting a breath or urine test.  If you refuse a breath or urine test your driver's license will be suspended for one year for a first refusal and for eighteen months for a second refusal.  A second refusal is also treated as a misdemeanor offense under Florida law.  Even if a person's driver's license is suspended for a refusal they will be eligible for a hardship while their case is pending under most circumstances.  An important advantage to refusing a breath or urine test is that the police and prosecuting attorney will have less evidence to use against you in court. If you refused a breath or urine test, it may be advisable to have an experienced Ft. Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer contest the validity of the stop at an administrative hearing before the DMV.  Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. regularly appears at administrative review hearings on behalf of the clients of Quinn Law, PA. 

Hardship licenses in DUI cases

Whether you were arrested and provided a breath sample showing that your BAC was .08 or higher, or if you refused to take a Breathalyzer test, your driver's license will immediately be seized and suspended.  You only have 10 days to challenge a driver's license suspension with the DMV.  Contacting Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney Antonio Quinn immediately following your arrest will enable Mr. Quinn to defend your driving privilege with the DMV.  DUI defense attorney Antonio Quinn will help you to determine if requesting a probable cause hearing with the DMV is advisable in your case.  Antonio Quinn is familiar with the DMV hearing procedures and with the local hearing officers.  He will appear on your behalf for any and all administrative review proceedings before the DMV and fight to defend your driving privileges. 

Aggressive and effective DUI defense

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Broward of Palm beach counties, you are going to require the expertise of an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney who is familiar with the local courts.  Call Quinn Law, P.A. as soon as is possible after a DUI arrest to set an appointment for a case evaluation.

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