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Florida Increases DUI Enforcement During Spring Break

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Increased Police Activity

Last Week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced an increased law enforcement presence focused on the Miami Beach area (a popular spring break destination).  New enforcement efforts include curfews, officers patrolling on foot, by bicycle and using ATVs.  Additionally, Governor DeSantis announced increased DUI enforcement including DUI checkpoints.

Governor DeSantis pointed out that, “Florida may be popular for spring break, but it is inhospitable to criminal activity.” Comments like Governor DeSantis’ have led people to joke that the tourism motto of Florida should be, “Welcome to Florida, come on vacation, leave on probation.” 

Extra Law Enforcement is Response to Last Year’s Shooting!

The extra law enforcement is likely in response to the shooting that occurred in Miami Beach last year during spring break.  It is important for the State to ensure the safety of all of those who come to visit Florida.  Tourism is a MAJOR part of the Florida economy and people are not going to come here if they are not safe. 

Extra DUI Enforcement Makes it More Likely to Get Arrested

In response to the extra DUI enforcement, it is important to hire an attorney who focuses their practice on DUI defense.  Attorneys who practice all areas of criminal law handle DUI cases as well, but those who focus primarily on DUI tend to know defenses that general criminal law practitioners do not.  For instance, there are requirements that the State must meet when a DUI checkpoint is used that are not part of a typical DUI case.  If the State does not follow the DUI checkpoint requirements, the entire DUI case could be dismissed.

DUI Checkpoint Stops have Special Requirements

To prove a DUI checkpoint stop is lawful, the State must have the written checkpoint plan used for the checkpoint at which the driver was stopped.  The plan must meet constitutional requirements, and the plan must be followed.  For both the administrative hearing and the criminal court case, if the checkpoint plan is not entered into evidence the State cannot win.

David Katz has been licensed as an attorney in Florida since 2007 and was certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense in 2012.  You may contact David Katz through his website at www.orlandocriminalteam.com or by calling 321-332-6864.

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David Katz is one of only 4 Board Certified DUI Defense Experts practicing in the State of Florida. David achieved recognition as a DUI Defense Expert in July of 2012 from the National College for DUI Defense, the only organizations accredited by the American Bar Association to award Board Certification in the area of DUI Defense. A founding partner of Katz & Phillips, P.A., David Katz is a former Assistant State Attorney and DUI / Intoxilyzer Lead Attorney with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. David has prosecuted cases in both Orange and Seminole Counties. Chosen by the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, David taught DUI trial skills to new prosecutors statewide. As the Seminole County Intoxilyzer Lead Attorney he received unique training and experience with the Intoxilyzer 8000, including access to the manufacturer of the device, which he now uses to aid in the defense of DUI cases. David has been the featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars focused on DUI Defense, lecturing to attorneys practicing DUI defense throughout the country. David is also the author or co-author of nine books on DUI defense including three Inside the Minds series books focusing on DUI cases. As a defense attorney David has focused his practice on DUI defense and has played a key role in the suppression of thousands of breath test results in Central Florida and surrounding areas, acting as the lead attorney in suppression hearings focusing on source code and machine malfunction issues. David is truly focused on his clients needs. He has received the 2012 AVVO Client Choice Award and the 2013 Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell. Further, David was recently featured in NEWSWEEK Magazines' 2012 Showcase of Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys. The only dedicated DUI defense attorney to be featured this year. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: The National College for DUI Defense The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers The Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers The American Bar Association The Florida Bar Association The Orange County Bar Association The Seminole County Bar Association The Lake County Bar Association DUI is not recognized as a specialized area of law in Florida, therefore Mr. Katz is not certified as a Specialist by the Florida Bar.

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