My client was out to dinner with his wife in downtown St. Petersburg. He did not live in St. Pete, so was not familiar with the area. As they headed home, they approached an intersection that had been closed due to an accident investigation. The police had hung crime scene tape, but there was a glare and it was hanging low. My client did not see the tape and drove through it.
He was stopped by the St. Petersburg Police Department. He was asked to do the field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
He was eligible for the DROP program since he had never been in trouble before. He took the DUI school, did 20 hours of community service, and completed the Victim Impact Panel.
The case was amended from DUI to reckless driving. He was sentenced to 9 months of probation with early termination and had to complete a few other conditions. He can now move on with his life.