• DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving and No Conviction

Boating Under Influence Reduced to Reckless Operation

By |2023-12-08T12:53:32-05:00December 8th, 2023|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |

My client was stopped by Florida Fish & Wildlife for operating his boat on a full plane inside the Dunedin Causeway Bridge. After he was stopped, the officer put him through a series of field sobriety tests. He was arrested for BUI and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He refused the intoxilyzer test.

The Case:
My client had never been in trouble before and it was a weak case. The tests that the Fish & Wildlife officer had him perform were on the boat in the water and impossible to do. There was no video either.

I had my client complete the Coast Guard Safety course and then we submitted a mitigation letter to the prosecutor asking for a reduction of the charge.

The Result:
The prosecutor agreed to amend the BUI to a reckless operation of a vehicle. My client had to pay an $800 fine, 6 months of probation, and get an alcohol evaluation.

It was a good result and my client was very happy. He can get off probation in 3 months and get on with his life.

Sean McQuaid