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.
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 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.