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January 10, 2013

What Happens After You Refuse A DUI Test In Sarasota?

Can I still drive after the police take my license away? Am I going to jail? How much will a Sarasota DUI cost me? These are just some of the DUI questions we hear from our clients everyday when it comes to the penalties and procedures they may deal with following a Sarasota DUI arrest.  One of the more immediate questions we hear from clients has to do with the actual DUI testing process. Many drivers are overwhelmed and intimidated by the police and the DUI process and refuse to take a DUI test. Doing so may be an impulse decision but unfortunately comes with additional consequences.

To answer this important DUI question, the first thing you should know about has to do with Sarasota implied consent laws. When you first got your Florida drivers license, you probably did not realize all the paperwork you were signing. Why would you? You were probably young and excited to get on the road! One of the items you agreed to in signing for your license was the very DUI tests your just refused. This is a reality that many individuals have no idea of until they are unfortunate enough to get pulled over for a DUI in Sarasota.…

January 10, 2013

Speeding in Sarasota: The Various Ways Police Catch You

The police in Sarasota are serious about catching speeders. Whether you are driving five miles over the speed limit or much more than that, Sarasota police have many ways to catch you in the act. In fact, police have at least four different ways they can catch you speeding. Here’s a look at the various ways Sarasota police measure speed:

  1. Pace: Like the name implies, a police car will “pace” off of a driver for a given period of time in order to determine how fast he or she is going. This basic type of measurement is an easy way for undercover police officers to drive alongside a driver without him or her ever realizing it!
  2. Radar: A radar can be used by a police officer from the side of the road (in a stationary position) or while the officer is driving (in a moving position). Because of the versatility and relative accuracy of a radar, Sarasota officers always seem to have their radar handy.
  3. Laser: Perhaps the most accurate speed measuring device currently employed by Sarasota police, the laser is used in the stationary mode usually from the side of the road.
  4. Aircraft/Helicopter Clock: Operated by Florida Highway Patrol pilots, the pilot will use a certified stopwatch to clock time how fast you get from one point to another.
November 2, 2012

Hold Up: How To Handle Traffic Stops In Sarasota

What to do if you get pulled over in Sarasota, Florida

Getting pulled over is never a fun experience. However, you can make the experience easier on yourself by staying calm, being prepared and not giving the police any reason for further suspicion. Staying in control of your emotions and the situation will also help you down the line if you choose to fight any ticket you may receive. Here are the top five tips for handling a traffic stop in Sarasota.

  1. Pull Over: As soon as you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror (or other indication that you are being pulled over) be sure to do so quickly so the police officer knows you are not trying to escape the stop. Always use necessary signals when getting over and try to position your vehicle in a safe location on the side of the road.
  2. Calm Down: It is easy to get overly emotional before even speaking to the police officer. Whether the officer is nice or not, you should approach the conversation politely. Other than rolling down your window to speak with the police officer, you should remain relatively still and wait until you are told to show your license and registration.
April 19, 2010

Sarasota Reckless Driver Ends Up Dead Following High-Speed Chase

Ronald Daly was stopped in Sarasota on Beneva Road after police received a report of a reckless driver. The 50-year-old may have been issued a traffic ticket but he sped away before Sarasota County Sheriff’s could write him a citation. That led to a high-speed chase and ultimately to Daly’s death.
According to a story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Daly was stopped at 11:30 p.m. but he sped away. During the high speed chase Daly lost control of his 2010 Chevy and crashed into a tree. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. There have been no details as to why police believe Daly fled the scene. He was driving erratically but there has been no mention of a drunk driving charge or an outstanding arrest warrant that may have caused him to flee.
March 29, 2010

Speeder Rams Truck Into Sarasota House

The driver of a truck suspected of speeding in Sarasota may have lost control of the pick-up before crashing into a Sarasota house. No charges have been filed in the car crash as of yet and the man driving the pick-up suffered serious injuries in the wreck Sunday night.

Paramedics and firefighters had to work to remove the driver from the wreckage. A witness told the Sarasota Herald Tribune that he heard the truck speeding through the neighborhood but never heard anyone hit the breaks before the loud crash. There is no mention if anyone inside the house was injured.…

March 19, 2010

Tampa And Sarasota Traffic Ticket Numbers Are In From Click It Or Ticket Campaign

The Florida Highway Patrol released their numbers when it came to Florida traffic tickets following their two-week Click It or Ticket campaign. While there were a staggering 36,858 traffic citations issued statewide we reported yesterday that only about 18% were for seat belt violations. Now Tampa and Sarasota have weighed in with their ticket numbers.

The Sheriff’s Office issued 494 traffic tickets in Sarasota for seat belt violations during the campaign. Nearly 10% of those who received seat belt violation citations in Florida were from the Tampa Bay area. According to the St Pete Times 633 seat belt violation tickets were issued in Tampa Bay alone. That number is almost triple the amount of seat belt tickets that were issued last year during the same period when Tampa Bay law enforcement issued 230 traffic citations for not wearing a seat belt.…

March 3, 2010

No Driver’s License And Eluding The Police Justifies A $10,000 Bond In Manatee County?

A Sarasota man who allegedly
ran a stop sign and then tried to elude the police was jailed on a $10,120 bond Tuesday night. Braxton T. Morgan was charged with
driving without a license and fleeing to elude. He led police on a chase that took him into
Manatee County where sheriff’s deputies eventually stopped the 21-year-old.

Moran reportedly threw a brown paper bag out his car when
authorities tried to pull him over after running a stop sign. There is
no information in the article on whether that bag was
ever recovered. There were two passengers in the car with Morgan but
both were released from custody.…

January 26, 2010

Motorcyclist Charged With Hit And Run In Sarasota After Leaving His Passenger Hurt On The Road

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have charged an Illinois man with two counts of hit and run following a motorcycle accident in Sarasota County. According to The Sarasota Herald Tribune, 52-year-old Armando Tellez has been charged in conjunction with an accident that took place in Osprey around 2:00 a.m.

Tellez allegedly was riding his motorcycle with a female passenger. The Illinois man crashed his bike and then left the scene of the accident leaving his injured passenger on the road. The woman was badly hurt according to the FHP but is expected to survive despite being listed in serious condition.…

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