STATE v. WL

The Result

DUI reduced to Reckless Driving

WL was pulled over for alleged weaving in and out of her lane and stopping inappropriately near a stop bar.  She was further alleged to have bloodshot water eyes, and an odor of alcohol on her breath.  WL was alleged to lost her balance in the turn on the walk and turn test in addition to failing to touch heel to toe.  Further, she was alleged to have swayed while balancing in the one leg stand and put her foot down twice in the same exercise.  Upon arrest, WL refused the breath test.  Upon review of the video of Field Sobriety Exercises, Tampa DUI Attorney was able to point out to the State that the driving pattern was easily explainable as a young woman being lost, which was in fact the case.  Additionally, it was not evident from the video that WL did not touch heel to toe and this was brought to the attention of the State as a viable cross examination point at trial.  The State was also made aware of the fact that WL was standing on a gravel strewn parking lot on a windy night while performing the one leg stand.  By pointing out these weaknesses in the State’s evidence, attorney was able to earn a RECKLESS DRIVING downcharge for WL with minimum sanctions and court imposed NO DRIVER’S LICENSE LOSS.