2012 CT 005873 NC – Sarasota County – February 2013
Charge: DUI w/ Breath test refusal
Result: Found not guilty after a jury trial
Defendant was stopped for not having headlights on. Signs of intoxication were noted by Sarasota Sheriff’s department DUI Task Force deputy, who asked defendant to perform field sobriety tests. Deputy believed driver did poorly, and arrested him for DUI. At the jail, the defendant refused a breath test. State Attorney’s office would not negotiate a resolution prior to trial. Attorney Darren Finebloom presented evidence at trial to refute the arguments of the State Attorney’s office, and after hearing both sides of the case, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.