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Tampa DUI Law Firm of Finebloom & Haenel Has Eight DUI Cases Reduced To Reckless Driving This Week

09-04-2009 08:35 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: The Law Offices of Finebloom & Haenel

Tampa Criminal Defense Law Firm

Tampa Criminal Defense Law Firm

This week eight clients of the Law Firm of Finebloom & Haenel, a criminal defense firm in Tampa, FL, saw their DUI cases reduced to Reckless Driving, a lesser offense which carries less severe penalties for the defendant . Four of the Tampa DUI charges were reduced for our clients in Hillsborough County. The other four reductions were for our clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Tampa DUI Attorney Stephen Higgins was successful in having a second DUI offense reduced to a charge of Reckless Driving for one of his clients and a DUI with a breath test sample of .141 and .142 reduced to a reckless for another Tampa driver. Higgins and firm founder Darren Finebloom then successfully challenged a client’s suspended license and had her privileges fully reinstated on top of dropping her DUI charge to a Reckless Driving after she was stopped in Hyde Park. Higgins and another of the firm’s lawyers, Ken Poole, had a DUI charge reduced to a Reckless Driving for another one of their clients despite the fact there was a failed field sobriety test and a breath test above the legal limit.

Further South, Darren Finebloom was successfully challenging the breath tests in three separate cases where his clients blew a. 120, a. 128 and .160. All of these blood alcohol readings were well above the legal limit in the state of Florida. Darren was able to get the results of the breath tests excluded when he successfully argued that the breath test machine, the Intoxilyzer 8000, was not properly approved by the State of Florida. Two of the three clients received a withhold of adjudication, which means they can have their records sealed immediately, and all three had their charges dropped down to Reckless Driving.

Firm associate AnneMarie Rizzo also had a DUI charge reduced to a Reckless Driving this week after a triple refusal. Her client refused to take a field sobriety test and was immediately arrested and taken to jail. The client refused to answer any of the officer’s questions or take a breath test while at the jail. Following her investigation, AnneMarie was prepared to take the case to trial before the State reduced the charges to Reckless Driving and he also received withhold of adjudication (no conviction) meaning the charge is eligible to be expunged.

If you or a family member has been stopped for a DUI in Hillsborough County whether it is Tampa or Plant City, it is imperative that you contact a qualified DUI attorney in the Tampa area. For more information about Finebloom & Haenel Tampa DUI Attorneys or for a free consultation please call us at 813-649-8690 or 1800-FIGHT-IT (1-800-344-4848). You can also visit their website at For helpful advice help with your Tampa DUI or Tampa criminal case you can visit their blog at

Finebloom & Haenel, P.A., with its primary Tampa office located at 3426 W. Kennedy Blvd. was founded on the basic principle that every person charged with a crime is entitled to the best defense possible. Our team of legal professionals are dedicated to defending DUI charges in Tampa, Florida and the surrounding communities. As former public defenders and former state prosecutors, our firm has a unique advantage in defending your DUI charge because we have sat on both sides of the table. We firmly believe in the team approach and want our clients to feel confident that the more lawyers working on their case, the better chance for a great result.

When David Haenel and Darren Finebloom started the firm, they were passionate about providing each client with personalized, efficient and effective representation. Their core values and passion continues in the way clients are treated by our firm - clients are dealt with on an individual basis, phone calls are returned within 24 hours and clients are kept well informed about the status of their case. We separate ourselves from other lawyers because we are dedicated to our client's case and we make every effort to be available for questions or concerns regardless of the time of day.


Our TAMPA DUI lawyers have years of experience defending DUI cases in Tampa and our case results speak for themselves. Our knowledge of TAMPA DUI law and procedure enables us to investigate each case thoroughly and find legal reasons to build a successful defense. We work diligently from the moment we are retained up to the point the case is resolved.

Our lawyers, and their backgrounds, provide a great resource for our clients.

David Haenel was named the 2004 State of Florida DUI Prosecutor of the Year. In this position, and his years of experience as a prosecutor, he learned how to successfully prosecute DUI offenders. Armed with this knowledge, he knows what the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office needs to prove that you were DUI and uses this to find loopholes in the case against his clients to fight their DUI charge.

Darren Finebloom is a former public defender and a Florida native who has extensive experience in Florida’s State and Federal courts. His willingness to defend persons charged with a crime is in his blood. Well respected in the legal community for his tenacity, Darren typically pushes the State Attorney to trial refusing to back down unless he gets the best possible result for his client.

Stephen Higgins' reputation in Tampa, Florida and throughout Hillsborough courts is distinctive and his familiarity with the state attorneys and police officers throughout Tampa is unparalleled. In the Hillsborough courtroom trenches on a daily basis, he knows what it takes to get his clients the result they want. He has extensive knowledge about DUI policy and procedure in Tampa and he prides himself in getting results for his clients that other lawyers are unable to get.

Finebloom & Haenel
3426 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609

(813) 649-8690
1-800-FIGHT IT

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