Orlando Woman Accused of Offering Florida Trooper $3K to Get Out of DUI Arrest :: Whittel & Melton
June 25, 2012
A 21-year-old Orlando woman faces felony charges after allegedly offering a Florida Highway Patrol trooper $3,000 to not charge her with DUI.
The woman was apparently driving back from an Orlando nightclub Thursday morning just before 3 a.m. when a trooper pulled her over for speeding. According to a report, the woman hit a curb as she was pulled over.
The officer claims the woman refused to exit her vehicle, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and wore a wristband. She allegedly fell down when the trooper tried to get her out of the car.
According to the report, the trooper uncovered an almost empty 1.75 liter bottle of tequila from under the woman’s purse.
The trooper alleges that as he was transporting the woman to the DUI center she tried to bribe him with $3,000 to let her go. She apparently told the trooper she had been drinking margaritas.
The report indicates that the woman continued to try and bribe the officer, even though the trooper told her it was illegal.
She allegedly vomited on the ground at the DUI center.
In addition to the DUI charge, she faces two felony charges for bribery and resisting arrest without violence.
A DUI arrest can be an unnerving experience. For many people, this may be their first encounter with the law. If you are arrested for DUI, it is in your best interests to remain calm and request to speak with an attorney. Attempting to bribe an officer or resist arrest will only add to the legal troubles you face.
Following a charge of DUI, it is likely that your driver’s license will be administratively suspended or confiscated by law enforcement. It is important to be aware that you only have 10 days to request a hearing to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license by the Florida DHSMV. It is essential to act quickly in order to protect your rights and defend your ability to drive in Florida.
The Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can build a strong defense on your behalf. We will address the different issues surrounding your arrest, including the initial DUI stop, the procedures used by law enforcement and the methods used to establish your BAC. Whether law enforcement failed to have a legitimate reason to stop your vehicle, or whether the Breathalyzer test was not properly administered, we can thoroughly analyze the evidence and circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest. We are committed to protecting your future and providing you with a solid defense against DUI charges.
If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).