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New Blog Post: The Corrupt DUI Investigation of a New Port Richey Detective - Christopher Denton - He drove to a traffic homicide investigation in the middle of the night. Deceased victim still lying in the road. Fellow officers suspected DUI but didn't do much of an investigation even after he blew a .161 and .151. I just got my hands on the report released. WTF indeed.
On Wednesday, I was combing through records for the one-and-only Intoxilyzer 8000 breathalyzer that belongs to the New Port Richey Police Department (NPRPD). The Serial Number of the breath test ma...
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+Casey - It really is the New Port Richey Officers that just drove him home that night with no arrest that annoy me. How often does that happen? And they kept it a secret for 5 weeks. That seems like a really big deal to me. I think the media will pick up the story eventually.
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Why are politicians in Hillsborough County and at the State level trying so hard to destroy Uber? It works and I use it. My friends use it. People who have temporarily lost driving privileges should use it instead of driving without a license or insurance. People out on the town should use it instead of driving DUI. It keeps the roads safer. If you live in Florida, call your State Senator and tell them to vote no on Florida 2015 Senate Bill 1298.
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Why public defenders are worthless 8n fort Walton Beach? ?I only know that matter what the innocent are guilty in Florida and this how they make their money in Florida. .nothing make sense..like someone failed a home study twice and the judge still award to that person.
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A doctor and a lawyer in two cars collided on a country road. The lawyer, seeing that the doctor was a little shaken up, helped him from the car and offered him a drink from his hip flask. The doctor accepted and handed the flask back to the lawyer, who closed it and put it away. "Aren't you going to have a drink yourself?" asked the doctor. "Sure; after the police leave," replied the lawyer.
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Sounds so true
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Guess he told us...

“It’s dumb that nonlawyers can’t have a financial stake in firms,” said Mark Britton, CEO and president of Seattle-based Avvo, at the 2014 FutureLaw Conference presented by CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. “Lawyers have to be phenomenal practitioners. But we are missing the whole part where we are also businesspeople. Lawyers have no training on business.”

“It’s time to change the rules governing unauthorized practice of law,” said Thomson Reuter’s Joseph Borstein, at the same event. He is global director of Pangea3, which provides legal outsourcing. He cited recent changes in England that allow nonlawyers to be involved in legal shops. “We are going to see U.K. firms eat U.S. firms’ lunch,” he said. 

Read more: http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202716787726/Trust-Darwin-How-Tech-Will-Disrupt-Transform--Save-the-Legal-Profession#ixzz3Qddb6OVb
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The new petition to legalize medical marijuana in Florida in 2016 has been approved by the Secretary of State. Florida voters can download, print, sign, and mail in the new petition. 700,000 validated signatures are needed. Read more about marijuana crimes in Florida.





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I do with fort Walton beach..as you can.tell..
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To all the DUI attorneys out there - what do you tell people who ask this question - should I take the test or refuse?

I usually don't even try to answer the question because it depends on so many factors and comes down to a personal choice. But it is interesting to me when someone says "you should almost always blow."

In Florida, at least, that is really bad advice if you want to avoid a DUI conviction. I say that only if it is a first refusal (because a second refusal is a separate crime) and only if you suspect you might blow over a .08.

If you think you will blow under then by all means - blow.

But if you blow over .15 (which 50% of people do in Florida) then you face:
1. harsher penalties then you would receive for DUI Refusal;
2. an interlock device requirement for 6 months;
3. higher fines; and
4. the administrative and court ordered suspension end up being about the same as in a refusal cases (which does not require ignition interlock).

Even if you blow between at .08 and .15 you might still be better off refusing because prosecutors are often less willing to negotiate those cases down to a reckless driving. You also might need your own expert to testify about why the breath test is not reliable. That added expense would not necessarily occur in a refusal case.

It is always a difficult question to answer, but what do you tell people who ask?
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Never have those words come out of my mouth
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Best wishes for continued SUCCESS!
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On the bus headed to the Derby with +JasonSammis
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Enjoy The Derby!
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I knew of few of these Google search commands, but seeing a list was helpful. Google has its own list too: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?hl=en
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What do prosecutors think of the drunk driving refusal case? A prosecutor in Tarrant County, TX, explains it this way:

"Statistics in our county reveal which DWI trials are most challenging. In 2010, the conviction rates for cases with breath and blood tests were 83 and 100 percent, respectively. However, the conviction rate for all DWI cases in Tarrant County was 58 percent. This sizeable decrease is attributable to breath/blood test refusal cases (45 percent conviction rate) and the dreaded total refusal (35 percent)....

One reason breath-test refusal cases are difficult is because the absence of objective evidence often causes juries to demand obvious signs of intoxication that are more consistent with a total loss of normal faculties."

See http://www.tdcaa.com/journal/new-dwi-prosecution

Read more about refusal cases in Florida - http://www.criminaldefenseattorneytampa.com/dui/chemical-testing/refusal/
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  • University of Florida College of Law
    J.D., with Honors, 1997 - 1999
  • University of Oklahoma
    B.A., 1991 - 1995
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Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
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Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
813-250-0500

Education and Experience

I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors in 1999. I have completed internships with the State Attorney's Office working with state prosecutors, United States Attorney's Office working with federal prosecutors, and an United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida in the Tampa Division.

I began my career as an assistant public defender in Florida. I have represented hundreds of individuals in misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases. After working for two years at the public defender's office, I entered private practice in 2001 where I continued to focus on criminal defense.

In 2008, I founded the Sammis Law Firm with my husband of 12 years, Jason Sammis. He also focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal defense.

Jason and I live in Tampa with our two kids and an ill-behaved chocolate lab.

Other Interests

When I'm not in the courtroom, I love to travel with the kids and stay at the beach.

Being an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) allows me to stay current on recent changes in the law that impact criminal defense.

I am also an attorney on the NORML Legal Committee which fights for the reform of marijuana laws throughout the country. 
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  • Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
    Shareholder, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2008 - present
  • Escobar, Ramirez & Associates
    Associate, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis
    Associate, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2001 - 2006
  • Public Defender's Office, 4th Judicial Circuit
    Assistant Public Defender, 1999 - 2001
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I was a little nervous after reading the reviews, but after staying here for three nights I love this place. We stayed in a two bedroom on the second floor of the main building. We spend two days at the water park and my kids loved it. At first we were thinking about going to Disney for one of the days, but the kids had so much fun at the water park we just decided to stick with that the second day too. You take a shuttle to the water park but we never waited more than 5 minutes for the shuttle. We picked the place because of the water park and lazy river and it did not disappoint. It was a very fun and relaxing trip. The sushi bar was really good. The kids ate for free at the clubhouse breakfast buffet which we thought was a joke at first. They eat for free? But it was true - some kind of special deal for the summer. The rooftop pool is really nice. The entire family had a really nice time and we will be back.
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I had a wonderful time at the Wine Bar a few weeks ago. They have a nice selection of deserts and cheeses. It is a little pricey, but the presentation is beautiful. I've always had perfect service. If you are in Ybor then stop in for a glass of wine. You will not be disappointed.
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Love the bistro burger and spinach salad. And the fish and steamed veggies are good. The mac and cheese is incredible but probably has a billion calories. Pick up is really quick and easy. Overall it is a good solution when you want a nice dinner but are too tired to think about cooking.
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Rich and his staff did a great job on my mother-in-law's house in Tampa. She loves the hardwood floors! I would recommend this company.
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Good food and can't beat the weisswurst MIT brez'n and schweinsbraten.
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Great steak & wine list. The dessert room is a fun way to end the meal. The service is perfect every time.
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