Category Archives: Florida DUI Arrests Statistics

Driving While Blonde and FHP Trooper Melvin Arthur’s Creepy DUI Statistics

The evidence showed that Trooper Melvin Arthur got a good look at Sally Adams before he decided to stop her for having a broken tag light. On the arrest video where Sally Adams was wrongfully accused of DUI, Trooper Arthur Melvin forgot to turn off the mic before he told the other troopers: “I put […]

Statistics on Arraignments in Florida Misdemeanor Cases: The “Three Minute Justice” Study

One thing has amazed me since I became a criminal defense attorney more than 10 years ago – how many people show up at the first court date ready to enter a guilty plea without an attorney. The main problem with that strategy is that those individuals are almost always worse off then the individuals […]

Volume Not Met (VNM) Flag on Florida’s Intoxilyzer 8000

Recently I’ve seen an unusually high number of cases in which someone blows into the Intoxilyzer 8000 after a DUI arrest here in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, with a “VNM” flag. In many of these cases, the person arrested for DUI will report that they tried to blow into the machine as hard as they […]

Matthew E. Malhiot, Former FDLE Departmental Inspector, Now Expert Defense Witness on Intoxilyzer 8000

Matthew E. Malhiot formerly worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a departmental inspector. He has worked with the Intoxilyzer 8000 since its inception in Florida. He was also intimately involved in the development of the Florida software. The software allows for some of the numerical results to be reported, while other numerical […]

Florida Fatalities in Car Accidents Lower in 2009

The Florida Highway Patrol announces that for the fifth year in a row, the traffic fatality rate has fell. In 2009, the traffic fatality rate fell to a record low level of 2,563 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled for a fatality rate of 1.30. Not only did the fatality rate fall, but the total […]

I don’t have an DUI attorney – what happens at arraignment?

Many people have not hired an attorney by the first court date for their DUI case. They get a notice in the mail telling them that they must appear in court in Tampa or Plant City in Hillsborough County, FL, for an arraignment in their DUI case. What happens at the arraignment if you do […]

FHP: 10,732 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Arrests in Florida in 2008

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued preliminary data regarding statistics in 2008. The recent statistics showed that the number of DUI fatalities was down in 2008. In fact, only 2,986 deaths occurred in 2008 which is the lowest number of fatalities in eight years even though Florida’s population grew more than […]