Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office incident report indicates that Malone was arrested at 3:23 a.m. near Platt Street West and Rome Avenue South in Tampa.

ryan maloneTampa police claim Malone was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban when he made a left turn on to W Platt Street from the center lane of S Armenia Avenue and struck a curb at S Howard Avenue and W Platt Street.

A patrol officer conducted a traffic stop and allegedly detected an odor of alcohol on Malone’s breath.

Malone apparently refused to take a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Malone was searched following his arrest. Police claim they uncovered 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone’s right back pocket.

Malone allegedly submitted to a breath test at booking. According to police, his results showed a blood alcohol content of .112 and .116.

Malone was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine, and his Suburban was impounded.

His bail was set at $2,500 – $2,000 for the cocaine possession charge and $500 for the DUI charge.

He was booked into jail at 5:40 a.m. and was released on bond at 9:56 a.m.

The 34-year-old will not travel with the Lightning to their regular-season finale against the Washington Capitals, which will be played Sunday at the Verizon Center.

Charges involving driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol require immediate attention. These charges must be taken seriously as a conviction can lead to hefty fines, the loss of your driver’s license, possible jail time and a permanent criminal record. A Tampa Bay DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you beat a criminal conviction and the harsh consequences that come along with it. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor charge of DUI or are facing felony charges associated with a DUI manslaughter charge, we can provide you with the best legal defense possible.

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A 36-year-old Deltona man faces DUI charges after he was allegedly found asleep in his car at a traffic light early Monday with a burrito in his hand.

According to Volusia County deputies, the man was found stopped at a traffic light at Courtland Boulevard and Doyle Road by a witness who called 911.

The witness apparently followed the man’s blue 2002 Acura after he noticed the man drifting in and out of a traffic lane and then driving onto a curb. The witness contacted authorities around 12:30 a.m. Monday after watching the man sit through several light changes without moving, according to reports.

Breath_test_(3835297622)Once deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene, they apparently found the man asleep with his car running and his foot still on the brake.

Deputies and rescuers knocked on the doors and windows of the car for about 10 minutes before they decided to break a window to get to the man, according to the arrest report.

Deputies claim it took them another two minutes to wake the man up after his window was smashed and the car was turned off.

Deputies allege the man’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot and that they detected the odor of alcohol on his breath.

The man apparently told investigators that he had his last drink of the night around 11 p.m.

The man allegedly agreed to two breath tests shortly before 2 a.m. and both times his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit of .08.

In the first test, reports indicate the man blew a .173 and the second time, the man blew a .177.

The man was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on $500 bail.

While drunk driving is a common charge in Volusia County, and throughout the rest of Florida, it is still a very serious offense that can negatively impact a person’s life. A DUI charge can significantly impact a person’s freedom, finances and even their career.

DUI charges are just like any other criminal charge – prosecutors must prove every element beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if you agreed to a breath test and were over the legal limit, understand that these tests are not above being challenged. Likewise, the assertions and allegations of the arresting officer can also be challenged. A Volusia County DUI Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you fight the charges.

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A Hernando County sheriff’s deputy arrested last month for driving under the influence will not be prosecuted.

According to reports, the State Attorney’s Office mentioned a lack of evidence and conflicting witness accounts in deciding to dismiss the case against the deputy.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a white Mercedes sedan in Brooksville on Jan. 12 for speeding. According to the trooper, the Mercedes was travelling at speeds of 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.

A Hernando County sheriff's deputy arrested last month for driving under the influence will not be prosecuted due to a lack of evidence and conflicting witness accounts.

A Hernando County sheriff’s deputy arrested last month for driving under the influence will not be prosecuted due to a lack of evidence and conflicting witness accounts.

According to the arrest report, the 45-year-old Hernando deputy flashed his badge and had trouble finding his license in his wallet. It was noted by the trooper that the man had glassy, bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol.

The man allegedly failed sobriety tests and was arrested. He did not give a breath sample at the Hernando County Detention Center.

A DUI conviction can bring serious consequences, including the suspension of your driver’s license, jail time, hefty fines and even massive increases in insurance rates. All of these penalties are in addition to the shame and humiliation of being arrested by law enforcement. However, just because you were arrested and charged with DUI, this does not mean you will automatically be convicted of this offense. When the right criminal defense attorney is involved, many DUI charges can be reduced to a lesser offense or even dismissed entirely. Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference in your case. A Hernando County DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need. In most cases, we can appear on your behalf in court so that you never need to make a trip down to the courthouse.

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Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police allegedly witnessed the 19-year-old pop star street racing early Thursday morning in Miami Beach.

According to the arrest report, when stopped by a Miami Beach police officer just after 4 a.m. Bieber asked “What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?”

Bieber was released from a Miami jail an hour after he made a short appearance through a video link before a Miami judge. His bail was set at $2,500 Thursday afternoon.

Bieber was apparently booked into a Miami jail after failing a sobriety test, according to the Miami Beach Police chief.

The chief said that Bieber “made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication.”

A Miami Beach officer alleges he saw Bieber driving a yellow Lamborghini in a race against a red Ferrari in a residential area of Miami Beach. Reports indicate the cars were speeding at about 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Justin Bieber Charged with Drunk Driving in Miami Thursday.

Justin Bieber Charged with Drunk Driving in Miami Thursday.

Bieber allegedly ignored a police officer’s request to keep his hands on the car while he did “a cursory patdown for weapons,” according to the report.

The arrest report goes on to describe Bieber as having a “flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and the odor of alcohol on his breath.”

The Ferrari’s driver, identified as 19-year-old Def Jam recording artist Khalil Sharieff, was also arrested for DUI, according to police.

Bieber arrived in Miami on Monday.

While most people are aware that the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) legal limits in Florida and throughout the rest of the country are .08, many do not realize that drivers under the age of 21 must meet different requirements. Florida’s “zero tolerance” policy states that a driver under the age of 21 must have a BAC of less than .02. If a young driver is pulled over after being suspected of driving under the influence, the officer can request for the person to submit to a field sobriety test. If the test confirms the officer’s suspicions, the driver could then be asked to submit to a breath, blood or urine test. If the BAC results are .02 percent or higher, then the officer can arrest a young driver for DUI.

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New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and it is safe to assume that getting a DUI is not on anyone’s New Year’s resolution list. While people often want to know what to do after they get arrested for a DUI in Florida, it is equally important to understand smart practices that can help you avoid getting a DUI in the first place. The following tips can save you the time, money and stress that go hand-in-hand with a Florida DUI.

1. Refrain from Drinking. While obvious, this is simply the only way to avoid a DUI arrest in Florida. If you want to go out and drink this New Year’s Eve, be smart. Get a cab home or designate a sober driver before going out. Remember, it is not illegal to drink alcohol and drive, but gauging how much alcohol will put you right at or over the limit is not an easy thing to do. So, keep it simple for yourself and avoid drinking and driving.

2. When in Doubt, Don’t Risk It. Remember the saying “Better safe than sorry?” If you are in doubt about how much you have had to drink, don’t chance it by getting behind the wheel. There are plenty of Florida DUI arrests that involve people who did not know they had any symptoms from drinking alcohol. You do not have to be stumbling and slurring your words to receive a DUI. If you are questioning your sobriety at all, don’t take the risk of driving home. Hail a cab or have a sober driver take you home.

3. Head Home Early. Ending the party early is not necessarily a bad thing on New Year’s Eve. Most police officers start patrolling from midnight on into the early morning hours. For your own safety, it can be a good idea to get on the road and head home before other drivers who might be intoxicated do.

NYE betch.jpg4. Avoid Busy Streets and Checkpoints. Check online for local checkpoints and try to avoid main streets and highways if at all possible. These are heavily saturated zones.

5. Make Sure your Vehicle is Properly Maintained. One of the main reasons people get stopped in the first place is due to improper maintenance of their car. A broken headlight or tail light or even an expired tag can cause a police officer to pull you over.

6. Exercise Extra Caution on the Roads. Follow all the rules of the road when driving home this NYE. Use your turn signals, come to complete stops, stay in your lane, etc. Avoid texting or talking on your cell phone while driving. Don’t give police any reason to stop your vehicle.

7. If Stopped, Be Cooperative and Polite. If pulled over, have your license and proof of registration ready for the officer. Be polite and cooperative during this process. Following these steps shows you are thinking rationally, which can ultimately be used in your defense should you be arrested for a Florida DUI.

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If you are planning on drinking this holiday season, you will want to make sure you have a designated driver or an alternate form of transportation.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office will be staging a checkpoint looking out for impaired and intoxicated motorists this Friday in Deerfield Beach.

The checkpoint will be located at 380 S. Federal Highway, from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday.

DUI checkpoint betch.jpgDUI arrests in south Florida during the holidays are more frequent than any other time of the year due to the fact that more people tend to consume alcohol around this time of year. That is why local law enforcement agencies set up sobriety checkpoints at various locations in the hopes of catching drunk drivers.

The best way to avoid being arrested for a DUI over the holidays is to avoid drinking and driving. Many people attending holiday parties think that consuming one or two alcoholic beverages does not mean they are under the influence. However, they could still be arrested for driving under the influence if stopped at a DUI checkpoint or during a routine traffic stop, which could have devastating consequences such as a driver’s license suspension, job loss or jail time. Keep in mind that a person arrested for DUI has many options that can result in a successful outcome, so it is vital to contact a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest.

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The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, dubbed the name “Black Wednesday,” is one of the busiest nights of the year for police departments making DUI arrests. People travelling to see old friends in combination with the long weekend often results in many impaired drivers on the roadways. Law enforcement is certainly aware of this which is why starting the Wednesday before, and lasting through Thanksgiving weekend, police will be increasing their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers on the roads. Police will be using sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation zones to keep all impaired motorists off the roads.

Understand that while it is important to drive responsibly at all times, it is not illegal to consume alcohol and drive. As long as you are not intoxicated, or your blood alcohol content is not at the legal limit of .08 or above, it is legal to operate a vehicle. Many law enforcement ads during the holidays convey that it is illegal to get behind the wheel of a car if you have had anything to drink. However, this is not true – the legal limit is still 0.08 percent.

drinking betch.jpgLaw enforcement officers are extremely aggressive when it comes to DUI arrests during the holidays, regardless of the legal limit. Anyone suspected of being even close to the legal limit could be arrested for DUI. Unfortunately, many of these arrests are borderline cases, and you could be slapped with a DUI charge even if you were not intoxicated. If you are arrested over the course of this Thanksgiving holiday for a drunken driving offense, you must act fast and enlist the help of a DUI defense lawyer who can examine the facts of your case and help you beat these charges.

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A woman wearing “zombie” contact lenses and dressed as a “pig in a nude color bathing suit” for Halloween was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last week, according to an arrest report.

The 26-year-old Orlando woman, a water-sports athlete, was pulled over around 2 a.m. Friday for driving a Chevy Cavalier erratically on Orange Avenue, according to the report.

The woman, whose occupation is a wake skater, allegedly failed sobriety tests after she was stopped by a police officer.

She apparently agreed to a breath test that registered her blood-alcohol level at .120 and .121 more than an hour after she was pulled over.

The legal limit for Florida drivers is .08.

It is unknown where the woman was going or where she was coming from when she was pulled over.

According to reports, the arresting officer spotted her driving southbound on Orange Avenue north of Holden Avenue at 1:55 a.m. The officer claims he observed her car weaving in and out of traffic for several miles.

The deputy said the woman had an odor of alcohol on her, red eyes, slurred speech and apparently admitted to consuming alcohol.

The woman was asked to perform field-sobriety tests, and was arrested after she allegedly failed these tests.

The report indicated the woman was wearing zombie contact lenses and was dressed as a pig in a nude colored bathing suit.

She was taken to the Orange County DUI Center, where breath tests were taken just after 3 a.m.

The woman was then transported to the county jail.

halloween betch.jpgHalloween is a big social holiday that is not just for kids. Many adults love to don elaborate costumes and hit up parties or local drinking establishments for a fun night out. However, sometimes partying can lead to criminal charges, including driving under the influence. If you were charged with a DUI offense on Halloween, or any day for that matter, an Orange County DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you defeat these charges. As former prosecutors, we have handled hundreds of DUI-related cases and can apply our experience to work for you, making sure your rights are protected and that you receive the most favorable outcome for your unique situation. We can immediately begin examining the police investigation and fight to have your case reduced or dismissed.

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An Ocala man was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with DUI, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm and driving while license is suspended or revoked because police claim he was driving a stolen vehicle while intoxicated.

When officers with the Ocala Police Department stopped the 62-year-old man allegedly driving a stolen truck they claim there was a loaded .50 caliber black powder rifle beside him in the front seat.

According to an OPD report, a law enforcement officer received a tip that a man who was drinking was driving a black GMC pickup within the city limits in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The officer apparently observed the truck speeding and swerving across the westbound lanes on East State Road 40 near Northeast Eighth Avenue. The officer was able to stop the truck as the driver turned left and headed south the wrong way on Southeast First Avenue.

The report alleges that as the officer approached the man, he started to drink from an open container of Santa Margarita.

Two other officers arrived at the scene for backup. They claim they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man’s breath. The officers asked the man to perform a field sobriety exercise, which he allegedly failed. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

The man apparently told the officers the truck and gun were his, but police claim records show that both items belong to an 83-year-old man who was staying overnight at a hotel in Micanopy. According to the arrest report, he was unaware his truck and loaded rifle were missing. He claims he does not know the accused and left the keys inside the truck when he went to bed at 8 p.m.

Police said the accused has nine felony convictions for retail theft dating from January 2007 to May 2012. His driver’s license has apparently been suspended indefinitely.

He was transported to the Marion County Jail shortly before 8:30 a.m. with bail set at $15,500.

DUI bust  betch.jpgIf you are facing a DUI charge in Ocala or elsewhere in Florida, you are probably feeling confused and scared about what has happened to you and are worried about the consequences you face. The penalties associated with a DUI conviction are quite serious, and you could possibly lose your license, be forced to pay hefty fines, have your insurance costs skyrocket and even be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car. You could even go to jail.

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A 33-year-old north Florida woman was arrested for DUI Wednesday after she allegedly ran her car off the road, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman apparently admitted to police that she had been drinking, but felt fine enough to drive.

Records show that she failed a chemical test that later revealed she had a blood alcohol content of 0.41 percent, five times higher than Florida’s limit of 0.08 percent.

The woman, who has never been arrested before for drinking and driving, allegedly told a deputy she had drank four cans of 8 percent alcohol beer before she drove her car off East Highway 40 into some bushes around 11 p.m.

Police claim the woman works as a dental hygienist and is “considered an alcoholic.” She apparently refused medical attention.

The arrest report indicates the woman was unsteady on her feet and appeared disoriented. She apparently asked police several times if she would be going to jail for DUI.

The woman was charged with DUI and had to be medically cleared by the Munroe Regional Medical Center before the Marion County Jail would book her, according to records.

She was released on bail later Thursday morning.

DUI chick.jpgIf you are stopped by an officer who suspects you have been drinking, it is highly likely that you will be asked to perform a field sobriety test and ultimately a breath test should you not pass the field sobriety test according to their standards. In general, once an officer stops your vehicle and asks you to perform a field sobriety test, they have already concluded that you are impaired and will probably not give you a passing score on a field sobriety exam. Should you blow .08 or over on the breathalyzer machine, the officer will charge you with driving under the influence.

Understand that if you refuse to take the test or blow a .08 or over, your driver’s license will be administratively suspended by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. This suspension is completely separate from the court and must be contested through an administrative hearing. Be aware that you must request this hearing within 10 days of your arrest or it is waived. Upon your arrest for DUI in Ocala, Dunnellon, Belleview or the surrounding area, it is absolutely imperative to retain a Marion County DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton to protect your rights throughout the duration of your case.

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