Handling First Florida DUI Case (2021 Edition)

Manuel “Manny” Serra-Jovenich
Meritxell “Meri” Ros
Adam Rossen
David Tarras
Manuel “Manny” Serra-Jovenich | The Rossen Law Firm
Meritxell “Meri” Ros | The Rossen Law Firm
Adam Rossen | The Rossen Law Firm
David Tarras | The Rossen Law Firm

On-Demand: November 30, 2021

Handling First Florida DUI Case (2021 Edition)
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Program Summary

Session I - Initial Client Interview - Manuel “Manny” Serra-Jovenich

Attendees will be briefed on the importance of starting a legal defense from the moment you meet with your client or perspective client. Information gathering methods will be reviewed and suggestions on how to apply the information collected to best put your defense into motion will be shared. Attendees will learn about the 10 day DMV rule and options a client has to potentially avoid a driver’s license suspension from the DMV.

Key Topics

  • Information Gathering – the key to a great defense
  • Providing Education on the law and the court
  • Setting Expectations
  • Discussing the DMV 10 day Rule – free deposition?

Session II - How to Issue Spot and Work a DUI Case Pre-Trial - Meritxell “Meri” Ros

Attendees will learn about the discovery process in DUI cases, and the taught to see some red flags that may be buried in the State’s discovery submission. Next there will be a discussion on how to spot some “issues” with the State’s case which could result in suppression of evidence, better plea negotiations, or even a dismissal of charges. There will be a strong emphasis that there is no such thing as a “cookie cutter” DUI case.

Key Topics

  • Reviewing (and gathering) discovery
  • ‘Stop’ Motions
  • Statement Suppression Motions
  • Have a Plea or Trial Meeting

Session III - Basics of “DUI Science”: attacking SFSEs & the Breathalyzer - Adam Rossen

This section will cover some of the most common methods the State Attorney uses to prove their case through “science.” The Standard Field Sobriety Exercises will be discussed one-by-one and attendees will be taught on how to defend against the officer’s application of each exercise. Attendees will be given information on how “breath test cases” are NOT indefensible. Hunter hearings will also be discussed.

Key Topics

  • A Breakdown of the Standard Field Sobriety Exercises
  • A Breakdown of The Breathalyzer
  • A Breakdown of Urine Samples and Blood Draws
  • What is a Hunter Hearing?

Session IV – The DUI Trial Experience - David Tarras

In the final section of the course, attendees will be given a lecture on the basics you need to know to try a DUI case and potentially gain an advantage on the State Attorney. A motion in limine will be defined. Successful jury selection methods will be shared. Trial proceedings such as open statements, cross examination, JOAs, and closing arguments will be reviewed.

Key Topics

  • Motion(s) In Limine
  • Jury Selection
  • Cross Examination tactics
  • JOA in DUI cases
  • Closing Argument Tips and tricks

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Date / Time: November 30, 2021

  • 12:00 pm – 3:50 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 2:50 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 1:50 pm Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 12:50 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Manuel “Manny” Serra-Jovenich_The Rossen Law Firm_myLawCLEManuel “Manny” Serra-Jovenich | The Rossen Law Firm

Manny is a former Broward County Assistant Public Defender who has tried over 25 jury trials and handled over 1,000 cases. Manny specializes in the area of DUI and has earned the nickname of “Motion Manny” through his creative motion practice. Manny is the head of the legal product and a partner at The Rossen Law Firm.

 

Meritxell “Meri” Ros_The Rossen Law Firm_myLawCLEMeritxell “Meri” Ros | The Rossen Law Firm

Meri has been practicing criminal defense for more than 13 years. As a former Broward County Assistant Public Defender, she handled thousands of cases ranging from Death Penalty cases to misdemeanor DUIs and drug offenses. Meri has tried far more than 50 jury trials – including Murder and Capital Sexual Battery trials. Meri is a Partner at The Rossen Law Firm.

 

Adam Rossen_The Rossen Law Firm_myLawCLEAdam Rossen | The Rossen Law Firm

Adam is the founder and CEO of The Rossen Law Firm. The firm has over 500 five-star reviews on Google, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell. Adam and his firm have a history of battling DUIs throughout South Florida’s Tri-County area through aggressive litigation. Adam is a former Broward County Assistant State Attorney.

 

David Tarras_The Rossen Law Firm_myLawCLEDavid Tarras | The Rossen Law Firm

David is a former Palm Beach County Assistant Public Defender. David has tried over 40 jury trials and successfully defended more than 1,000 clients, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated also named David to their Top Lawyer list for 2021. David has experience representing clients facing state and federal criminal accusations, including complex white-collar litigation. David is a Partner at The Rossen Law Firm.

Agenda

Session I – Initial Client Interview | 12:00pm – 12:50pm
1. Information Gathering – the key to a great defense | 12:00pm – 12:12pm
2. Providing Education on the law and the court | 12:12pm – 12:25pm
3. Setting Expectations | 12:25pm – 12:38pm
4. Discussing the DMV 10 day Rule – free deposition | 12:38pm – 12:50pm

Session II – How to Issue Spot and Work a DUI Case Pre-Trial | 12:50pm – 1:50pm
1. Reviewing (and gathering) discovery | 12:50pm – 1:00pm

Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm

2. ‘Stop’ Motions | 1:10pm – 1:22pm
3. Statement Suppression Motions | 1:22pm – 1:35pm

a. Accident Report Privilege
b. Miranda Privilege

4. Have a Plea or Trial Meeting | 1:35pm – 1:50pm

Session III – Basics of “DUI Science”: attacking SFSEs & the Breathalyzer | 1:50pm – 2:50pm
1. A Breakdown of the Standard Field Sobriety Exercises | 1:50pm – 2:00pm

a. Attacking the Standard Field Sobriety Exercises

2. A Breakdown of The Breathalyzer | 2:00pm – 2:10pm

a. Attacking breath results and the instrument itself

Break | 2:10pm – 2:20pm

3. A Breakdown of Urine Samples and Blood Draws | 2:20pm – 2:35pm

a. A brief understanding of what to expect in your case

4. What is a Hunter Hearing? | 2:35pm – 2:50pm

Session IV – The DUI Trial Experience | 2:50pm – 3:50pm
1. Motion(s) In Limine | 2:50pm – 3:00pm
2. Jury Selection | 3:00pm – 3:10pm

a. Importance of Voir Dire in DUI cases
b. Selecting jurors to match your trial defense
c. Successful Hypotheticals

3. Cross Examination tactics | 3:10pm – 3:20pm

Break | 3:20pm – 3:30pm

4. JOA in DUI cases | 3:30pm – 3:40pm
5. Closing Argument Tips and tricks | 3:40pm – 3:50pm