DUI charges against celebrities are a fairly common occurrence in the United States. When this happens, there will be media attention and they will need to arrange for an attorney to defend against the charges from the state just like everyone else. 

The rapper Trick Daddy was arrested for driving under the influence and cocaine possession by Miami police officers on a Saturday morning. 

Rapper Trick Daddy is pulled over as he leaves a club early in the morning hours

Police claim that the incident began when they pulled him over shortly after he left a nightclub in Miami Gardens. They claim the suspect was seen running a red light, and when they approached him he was falling asleep, slurring his speech, and admitted to consuming five drinks at the club. The report for the incident stated that he failed the field sobriety tests at the scene and was taken into custody. 

As he was being booked and searched, police also found cocaine wrapped inside of dollar bills. This led to the cocaine possession charge.  He was being held on a $6,000 bond.

The 45 year old male also has a history of prior criminal charges. In 2003, he was arrested for assault and threats against another man during a basketball game in the streets. In 2014, the state filed felony charges against him for illegal firearm possession. All of these prior arrests were in Florida. 

Penalties for DUI 

DUI charges are a first degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida, which means a defendant faces up to 364 days of jail time, along with fines, community service, driver’s license suspension, and other penalties. Even when jail time is not part of a plea or sentence, the state has a number of conditions that must be completed as mandatory minimums. 

What are the ways a defense attorney will assist you? 

A DUI case has a number of elements that must be proven, and the state must have sufficient evidence to show that the investigation was justified by probable cause at each step. First, there needs to be some kind of a valid reason for a traffic stop such as speeding, causing an accident, or going through a red light. If the stop was for an illegitimate reason, all of the evidence collected after this point will be dismissed and the case will go away. Second, the officer making contact with the suspect must have several factors which raise their suspicions about the driver’s level of intoxication. This can include things like the smell of alcohol, poor speech, and bloodshot eyes, but only one of these factors on its own is usually insufficient . There also must be a breath sample which proves the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration was above .08 at the time they were driving. Some drivers may choose to refuse the test, which makes proving this element more difficult for the state. 

When law enforcement makes mistakes during any aspects of the DUI investigation, a defense attorney can file a motion to suppress evidence collected in violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. 

Get help from a local attorney in the Miami area

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, it is important to retain an experienced attorney to help you avoid severe penalties. Mario Trespalacios, P.A. is available to assist you during this difficult time.