Carlos A. Canet , Fort Lauderdale DUI Attorney , has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1983.
He began his legal career defending criminal cases with the Miami-Dade County Public Defenders Office. During his time with that office he went to trial nearly 100 times and obtained Not Guilty verdicts for clients charged with everything from First Degree Murder and Strong Armed Robbery to DU I.
He began private practice in 1988, defending criminal cases in State and Federal Court, as well as the Appellate Courts. In 1989, he became a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and also the Trial Bar for the Southern District of Florida.
In 1990 he joined nationally recognized DUI defense firm and in 1995 became the second named partner in firm history, having previously been a senior trial lawyer and chief of the Broward County section.
He has defended DUI cases as a DUI Lawyer in Florida throughout his 23 years of practice, however it was not until his time with the Essen firm that he devoted himself exclusively to the defense of drunk driving cases as a DUI Attorney in Fort Lauderdale.
Starting in 1991 , he began a series of case projects arguing for the exclusion of all types of evidence used by the State against his clients accused of DUI .
In 1991 , he argued the exclusion of breath test results for all of his Broward County clients based upon administrative irregularities with certain breath test maintenance forms.
In 1992 , he successfully argued the exclusion of blood test results on the same grounds.
In 1993 , he successfully argued for dismissal of dozens of DUI cases based upon a violation of the Double Jeopardy clause.
In 1994 he attacked breath test results in Dade County based upon the lack of approval for a critical breath machine component called a “thermistor.”
In 1995 , he successfully argued for the exclusion of field sobriety exercises based upon lack of scientific reliability. This case led to an appeal to the Fourth District Court of Appeal that resulted in the exclusion of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test.
In 1998 , he once again successfully argued for the exclusion of breath test results based upon the lack of administrative approval of a breath test form called a “Certificate of Assurance.” This case also led to a county court appeal that was also won in Broward Circuit Court.
In 1999 , he argued for the exclusion of breath test results based upon the failure to properly approve breath test calibration solutions and unrestricted breath test operator control over the timing of the actual blow.
In 2001 , he attacked the validity of all breath test results obtained by use of the Florida approved breath test machine because of problems with the radio frequency detect circuitry.
Most recently, in 2004 , he discovered that the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Davie Police Departments were using regular “tap water,” instead of the state-mandated distilled water to check the calibration of their breath test equipment. In 2005, this discovery by Mr. Canet drew widespread media attention and ultimately resulted in several county court orders excluding from evidence hundreds of breath test results.
In 2006 , Mr. Canet has attempted to become the first attorney in Broward County to force the State of Florida to produce the software “source code,” for the breath testing equipment used by local law enforcement agencies. Mr. Canet has also begun working on issues that may impact use of the new Intoxilyzer 8000 by law enforcement.
In 2007 , Mr. Canet was able to persuade several county court judges that because of problems with the rule against hearsay the State was required to prove with a live that could be cross examined that the breath testing machines passed their annual inspections. Prior to this the State merely had to present a piece of paper.
Also, in 2007 , the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed Judge Michael Kaplan’s decision to grant Mr. Canet’s “tap water,” motion, thus excluding from evidence all breath test results where tap water was used. The effect of the opinion was to uphold each judge’s decision to exclude results were the motion was granted.
Throughout his career, Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer Carlos A. Canet has strived to bring to the forefront the important issues affecting those accused of DUI in order to obtain the best possible results for his clients.
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