Florida Man Captured After Year-Long Hunt In DUI-Manslaughter Case

A Florida man was captured after a year-long hunt by U.S. Marshal Florida Regional task force personnel outside of Gainesville, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.

Florida is full of interesting and exhilarating cases, but Jacksonville DUI Crimes cases can be some of the most interesting. However, these cases are still very traumatic.

DUI-Manslaughter crimes can carry steep penalties, not only legally but also personally. One can lose their job, their freedom, their reputation, and sense of livelihood. This is just the start however. Legally, in Florida, the penalties are severe, including car impoundment, driver’s license suspension or revocation, DUI school improvement, court fines and fees, ignition interlock device installation and monthly access fees and other penalties. One must contact an experienced Jacksonville DUI defense lawyer to guarantee their rights and defenses are known and protected.
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This case involved Daniel Garcia, a St. Petersburg man who was arrested at a motel after a year-long man-hunt by authorities throughout Florida. One year before his capture, Garcia, drove a van through a red light, striking the victim’s truck on the passenger side, killing the victim.

One of the rights of a person charged with a DUI is to refuse a breath test. When one is stopped for suspicion of a DUI and refuses a breath test, that person will be held in jail overnight and charged with a civil penalty rather than a criminal penalty for driving under the influence. Furthermore, one’s license will be suspended.

When a person is involved an accident and must be taken to the hospital under suspicion of a DUI one’s blood alcohol level is taken. Like unto refusing the breath test, one cannot be arrested for the crime until blood alcohol tests are received from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This process can take up to three months to complete. Until that time, one cannot be held in lock-up.

However, this right does not mean that one should run away. In many cases, people charged with DUI’s or other substance related offenses will try to flee the state or city in which they were charged. This is not the best course of action. The Prosecuting party in these cases will try to use this act of fleeing as a way to prove one’s guilt. By not fleeing, one only helps oneself and helps one’s experienced Jacksonville DUI attorney in providing the most affective defense against one’s charge.


The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a DUI charge. Defend yourself.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Sources:

Fugitive hunter tracks down driver in fatal DUI crash , by Todd Ruger, Sarasota Herald Tribune