Florida DUI Suspect Found With $140 Bar Tab Does Not Equal Guilt

Cops are always on the look out for the DUI stop of the year. However, when they find it, they are normally quite shocked. However, when the one stopped is arrested for a DUI, one should obtain an experienced DUI attorney so that when the day comes for court, one will not be so shocked and will hopefully be pleased about the consequences.

According to the St. Aug. News, Ocala police pulled over Bradley Garrison, a 40 year old man driving a Hummer who police received reports about. When police pulled the man over, he said, like most, that he had only had a couple drinks. However, when the police searched Garrison, they found a $140 bar tab receipt in his shirt pocket. iStock_000004622715Small.jpg

Most Jacksonville DUI cases involve someone who has had a little too much to drink. However, the amount a person has had to drink is not always as bad as the police report it. Police will sometimes report that events happened that never happened at all, that someone admitted to something that was never said, and will occasionally plant something on someone that they never had.

In any case, a person accused of and arrested for a DUI should contact an experienced Jacksonville DUI attorney to fight for their case, because no matter what the evidence is against someone, they have rights.

In the case of Bradley Garrison, he has a tremendous amount of evidence against him. He was erratically driving his vehicle, he was on the way home from a bar, he smelled of alcohol, and he had a $140 bar tab. Most would see this as an easy conviction. However, most of this can be explained away:

– Garrison could have had a steering problem with his vehicle
– Garrison could have been tired and thus driving erratically
– Just because Garrison went to a bar, does not mean he drank
– The smell of alcohol could have been from someone spilling a beer on him
– The $140 dollar bar tab could have been paid by him rather than consumed by him
Police look for easy convictions. However, some DUI’s that seem easy can be explained away when there is not hard evidence that driver was intoxicated. When Garrison was taken to jail for the night, the police attempted to administer a breath test, which Garrison could not complete because he was vomiting. The police never obtained an actual reading of his blood alcohol level before or after.

At this point, all of the available evidence is pointing to a reasonable doubt that Garrison was in fact drunk.


If one is in a situation as this, one should not settle for a mediocre lawyer with mediocre skills. One needs an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to fight for one’s case. 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 Source: Ocala Cops Pull Over DUI Suspect With $140 Bar Tab Receipt In His Pocket, Robert Paul Reyes, St Aug News