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Matthew J. Olszewski

Matthew J. Olszewski

FL DUI Group/FL Drug Defense Group
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Florida
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Summary

I was named 2018 DUI Gladiator of the Year by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

I was one of 6 people in the State of Florida and the only DUI defense lawyer in the State of Florida that was asked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to assist in writing the FDLE DUI curriculum.

I was named a Special Prosecutor by the State of Florida to argue DUI cases in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, Brevard, Hernando, Marion, Alachua, Broward, Lee, Collier and Monroe counties.

I was named a Lead DUI Prosecutor by the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney’s Office (9th Judicial Circuit – Orlando).

I co-authored the book that is used to train every law enforcement officer in the State of Florida when it comes to making DUI arrests.

I have trained thousands of prosecutors and law enforcement officers throughout the State of Florida on DUI prosecution and DUI investigation.

I have attended the same classes that law enforcement officers attend in order to properly administer field sobriety exercises and the breath test.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Drug Crimes
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 860131
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
FL DUI Group/FL Drug Defense Group
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Managing Partner of DUI/Drug/Criminal Defense firm in Orlando, FL.
Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Florida Department of Transportation
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Trained 1,000's of DUI cops and DUI prosecutors all over the State of Florida on how to arrest and prosecute DUI cases.
Assistant State Attorney
State Attorney's Office - 9th Judicial Circuit
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Education
University of Florida
J.D. (2004)
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University of Florida
B.A. (2001)
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Awards
DUI Gladiator of the Year Award
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar # 0860131
Member
Current
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National College of DUI Defense
Current
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Current
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Current
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Orange County Bar Association
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Discovery in DUI Cases
Aspatore
Strategies for Defending DUI Cases in Florida
Aspatore
Speaking Engagements
DUI From the Defense Perspective, IPTM DUI Symsposium, Orlando
IPTM
DUI From the Defense Perspective, IPTM DUI Symsposium, Orlando
IPTM
Websites & Blogs
Website
FL DUI Group
Blog
FL Drug Defense Group
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. case law about prosecuting a case based on a knowingly false police report?
A: It wouldn’t be the first time and won’t be the last time that the prosecutor didn’t know everything law enforcement did or was doing. Everything law enforcement did should be disclosed to your attorney and if it wasn’t, your attorney is entitled to know why it wasn’t disclosed and potentially could get the evidence excluded through something called a Richardson hearing. But at the very least, the court should give your attorney more time to review the newly disclosed evidence.
Q. Haven't heard from my lawyer in three weeks have called texted numerous times to get an update. What do I do
A: I would keep trying to contact the attorney and/or his/her office. April 9th is still a ways away, so you have some time. If you still don’t hear back, try stopping by the attorneys office to make sure everything is ok. But the bottom line is, if you are worried about court, it’s always safest to just show up. Worst case scenario, your attorney is there and nothing happens, but if your attorney doesn’t show up, it’s best if you are there to explain to the judge what is going on with the lack of communication. Without knowing what jurisdiction your case is in, I would venture to say that the April 9 date is some sort of pre trial conference/status date since it’s at 1:30pm. Most judges wouldn’t set a trial date or anything like that for the afternoon.
Q. If I have a misdemeanor warrant in Polk county can I fly safely domestically
A: There shouldn’t be any issue with you flying domestically. Any international travel, however, will almost certainly result in the warrant being flagged and you being arrested. If there is a bond associated with the warrant, you can contact a local bondsman and ask them about doing a “walk thru” which would only involve you spending a few hours in jail.
Q. I hired a attorney for a felony, that the state dropped before I even had a court date,am I entitled to a refund
A: Isn’t the #1 goal when you hire an attorney to get the charges dismissed? If that goal was accomplished what should it matter if it was accomplished in 1 day or 1 year? Some may consider getting the dismissal quicker as being better, that way this case wasn’t hanging over your head for months or years. That being said, it never hurts to have a conversation with your lawyer to see exactly what he/she did or didn’t do and hopefully you are satisfied with what was done with your case. Remember, when you hire a lawyer, you are paying for their education, experience and relationships. If you hire a lawyer who can get your case dismissed with one phone call or you hire a lawyer that can get your same case dismissed by filing a million motions and spending countless hours in court, is there any difference? But like I said, it never hurts to address your concerns with your lawyer and also see your representation agreement covers any issues such as refunds.
Q. My boyfriend used his then girlfriend's cc over the phone for car repair. She later disputed the chrg of about $3,600.
A: The crime has nothing to do with whether or not the money was returned or not. I’m assuming the charge is unauthorized use of a credit card. In simple terms the simple act of using someone’s credit card without their permission is the crime. So whether or not, the money was returned or not is irrelevant to the crime. The fact that the money was returned though should make the case easier to deal with and since he has no criminal history in most jurisdictions, he should be eligible for some sort of pretrial diversion program that most of the time results in a dismissal of the charges.
Q. My license was suspended in court 2 week ago but the dmv is saying it is still valid. Can i drive?
A: Sometimes it can take a while for the suspension to get transmitted from the court over to the DMV, but until the DMV shows that your license is suspended there should be no issues.
Q. Will a suppression hearing take care of my charges?
A: A suppression hearing can take care of any charges if the Judge determines that you were searched illegally. So if the probation officer had no legal justification for searching your person or property, then a motion to suppress could result in your charges being dismissed if the judge agrees that the search was illegal.
Q. Do the DUI level 1 classes drug test in Melbourne FL
A: I have had clients tell me that they have been subjected to swabs of their mouth to test for the presence of alcohol when attending DUI School Level 1, but have never had a client ever mention any drug tests that were conducted.
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FL DUI Group
200 East Robinson Street
Suite 1140
Orlando, FL 32801
USA
Telephone: (321) 256-1141
Fax: (407) 902-0018