The Orange County State Attorney’s office dropped a DUI charge against D’Anne Leigh Mica, daughter of U.S. Rep. John Mica, after an Orange County judge granted a defense motion to suppress the woman’s initial stop by the police, according to court records and sources familiar with the case.
D’Anne Leigh Mica was arrested in early 2010 on a charge of driving under the influence after police said she was stopped with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. Mica’s Orlando defense attorney filed motions to suppress the stop of Mica’s vehicle based on the Maitland Police officer being outside his jurisdiction when he stopped her. The basis for the stop was to “check on her well being.” The defense successfully argued that there was in sufficient probable cause to follow the woman and make the stop.
Specifically, the defense argued that police cannot leave their jurisdiction to “check” on people for a “well-being” check and therefore had no authority to stop Mica’s vehicle outside their jurisdiction.
Prosecutors initially planned to appeal the ruling but last week decided to drop the case. A police report indicated that Mica, a 34-year-old public-relations executive, was driving east on Horatio Avenue early on Jan. 8 when her black SUV drifted back and forth. An officer stopped her and asked if she was OK. He noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath and that her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, he wrote in the report.
Mica also reportedly failed two officer-administered breath tests, blowing a 0.192 percent and a 0.198 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Orlando and are facing criminal prosecution in either Orange County, Seminole County, Florida, or if you have had your driver license suspended for a DUI, contact the attorneys at Tilden Law for an initial and confidential consultation, 407-599-1234.