EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
Experience and expertise mean a lot when it comes to criminal defense. You want a lawyer who has been there and done that. You want a lawyer feared and respected by prosecutors. The State &Government do not act out of the kindness of their hearts and that is because they must be forced to do what is in the best interest of the client. This means a-head on, take no prisoners approach towards the handling of your case. Mr. Canet has built his reputation on this philosophy and is well known for his aggressive yet nasty attitude towards prosecutors.
02/08/2006 04-25776MM10A (Zack):
The client was charged with DUI Property Damage and DUI. The State presented the testimony of all the investigating officers and the other people involved in the accident AND an independent witness to the accident. There was no video tape to contradict the testimony of the officers regarding the client’s degree of impairment due to alcohol. The case depended on Mr. Canet’s cross examination of all these witnesses. Ultimately, the jury ACQUITTED on all counts.
02/14/2006 04-21951MM10A (Lazarus):
This case involved another client stopped and arrested by the BSO DUI Task Force. There was an on scene video of his performance of field sobriety exercises that was presented to the jury. The client was still ACQUITTED.
01/31/2006 05-08052MM10A (Zack):
This was another client arrested by an member of the BSO DUI Task Force. The State vigorously argued that the client’s video proved he was too impaired to drive. Mr. Canet was nonetheless able to gain an ACQUITTAL for the client and win the trial.
In this case the client was charged by Deputy George Anthony with Obstructing Without Violence. The client allegedly interfered with the deputy’s DUI investigation of the driver of the vehicle in which he was a passenger. The driver had been represented by Mr. Canet and had earlier accepted a plea of Reckless Driving with a withhold of adjudication. Mr. Canet used the on scene DUI video of that case to show the officer was fabricating his testimony against this client. Mr. Canet won the case when the Court found the client NOT GUILTY.
This client was allegedly stopped for improper lane change. The trooper that arrested him testified that he smelled marijuana and observed him throwing a joint in the back seat of his vehicle. The trooper also found a bottle of brandy in the car. On the BSO DUI video tape the client admitted that he had been smoking marijuana. Mr. Canet was able, however, to convince the jury there was reasonable doubt and obtained an ACQUITTAL and the win.
This was another case that Mr. Canet had forced to be voluntarily dismissed. However, the State would not give up their pursuit of this client and they re-filed the case. The client had been arrested by Deputy George Anthony another member of the BSO DUI Task Force. The on scene DUI video showing the client’s performance on field sobriety exercises was presented to the jury. The State argued strenuously that it demonstrated his impairment. The jury disagreed and Mr. Canet won the case by securing a NOT GUILTY verdict.
This client had been trapped at a BSO checkpoint and was video taped performing field sobriety exercises for CSA Jones. She was at the time one of the sheriff’s office most experienced investigators. All the police officers testified the client was too impaired to drive and the video was shown. Mr. Canet still secured an ACQUITTAL and the win.
This client could not afford to be convicted for DUI under any circumstance. There was no acceptable offer that had been made so the case had to go to trial and he had to win. Fortunately, Mr. Canet won the case and the jury ACQUITTED.
In this case the Defendant had been arrested after being investigated by Officer Periu and Officer Coderoy of the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department. Each testified at the trial regarding the client’s poor performance on roadside exercises. State also introduced the results of the client’s breath test which were .11 and .10. In addition, the video of his performance of field sobriety exercises at the BAT facility was also shown to the jury. Mr, Canet secured an ACQUITTAL and won the trial nonetheless.
This case involved a charge of Boating Under the Influence. The case was prosecuted by a supervising attorney of the Broward State Attorney’s Office. The State flew in an officer of the U.S. Coast Guard to testify that the client was impaired in addition to veteran member of the BSO DUI Task Force Deputy Craig Buttery. Mr. Canet won the case and the client was ACQUITTED.
This was another case investigated by Deputy James Herbert who stopped the client for failure to maintain a single lane that could be seen on the DUI video. The client also provided a breath sample and blew above the limit. Several witnesses testified and Mr. Canet aggressively cross-examined the State’s Intoxilyzer maintenance technician concerning the reliability of the test results. Mr. Canet, won the case and secured the ACQUITTAL.
This client was arrested by Deputy Craig Buttery of the BSO DUI Task Force. There was no roadside video showing the Defendant’s performance of roadside exercises. Mr. Canet was forced to cross examine the deputy based upon his recollection and report. However, there was a video of the Defendant at the BSO BAT facility taken sometime after the arrest. On the video the client was constantly baited by the officers in an attempt to make him look impaired. Mr. Canet was able to convince the jury the client was not impaired despite the video and the case was won with a NOT GUILTYverdict.
This case resulted in a mistrial the first time it was tried. This client had been arrested by officers of the Plantation Police Department. Including a sergeant who came to court, along with the others, and testified that the client was heavily impaired by alcohol. Mr. Canet was able to badly impeach the officers with their prior testimony and was able to convince the jury that they had lied from the witness stand. The jury agreed and found the client NOT GUILTY resulting in another win.
This client followed Mr. Canet’s advice not to accept a negotiated settlement to the lesser charge of Reckless Driving and was rewarded when Mr. Canet won his case and secured the ACQUITTAL.
This client was pulled over after nearly crashing into a police vehicle. He was investigated by veteran patrol officers of the Davie Police Department. A special DUI qualified investigator responded to the scene with a dash-board mounted video camera to record the investigation. The video showed that the client had problems with balance and all the officers testified that he was highly impaired. Mr. Canet was able to convince the jury to ACQUIT and the case was won despite all the evidence presented.
This client, upon advice, rejected the State’s of Reckless Driving and Mr. Canet secured the NOT GUILTY verdict and the win.
This client was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. Veteran DUI Task Force member Deputy Craig Buttery came and investigated. His investigation was captured on video and he testified that the client was impaired due to alcohol. Despite his opinion and the video, Mr. Canet persuaded the jury to ACQUIT and secured the victory.
This client was stopped by-then veteran member of the BSO DUI Task Force Deputy Grady. He videotaped his entire investigation that included her performance of roadside exercises. This client also provided a breath sample and a urine sample that tested positive for cocaine. Before the State was finished with its case they offered the client a plea to Reckless Driving with a withhold of adjudication. The offer was rejected and Mr. Canet proceeded with the trial. At the close of the State’s case and despite all the evidence, Mr. Canet moved the judge to dismiss the case. The motion was granted and the case was DISMISSED without having to go to the jury for deliberation.
This case was tried despite the State’s offer of Reckless Driving and Mr. Canet secured the ACQUITTAL and the win.
This client was stopped by veteran Davie Police Office Panariello for speeding along State Road 84. This officer summoned other officers to witness the DUI investigation. There was no video to corroborate the officer’s testimony. He was cross-examined by Mr. Canet off his police report which was highly prejudicial. Mr. Canet, despite all the opinions offered by all the officers that testified that the client was highly impaired, still secured the NOT GUILTY verdict and won the case.
This client was arrested and charged with DUI. The testimony at his trial was highly inflammatory. Mr. Canet, however, was able to get the NOT GUILTY verdict and the win.
This client was arrested by Deputy Andrew Taylor. Deputy Taylor was one of the most prolific and aggressive members of the BSO DUI Task Force. The client was initially stopped by another officer who had advised him that he was required by law to perform field sobriety exercises. Mr. Canet, prior to trial, successfully argued the exclusion of the roadside exercises. The case went to trial and was aggressively prosecuted. The judge DISMISSED the charge before the case ever got to the jury for deliberation.
This client was arrested by veteran DUI investigators of the BSO DUI Task Force, including Deputy Andrew Taylor, while driving through a BSO DUI checkpoint. The client agreed to provide a breath sample. His results were .10 and .11. The State called Deputy Jay Zager to provide expert testimony concerning the meaning of the results. Mr. Canet conducted a thorough cross-examination of the expert and was able to create reasonable doubt concerning the client’s actual breath alcohol level. The jury found the client NOT GUILTY and Mr. Canet secured the win.
This client was charged with DUI Property Damage and Leaving the Scene of the Accident. Several police officers and civilian witnesses came to court and testified the client was highly impaired due to alcohol and had intentionally fled the scene of the crash. However, Mr. Canet was able to carefully cross-examine each witness and establish that the client was forced to leave the scene for fear of his life. The jury accepted the theory of defense and ACQUITTED the client of all charges, including DUI, and Mr. Canet got a very satisfying win.
This client was charged with three counts of DUI property damage and Careless Driving by causing an accident. Several police officers and the other people involved in the crash came to court and testified. The case was tried directly to the Judge and she found the client NOT GUILTY of all the misdemeanor charges and DISMISSED all the other citations.
This client was charged with Leaving the Scene of An Accident and Careless Driving causing an accident. Rather than accept the standard plea offer of a withhold and court costs, he followed Mr. Canet’s advice and went to trial on his case. He was found NOT GUILTY by the Judge and Mr. Canet secured the win.
The client courageously followed Mr. Canet’s advice to go to trial before Judge Lazarus on his DUI case and was found NOT GUILTY by the jury and Mr. Canet secured the win.
This client was also charged with DUI and went to trial before Judge Feiner. The State aggressively prosecuted the case and presented much evidence of the client’s high degree of impairment due to alcohol. Mr. Canet, with second-chair Randy Goodis, however, persuaded the jury there was reasonable doubt and secured the NOT GUILTY verdict and the win for the client.
This client also courageously followed Mr. Canet’s advise to try his DUI case despite the judge. There was much testimony concerning his high level of alcohol impairment in addition to a BSO DUI videotape. On the tape the client made several incriminating admissions and the State argued he was behaving erratically. Mr. Canet, however, persuaded the jury, despite all the evidence presented, that there was reasonable doubt and the client was found NOT GUILTY.
This case was tried before then-criminal County Court Judge Lisa Trachman. The client was charged with DUI and had provided a breath sample for testing that was above the legal limit. Despite this evidence, however, Mr. Canet launched an aggressive attack against the breath test results and the jury was convinced that there was reasonable doubt. The client was ACQUITTED and Mr. Canet won the case.
This client was arrested by Officer Edward Kraynak, a legendary and veteran DUI Specialist from the Davie Police Department. There was a time when, like Deputy James Herbert of the BSO DUI Task Force, this officer would make over 200 DUI arrests in a year and would constantly appear in court to aggressively secure convictions in his cases. This time, however, he was aggressively and effectively cross-examined by Mr. Canet, who was second-chaired at the trial by Lloyd Golburgh. Together, they convinced the jury there was reasonable doubt, despite Officer Kraynak’ testimony and opinion concerning the high level of impairment and the client was found NOT GUILTY and the victory secured. Tragically, however, this young man died a few years after his case was won. He is missed by his family and friends.
This client was charged with DUI. Mr. Canet took her case to jury trial and she was found NOT GUILTY in 4 minutes.
This was a two day trial in Miami before then-County Court Judge Jose Rodriguez. This case was originally mis-tried by the State and had to be tried a second time. This client was arrested on South beach by officers of the Miami Beach Police Department . The Miami Beach Police have traditionally been one of the most aggressive DUI units in South Florida. In this case the client cooperated fully with police. There was testimony concerning indicators of impairment as well as a poor performance of field sobriety exercises. This client also provided breath samples of .12 and .12. The State called veteran and legendary DUI investigator Sam Behar. This officer, at the time, was one of the most aggressive DUI investigators in Florida and considered himself an authority in all aspects of DUI investigations. He testified at the trial concerning the meaning of the breath test results and unequivocally stated that the client was well above the legal limit at the time of driving. Mr. Canet conducted a blistering cross-examination of this witness that included an attack on his credentials and expertise in breath testing. Mr. Canet also called as defense experts, Mr. Rick Swope and Dr. Stefan Rose. After more than six hours of deliberation the jury found the client NOT GUILTY and Mr. Canet got one of the most satisfying wins of his career.
This client was charged with Resisting Arrest and DUI. Mr. Canet took the case to trial and the client was ACQUITTED of all charges and Mr. Canet got the win.
On the same day Mr. Canet obtained the Not Guilty verdict in Case #40, above, he took this case to trial. In this case, the client was not present for his trial. He had been arrested by Deputy Robert Lahif of the BSO DUI Task Force. Deputy Lahif, during his time with the task force had been recognized by MADD as one of the top DUI officers in the State. Mr. Canet aggressively cross-examined him and despite his testimony the jury found the absent client NOT GUILTY and Mr. Canet secured his second jury trial win of the day.
This was the father of a local attorney who had been arrested for DUI by the BSO. This case was aggressively prosecuted and presented to the jury. Mr. Canet, despite the police officer testimony and BSO video of the client, secured the win and the NOT GUILTY verdict.
This case went to trial in Miami before Judge Jeri Beth Cohen. Several officers came to court and barraged the client from the witness stand with testimony and opinions concerning his driving pattern and high level of alcohol impairment. This was also one of the last cases in Miami-Dade County where the police were still videotaping their investigations, so that a videotape of the client was also shown to the jury. Mr. Canet aggressively cross-examined all the officers, persuaded the jury they were either fabricating evidence or were unqualified to render their opinions and secured a NOT GUILTY verdict and a satisfying win for the client.
This case involved two counts. One for DUI, the second count for Resisting Arrest without Violence. The client was ACQUITTED on both charges.
Canet went to trial in this case with breath results of .13. The State, this time, did not call the expert seeking to thwart his previous breath expert cross-examination strategy. Jury still ACQUITTED and Mr Canet got the win.
This cleint was a former police officer. He was charged with DUI. Mr Canet took the case to trial and secured a NOT GUILTY verdict in seven minutes.
This was a DUI refusal case. However, the Defendant had admitted to having five drinks and was performing pirouettes on her video. The jury found the client NOT GUILTY and Mr. Canet later represented the foreperson of this jury who was also arrested for DUI.
This was a DUI case. During the trial the State called several police officer witnesses who testified that the client exhibited all the indicators of alcohol impairment, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and the odor of alcohol on his breath. They also testified that he had performed poorly on roadside exercises. Despite all the evidence, however, Mr. Canet went to trial and the client was ACQUITTED and the victory secured.
Mr. Canet went to trial in this case with breath results of .13. He crossed examined then-state’s expert, Deputy David Fries, on issues relating to blood to breath partition ratios. The jury ACQUITTED the client and Mr. Canet got the win. The Judge ordered transcript of his cross examination of the State’s breath expert.