It's a mistake many people make: getting behind the wheel after a few too many drinks. Because driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause serious injury or deaths, the law around DUI offenses is strict in Florida. Penalties can be harsh, even for a first-time offender. Even if it does not include jail time, it could impact your driver's license and cost you hefty fees.
Driving after having a drink is not a crime. You can be charged with a crime when the alcohol has "impaired" your ability to drive. Since you are a responsible person, you are always careful about how many drinks you have at a restaurant, a bar or a friend's house so you can get home safe.
We've all heard anecdotal tales on how to get out of a DUI. Whether it was a friend at the country club or a business associate at conference, everyone has their theory on how to beat the system, fool the police and trick the machines.
In a December 31, 2014 article for the Atlantic, the president and founder of BACtrack, a personal breath test company, likened the drunk driving problem in the United States to driving a car without a speedometer. If speedometers help us to avoid speeding tickets, why don't we have a tool to help us avoid drunk driving arrests? It was on this question that Keith Nothacker founded his company.
Typically, when a police officer pulls you over in your car, the worst you can expect is some kind of traffic violation. It may be annoying or embarrassing to have to pay for that speeding ticket or take a defensive driving course, but the long-term ramifications of the incident are minor or nonexistent. Because of this, some people are not concerned when a police officer pulls them over and questions their level of sobriety.
The average person is afraid of jail time or imprisonment if convicted of a crime, and it is this deterrent that often prevents people from engaging in criminal activity. However, the truth is that imprisonment is not the only consequence that awaits those who are convicted of a crime. The most severe crimes come with additional penalties, even after a prison sentence has been served.
Being arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving is unquestionably a stressful experience. Seeing a squad car's emergency lights coming toward you can set off mild panic in almost anyone, even if you aren't the target of their pursuit. And if you are pulled over and a Florida law enforcement officer strolls to the door of your vehicle, even the most unflappable of us can suddenly get visibly anxious.
If you are charged with a crime, there is one thing that you should remember; no matter what the circumstances, you are innocent until proven guilty. No matter how dire the situation seems, even if you believe that there is no chance that you will avoid a conviction, you should still consult with an attorney and mount a legal defense. Even if you are convicted, the fight is not necessarily over, and you should always be searching for ways to defend yourself and prove your innocence.
The holiday season is in full swing, and many people are getting together with friends, family and coworkers to celebrate. Of course, there is a great deal of travel involved in the holidays, and for many people, family gatherings and social parties involve drinking. Travel and drinking do not mix well in the eyes of the law. As a result, many law enforcement officials, including those in Florida, are likely out in force attempting to catch any drunk drivers on the road.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you may be feeling many different emotions, ranging from fear and anxiety to anger and frustration. You have likely considered consulting with an attorney about your case, but you may not be sure that it is worth the time or investment, especially depending on the circumstances of your arrest. If you had a few beers and blew over the legal limit to a breathalyzer, your case is as good as closed, right? Wrong.