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Visiting Florida as a tourist and get a DUI? Now what happens?

The winter months can bring an influx of visitors to the sunshine state looking for outdoor fun, the ocean and attractions. Then even more show up around March during spring break when most folks are fed up from a long winter of cold and snow. Many vacationers to Florida use alcohol during their visit, which can easily turn into a DUI conviction.

If you are caught and convicted of a DUI in South Florida and you are a resident of another state, you will be subject to the laws and fines of Florida and not to your home state. One thing that may confuse people about receiving a DUI in Florida while visiting from another state is how they will complete any punishments for their Florida crime. Since it is usually not logical to ask someone to return to Florida to serve jail time, attend treatment or work out logistics of a license suspension, the states have worked out a compact with each other.

Can you get a DUI if you’re not driving?

After a game, party or night on the town with friends, you may wonder if you are too buzzed to drive safely. While a power nap in your car might be enough to sober up, it may not be enough to save you from a DUI in the state of Florida.

Due to strict regulations for driving under the influence (DUI), you may be cautious about getting behind the wheel at all if you’ve been drinking. Out of fear of being arrested, spending time in jail and getting your license suspended, you may feel “sleeping it off” in your car is a safer choice than taking the risk of driving home. The only problem is that just might not be enough to stay out of trouble.

Enjoy your holiday celebrations without the risk of drunk driving

The holiday season is a time filled with office parties, family gatherings and fancy dinners, which are often paired with alcohol. In the name of celebration, those who don't normally drink may choose to imbibe, and those who don't normally drink heavily may choose to overindulge. While this all happens in good fun, a common problem is that those who have been drinking are unable to safely drive home.

What is an aggravated DUI in Florida?

If you are familiar with DUI laws in Florida, you should know that the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) when operating a motor vehicle is .08%. If you are pulled over by a police officer and a test shows that you are over this limit, you will be subject to harsh penalties for this infraction. In Florida, you can face a first-degree misdemeanor for your first DUI offense. But there is another kind of DUI offense you may face, and it can mean even more severe penalties. 

Obtaining a hardship license after a DUI conviction

After driving under the influence of alcohol, an officer pulled you over, and you were subsequently charged with a DUI. Upon your conviction, a court assigned a 6-month driver’s license suspension to your driving privileges, among other fines. You wonder how you will attempt to travel to and from your job, and you question how you will sustain yourself and family without your job’s income.

In Florida, you have the opportunity to apply for a hardship license if you prove eligible and follow specific steps in securing the license. You do not have to lose income and experience drastic life changes after a DUI conviction, and if you require a restricted license, Florida court may assign the privilege to you. 

Why recovering from opioid addiction is so hard

Those who have never struggled with addiction to alcohol, drugs or prescription painkillers sometimes make the mistake of thinking getting help "cures" people of their cravings. With therapy and perhaps medical intervention, that addiction should be gone, right?

Those who own up to their addiction and actually seek treatment know better. If last week's reports of singer Demi Lovato's relapse into opioid addiction is anything, it's a reminder that getting sober is no easy feat, even if you have all the money and support from family, friends and fame to help you. So why is getting clean so hard to do?

Will a first-time offender have to pay bail?

Getting arrested is a scary experience, particularly for first-time offenders. They likely do not know anything about the arrest process, other than what they have seen on TV. What is shown on most TV shows would not do much to alleviate fears. Usually, a first-time offender will face less severe penalties and should not have to stay in jail.

Women increasingly falling victim to opioid addiction

When people picture the face of the opioid epidemic, they likely imagine a young man shooting up heroin somewhere like an abandoned building. They probably do not think about their wives or mothers becoming addicted to an opioid. The startling truth is, that in the United States, the number of women dying from opioid overdoses has increased more sharply than the number of men.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 18 U.S. women die each day from an overdose of prescription pain killers. In 2015, women accounted for 33 percent of the opioid deaths. From 1999 to 2015, the number of women dying from an opioid overdose increased 568 percent compared to a 380 percent increase for men.

What to do if your child is charged with drug possession

You and your spouse have worked hard to provide a loving, comfortable home for your children. You tried your best to raise your child right. Now your son or daughter has been charged with drug possession. You are not sure how you got here, but you know you want to do everything you can to protect your child’s future.

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