Many Florida DUI cases involve drivers who’ve just left a bar or restaurant. In one recent situation, a 36-year-old man was arrested after allegedly fleeing into a tiki bar parking lot to elude arrest. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Hialeah man was arrested at the Looe Key Tiki Bar. The arresting officer witnessed the man passing cars in no-passing zones. When the officer began pursuit, the man turned off the road and into a bar parking lot. The officer claims the man smelled of alcohol and made the arrest. Read the rest »
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With the summer heat comes an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the roadway. Tourists and Florida residents alike tend to enjoy drinking alcohol more in the summer heat. This often leads to an increase in the number of alcohol-related accidents, injuries and fatalities. Police agencies in Florida step up their DUI enforcement efforts significantly during the summer to reduce drunk driving accidents, as well as catch and punish drunk drivers.
Whenever you go to the beach or a barbeque this summer, make sure you do not drive while under the influence or exhibit signs of intoxication. Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for: Read the rest »
One of the top prospects at his position for the 2015 NFL Draft has been arrested on a DUI charge. According to NFL.com, a top Florida State cornerback was arrested during the early morning hours of April 3, 2015 near the FSU campus in Tallahassee. Officials saw him make an illegal left turn out of a parking lot before stopping at a green light and swerving over the centerline. He reportedly refused to take a field sobriety test but admitted to recently leaving a local bar.
He was also cited for numerous violations in October when he was involved in a car accident. According to The New York Times, he could have been charged with a hit-and-run for that accident because he allegedly fled the scene.
Being charged with a DUI can have immediate and long-term financial and professional consequences. The young NFL prospect involved in this incident has been projected as the 35th overall draftee. It is possible that this arrest could result in a significant drop in the draft, which could cost him millions of dollars. Read the rest »
A Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy pulled over and arrested a man on suspicion of DUI on October 2010. The man never denied that he had been driving drunk. However, he did have an unusual defense for his actions. He claimed that he had been driving under the influence only because he was taking a sick cat to an all-night veterinary clinic and that it was an emergency.
Indeed, the cat, the cat’s owner and two of the man’s acquaintances were in his car when he was pulled over near the highway exit where the clinic was located. Unfortunately, the cat did die “shortly after the vehicle stop that resulted in [the suspect’s] arrest,” according to court records.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that states lower the minimum blood alcohol level that is currently considered the threshold for drunk driving from 0.08 to 0.05. In the 30 years since the first state (Utah) implemented the 0.08 limit, drunk driving deaths have dropped nearly 50 percent in the United States.
NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman pointed out that while the board does not have enforcement power to mandate that states implement a lower limit, the U.S. has fallen behind the European Union in cutting drunk driving fatalities. The EU has already adopted a 0.05 alcohol blood limit. Read the rest »
It is common knowledge that a driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) conviction in Florida will result in hefty fines and driver’s license suspension. First time drivers, in addition to other consequences, are also required to attend DUI School and perform 50 hours of community service. Many drivers, however, are not aware of the many personal and professional consequences they face as the result of DUI conviction. If you are facing DUI charges in Florida, it is important that you discuss the many penalties and consequences you face with a skilled Jacksonville DUI defense attorney.
How a DUI Can Affect Your Career
There are a number of ways in which a DUI can affect your employment. Commercial drivers, for example, are not allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle for one year following a DUI conviction. Only after that year can drivers request a reinstatement of their commercial driver’s license. Motorists who were transporting hazardous materials at the time of the arrest will have to wait three years before being able to drive again. Read the rest »