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Florida enforces a zero tolerance law against young drivers

Even if drivers in Florida are not familiar with the exact penalties they may face if they are arrested and convicted of drunk driving, they may know that they could face the loss of their license, fines and possibly jail time, depending upon the charges and sentencing. Drivers may only think that these penalties apply to individuals who have both the right to drive and have achieved the legal age at which they may drink alcohol; in Florida and other jurisdictions, zero tolerance laws make this assumption a falsehood.

What are roadside sobriety tests?

Drivers in Florida may have seen DUI tests being executed while driving down their local roads: individuals walking in lines, standing on one foot or looking at the flashlights of law enforcement officials. These seemingly random acts are a series of sobriety tests that can be used to attempt to determine when drivers are intoxicated. They are often called roadside or field sobriety tests and they are generally executed as three distinct assessments.

What to do after a drunk driving arrest

Over the Fourth of July holiday Florida residents may have enjoyed celebratory events with friends and family. It is not uncommon for individuals of the legal drinking age to indulge in beer, wine and other alcohol spirits when they are having a good time in the company of people they love. For some, this combination of getting out of the house to be with others and consuming a drink may have had an upsetting outcome: a drunk driving arrest.

Florida sheriff advocates for stricter drunk driving laws

Drunk driving can be a dangerous practice that can lead to accidents and arrests. The state of Florida, as well as other jurisdictions throughout the nation, have criminalized the act and impose different penalties on those who are convicted of drunk driving crimes. Every person accused of drunk driving, though, is entitled to their day in court and their right to fight for their freedom.

Know your options after a drunk driving arrest

An arrest for alleged drunk driving can be an unexpected and terrifying experience. In a moment's time a driver may be on their way home and suddenly confronted with a law enforcement official, a series of sobriety tests, and accusations that do not match with the truth of the situation. When this happens to a Florida resident it is important that they know what they can do to protect themselves.

What factors can influence my BAC?

A person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can be impacted by many internal and external factors. This post will offer readers a brief discussion of some of the ways a person's BAC may be affected. This information is important for Florida residents facing drunk driving charges to understand as they prepare their criminal defense strategy.

What is an ignition interlock device?

If a Florida driver is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and then later convicted on those charges, they may face a variety of possible legal consequences. While they may lose their driving privileges either through a license suspension or revocation, they may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. The remainder of this post will discuss what an ignition interlock device is and what it is used for.

Subsequent arrests can result in more serious DUI penalties

Getting through a drunk driving arrest can be a difficult and costly experience for a Florida resident. So much so that many people who suffer this unfortunate fate take pains to ensure that they will never have to go through the process again. However, not all drivers are able to avoid a repeat arrest. As a person collects drunk driving convictions on their record, the resulting penalties may become more severe.

Can a person challenge the results of a field sobriety test?

Field sobriety tests are real-time assessments that law enforcement officials make of individuals who they suspect are driving while drunk. In Florida, the police can use a variety of field sobriety tests to look for signs of alcohol impairment in drivers, such as the one-leg stand or the walk-and-turn test. Although there are guidelines on how law enforcement officials are to execute these assessments, it is possible for some drivers to challenge the results of their field sobriety tests and to have the evidence collected from them excluded from their drunk driving legal proceedings. This post will generally discuss some of the ways that common field sobriety tests may be challenged, but it is imperative that readers remember that this post provides no legal advice.

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