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.
Over the last few weeks, this Florida-based drunk driving defense legal blog offered a brief review of how a person's blood alcohol concentration may impact the type of charge that is filed against them. While a low BAC level is not an automatic indicator that a person will be charged with a less serious crime, significant legal challenges can face a person whose BAC is well above the state's legal limit of .08 percent.
A drunk driving conviction can alter the course of a Florida resident's life. However, not all DUI charges are the same. Depending upon the concentration of alcohol allegedly found in a person's blood, their charges may vary. This post will examine some of the ways that BAC may influence drunk driving charges, but readers are cautioned that this post is neither comprehensive of the state's laws nor offered to provide legal advice.
The word 'test' can send chills down the spine of any Florida resident who has ever tensed up before being subjected to a scored evaluation. While most of the tests that people must face are academic or physical in nature, there is one set of tests that no person ever wants to have to complete: field sobriety tests. These tests are administered when a law enforcement official suspects that a driver is intoxicated, oftentimes when they have made a traffic stop to determine if their suspicions are correct.
The winter holiday season is officially here, and even though Floridians may not get to see the snow that other Americans experience during the colder months of the year they will undoubtedly be celebrating the many special days that occur during November, December, and January. The end of the year brings gatherings with co-workers and friends, family members, and loved ones, all which often include good food, conversations, and more likely than not, drinks.
Drunk driving charges can have a serious personal and professional impact on an accused individual. In a Florida community a couple hours east of the Okaloosa area a doctor was recently arrested on drunk driving charges following a crash with a local sheriff's vehicle. A representative for the doctor noted that the crash occurred at low speeds in bumper-to-bumper traffic and was with an unmarked sheriff's pickup truck.
In Florida during 2011 there were a total of 33,625 DUI convictions according to DMV records. A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on the life of the accused individual. DUI charges can impact all aspects of the life of an accused individual including their personal and professional lives. In addition, in Florida, DUI charges carry serious penalties and potential consequences.
Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges. Authorities from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office recently reported arresting an alleged drunk driver. According to a witness, the driver hit a guardrail and was driving recklessly. Witnesses called in to report the alleged drunk driver. Following the traffic stop, the 29-year old driver was arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. The man was allegedly in possession of Xanax and a syringe.
It's a sight no one in Florida wants to see while driving -- the flash of red and blue lights in their rear-view mirror and the sound of police sirens blaring. Being pulled over can be a stressful experience, but that stress is ratcheted up when the officer requests that you perform a breath test on suspicion of drunk driving. Florida drivers might wonder, do they have to comply with that request?
Drunk driving is a serious offense in Florida, and a conviction can come with serious penalties. This is true even if it is your first offense and you didn’t hurt anyone. However, the situation becomes even more critical if there are aggravating factors involved.