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.