Drunk driving charges result in many consequences in Florida. Not only is there the potential to lose one's driver's license and face fines, probation and even jail time, but DUI convictions can also severely limit educational and career opportunities down the line.
For example, many Orlando residents have heard that Gov. Rick Scott has decided to suspend a Longwood city commissioner after he was charged with a DUI in relation to a November car accident. The 63-year-old is facing felony charges for reckless driving causing serious injury and DUI causing serious bodily injury, and now it appears he might lose his job as well.
DUI charges do not only negatively affect the careers of public figures. Teachers, professional drivers, and daycare providers are among those who sometimes lose their jobs as soon as they are charged with DUIs.
The Longwood city commissioner was involved in a one-car accident on Nov. 10 when a car that he was driving struck a median and rolled over on Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
He and his passenger were both injured in the accident.
The commissioner's blood-alcohol content was measured at .105 percent following the crash, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Of course, blood-alcohol tests are sometimes flawed, but anyone in Florida whose test results read least .08 percent is assumed to be impaired. That does not mean, however, that those who are arrested with a blood-alcohol test of more than .08 percent cannot successfully fight the charges.
In this case, however, the defendant is facing serious penalties even though he has yet to be convicted of any crime.
Those who face DUI charges in Florida are often wise to talk to a DUI attorney about their rights. In many cases, there are options available that help DUI defendants either fight the charges or resolve their cases in the best possible way.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Governor suspends Longwood commissioner 'Butch' Bundy after DUI charge," Martin E. Comas, Jan. 10, 2014