The repercussions a drunk driving arrest can go far beyond fines and jail time. Your reputation is also at stake, even if the prosecution fails to prove its claims. In fact, under Florida law, even a DUI charge that was dismissed is still accessible to the public and remains on your record. That is, unless you take legal steps to have your arrest record sealed or expunged.
With the rise in policing of DUIs and drunk driving, it's important to know your rights. For instance, did you know that police have to follow specific rules and regulations in order to submit your blood alcohol test results to the courts? You may want to think about your options if you've been charged, and take note of the increase in patrols around Flagler County, Florida.
All drunk driving arrests are not treated equally under Florida state law. The unique circumstances of each DUI arrest determine how serious the resulting charges will be. There are a number of factors that can automatically result in elevated charges. For example, DUI arrests that follow car accidents or that involve children or drivers with criminal records all lead to higher level charges.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a Hernando County sheriff's deputy who was arrested on drunk driving charges last month won't be prosecuted. The Florida State Attorney's Office said it decided not to proceed with the case due to conflicting witness accounts and a lack of evidence. Many Florida residents may be wondering whether this man received preferential treatment because he is a law enforcement officer.