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September 2015 Archives

Emotional impact of losing right to drive

For most American drivers, since receiving your license as a teen, freedom of the open road has been somewhat of a therapeutic calling. Our ability to change our surroundings, relax our minds and relieve stress has always been just a car key away. However, just as with old age, illness or surgery, having our ability to go places taken away from us because of a DUI can have lasting and devastating effect on your mental and emotional well-being.

Public may take DUI cue from judges

As part of a good defense, many criminal defense attorneys ask that their clients refuse BAC tests when stopped for a possible DUI. This advice has caught a lot of heat from the public and law enforcement citing that it is a costly way to get drunk drivers off of their charges. However, an article published in the Sun Sentinel shows that not only is it good advice to refuse BAC tests, it is such good advice that even judges are taking it.

Read the fine print before you drink

Few events are more significant to a teenager than receiving your license. After the studying and hard work, all the driving hours and asking for rides, you finally get that little plastic card that gives you the right to operate a vehicle. As we get older, and our lifestyles change, that little plastic card turns into something else. For Florida residents, it becomes the consent they might not want to give.

BAC margin of error 50 percent

For the last several decades, the Breathalyzer test has been the go-to judge of intoxication for suspected drunk drivers. Generally more common than blood or urine tests, the Breathalyzer and the BAC reading it produces have been enough to charge thousands of drivers with DUI. Considering the fact that BAC readings have been considered irrefutable evidence of driving while intoxicated, some may be surprised to find out they never should be.

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