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DUI in the eyes of the law

Most people understand what a DUI means and how and why they are received. However, referencing DUI laws in terms of being 'per se' tends to confuse some people. The term per se is used to describe something in and of itself. In reference to DUI cases, per se laws essentially establish that as far as the law is concerned an individual is intoxicated at a BAC of 0.08. The general belief is that no other evidence aside from and over the limit BAC is needed to establish intoxication.

Mental illness and DUI

When an officer suspects a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they can pull them over on suspicion of DUI. Many times it is drugs or alcohol that is responsible for an individuals erratic or dangerous driving. However, occasionally other underlying reasons may be to blame for a driver's recklessness. When this happens, it is our hope that officers and other authorities are prepared and trained to handle whatever the cause may be. Aside from simply arresting an individual for intoxicated driving, authorities should be able to recognize the warning signs of mental illness.

How does someone actually reach a BAC of 0.08?

When people think about blood alcohol content (BAC) or driving under the influence, they typically think of the magic number 0.08. For most of us that have had a glass of wine with dinner or a few beers during the game, getting to the level where we believe we may be over the legal limit may seem pretty hard to do given our typical drinking habits. While we know that we are consuming alcohol, our bodies tend to metabolize it at a rate that keeps the light, social drinker at a BAC level below the legal limit. So how does someone actually reach a BAC of 0.08? Well, among other things, habit plays a huge role in how and when someone reaches the 0.08 mark.

Why is getting a charge expunged so important in Florida?

If you're like a lot of our Florida readers, then you might have a conviction on your criminal record that you'd rather soon forget. Perhaps you received in when you were younger and didn't know any better. Or maybe it's a misdemeanor you paid for long ago and don't want to continuing paying for for the rest of your life.

MADD award goes to intoxicated officer

Anyone that has been pulled over by an officer for suspected DUI will likely agree that it is one of the most embarrassing moments in their lifetime. To add insult to injury, some officers involved may even be slightly condescending or perhaps a bit belittling to those they pull over. While it is their job to keep the roads safe, they are human too. If anyone in law enforcement needs a reminder of that fact, they should look no further than Pinellas County where their highest DUI arresting officer recently showed up to a MADD conference noticeably intoxicated.

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