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DUI Archives

Primer: What is that Florida ignition interlock penalty all about?

As we noted in a recent blog post, the penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction in Florida can be many and exacting (please see our October 22 entry for a description of what we called therein "the outsized repercussions that often stem from a DUI charge").

Happy Hours are DUI hot spots

"Happy Hour" seems like the perfect way to unwind after a tough day at work. Enjoying a few cheap drinks after the workday sounds harmless, but Happy Hour locations have become DUI hot spots.

DUI suspicion

How does a suspicion of a DUI start and what is the outcome? As we know a DUI represents the act of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An officer can stop anyone, anytime, they suspect a driver to be under the influence. When the officer pulls over the driver for suspicion of DUI, that person is given several tests that will either validate or eradicate suspicion of impaired driving. If the driver fails to pass any of the DUI tests, they will be arrested on the spot for suspicion of DUI. Of course, the court must show proof of DUI in order to get a conviction, but as you can see a "DUI" and "suspicion" go hand in hand. Police look for drivers who exhibit several suspicious actions that could be due to driving under the influence. Cops are looking for swerving, excessive speeding, failure to yield at a stop sign, etc.

DUI Checkpoints All Over Orlando

Even if you've only had a couple of beers at a bar, you still need to be extra careful the minute you start driving your car. Cops are out there looking for you to slip up. Driving over the speed limit; not coming to a full stop at a stop sign; failing to use your turn signals when switching lanes, etc.

Minors and DUI; special considerations, the need for counsel

Most drunk driving arrests in Orange County and elsewhere across Florida involve adult drivers. Minors, too, though, are sometimes arrested and charged with DUI, with their cases often involving special considerations based upon their relative youth.

How a DUI can affect your career

A DUI charge isn't just a personal problem for the time-being. It can cost you your current job, while also haunting your future career plans. A few weeks ago, a Greyhound bus driver was arrested for DUI. The bus driver was caught swerving all over I-95 in the Central FL area, while he was driving a group of people from Jacksonville to Miami. 

DUI checkpoints on Labor Day Weekend

Last weekend to enjoy Summer starts right now, but you should probably keep your eyes open all weekend. You can expect law enforcement to be out in full force looking to catch people drinking and driving.

Florida drivers, expect company from the Highway Patrol this week

Any Florida motorist who has had a few drinks and thinks that he or she might stand a reasonable chance of being undetected by Florida law enforcers while out on a state road or interstate this week is likely mistaken.

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