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Can Dram Shop Laws help a DUI defense?

A 'Dram Shop' law is one of those laws that few people realize exists but most people agree it should. Named after the 18th-century English tavern practice of selling gin, a teaspoon, or dram, at a time.  Dram shop laws give those impacted by a DUI charge, the ability to hold an establishment owner partially responsible for the intoxication that led to the charge.

Before a breath test stop and think

Most people that have been pulled over for suspicion of DUI can attest to the fact that no matter if you're guilty or not, the situation is scary. Many times, the simple possibility of being in trouble with the law can lead drivers to say and do things they normally wouldn't. Before drivers incriminate themselves with a Breathalyzer reading, they should stop and think about how a strong defense attorney can best serve them.

What is the difference between sealing and expunging?

Depending on what you have experienced or what life has in store for you, you might be thinking about how your criminal record may impact your future plans. If you are concerned with how your past mistakes may come back to haunt your future, you should speak to an attorney about having your record expunged or sealed.

The actual cost of a DUI in Florida

In Florida, the average fine for a first time DUI offense runs somewhere between $250 and $500 depending on the circumstances. For many people, this doesn't sound too bad. Only $250 if caught being over the legal limit while driving? The fine doesn't come close to the pain of losing your license or the embarrassment of arrest.  However, when you assign a value to all the aspects of the charge including a defense, paying the fines, the auto insurance increase and everything else, the actual cost of your first DUI shoots up to somewhere around $8000.

Drug related DUI is tough to prove

Most every American driver has heard of a Breathalyzer test. It is a test used to measure the blood alcohol content of a driver suspected of being under the influence. However, the term under the influence can mean being impaired due to alcohol or drugs. Any substance, even over-the-counter medications that impair a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle can contribute to a DUI charge.

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