One of the hardest aspects of a DUI arrest is its impact on your driver's license. Losing your license may be more than just an inconvenience. It can also sidetrack your job, education and ability to care for your family. And given the harsh consequences of driving without a license, ignoring the law and getting behind the wheel anyway is not a smart decision.
Have you ever been out with your friends at a bar and thought you were okay to drive after a couple of drinks? If you have, you're not alone. A lot of people think that they know their tolerance for alcohol, oftentimes believing that they've waited long enough after drinking to be safe to drive or thinking they haven't consumed enough alcohol to be intoxicated.
To our south, in Broward County, a young woman was sentenced to more than two decades in prison because of the part she played in a fatal accident that claimed the lives of two individuals. Some people here in Orange County may remember hearing about the crash on the Sawgrass Expressway on November 21, 2013.
It's certainly newsworthy in Florida and potentially of interest to some of our readers, so we're reporting it.
DUI's on New Year's Eve are common since law enforcement is out in full force and with so many parties they are sure to find people. Cops may set up checkpoints as well which is throwing a net out there and hoping to catch something.
We are all human, and we all make mistakes. Sometimes it takes a celebrity to remind us of the central fact that the errors we make that we believe are perhaps singular and not commonly committed by others are, in fact, quite common.
Here's a scenario that can be truly frightening for a motorist in Florida or anywhere else in the country: suffering consequences stemming from a flatly wrong reading supplied by a breathalyzer machine administered by a police officer.
Let's talk breathalyzers.
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").
Suffering a drunk driving conviction in Florida is no trifling matter.