If you're reading this blog post, it's likely that you are a motorist residing in Central Florida or elsewhere in the state.
Last week, we discussed an issue that might be on the minds of Florida residents currently facing the prospect of charges for driving under the influence. More often than not, driver's license suspension is an automatic penalty associated with DUI conviction.
Among the many consequences associated with a conviction for driving under the influence, losing the ability to legally drive may be the most damaging. After all, many people rely on their vehicles to get to work or bring the children to school. A single lapse in judgment could put these responsibilities in jeopardy.
One of the most important rights afforded to Americans by the constitution is the protection against illegal searches and seizures by law enforcement officers. In many cases, police must obtain a warrant before conducting a search.
Choosing whether to submit to a breath test or not can be a worrying decision. The results are not always accurate and blowing over the state's legal limit, 0.08 in Florida, can land you with DUI charges. However, breath test refusal can earn you automatic license suspension. Whatever your decision, however, the outcome can be challenged in court if it is not in your favor.
I have seen people come into court with a suspended license.
If you are suspected of driving under the influence, your first concern might be the possible criminal charges. However, you may also have your license revoked. For many, license suspension can be a huge problem, particularly if they need to drive to work or get their children to and from school. In Florida, a proposed transportation bill has been amended with the goal of helping certain categories of drivers acquire conditional licenses for necessary travel or to receive a reduced period of suspension.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a Hernando County sheriff's deputy who was arrested on drunk driving charges last month won't be prosecuted. The Florida State Attorney's Office said it decided not to proceed with the case due to conflicting witness accounts and a lack of evidence. Many Florida residents may be wondering whether this man received preferential treatment because he is a law enforcement officer.
Getting arrested and charged with drunk driving carries with it oftentimes incredibly steep consequences. From license suspensions to time in jail, even first-time offenders can find themselves facing life-changing penalties for what might have been a simple mistake. But although some people here in Florida might think that their life is over because of a DUI charge, an offer of a lighter sentence might be the chance a person needs in order to redeem themselves and pass on an important lesson to other people as well.
Most residents of Orange County are likely aware that sometimes severe consequences go along with a drunk driving conviction. People may not be aware however that depending on the circumstances surrounding an arrest, penalties may be assessed even without a conviction. A woman recently arrested in nearby Volusia County is experiencing this first hand.