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Breathalyzers: a common policing tool, but far from infallible

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.

After drinking you must have DUI awareness

What exactly is "DUI awareness"? You hear people who have had one too many drinks talk in terms such as "body weight" or "alcohol tolerance". In their everyday life they think they can have complete control over how much they drink and how it truly affects them. But when you are pulled over by the police that "DUI awareness" doesn't do you any good.

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.

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