I had the pleasure of diving with some friends last week in the Florida Keys. We were on the hunt for spiny lobster. We were able to hit our limit every morning. I’ve lived in Florida now for almost 8 years and this was my first lobster dive. We’ve been eating lobster quesadillas every night…
It is easy to have a few too many drinks when you are out with friends, but in the State of Florida, if you get behind the wheel of a car and drive while you are intoxicated, the results can be disastrous. A single, momentary lapse in judgment can have negative and long-lasting effects on your personal freedom, your professional life, and your finances. In addition, DUI convictions carry serious consequences, including:
- DUI Diversion Program (“Back on Track” Program)
- Mandatory Adjudication
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Jail or prison time
- Community Service
- Vehicle Ignition interlock device
- Victim Impact Panel
- DUI School
- And more
If you have been arrested for drunk driving or DUI anywhere in the State of Florida, it is in your best interest to contact a qualified Miami DUI defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.
ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING REGARDING THE LOSS OF YOUR LICENSE
The days following a DUI arrest are extremely important. Anyone who is arrested for DUI is issued a 10 day permit; within those 10 days you must petition the Department of Motor Vehicles for an Administrative Hearing to contest your license suspension. Unfortunately, without an experienced Miami DUI attorney on your side, you could miss these critical deadlines and be forced to forfeit your license.
FLORIDA DUI CHARGES AND ARRESTS
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Miami and throughout the State of Florida may result in an arrest or charge of DUI. In Florida, DUI involves:
- Driving or being in actual or physical control of a vehicle while a person’s normal faculties are impaired, by either alcohol, chemical or controlled substances.
- A blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 millimeters of blood
- A breath alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath
MIAMI FIELD SOBRIETY TEST (OR ROADSIDE TEST) AND BREATH TEST (“INTOXILZYER”)
In Florida, the police use Field Sobriety Tests and Intoxilyzer results to determine whether a person is driving under the influence. Unfortunately, the Field Sobriety Tests are not always accurate, because the results can be influenced by other non-alcohol related factors such as nervousness, weather conditions, lighting conditions, uneven roadways, flashing police lights, etc. If you are pulled over by the police for suspicion of DUI in Florida, you are not required by law to submit to Field Sobriety testing; however, because of Florida’s “implied consent laws” you automatically consent to taking a Florida breath test whenever you operate a motor vehicle on Florida’s roadways. If you refuse to take the Florida breath test, your license can be suspended and your refusal may be used against you in court. It is advisable to consult a skilled Miami DUI lawyer for legal advice as soon as possible, if you have failed or refused to take these tests.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT MIAMI, FLORIDA DUI CONVICTIONS
Many factors influence the penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida such as:
- Prior DUI convictions
- Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL)
- Property damage caused by person driving under the influence
- Personal injuries or death caused to someone else by person driving under the influence
- The presence of a minor in the vehicle
- And more
A MIAMI FLORIDA DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY ON YOUR SIDE
If you have been charged with DUI in Miami or anywhere in the State of Florida, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer to help you fight these charges. If so, how to choose a reputable DUI defense lawyer who will fight for your rights—and your future? If you are convicted of DUI, your entire future may be at stake. As such, you need a Miami DUI defense attorney who will protect and defend you during this difficult time. Chad Piotrowski is a qualified Miami DUI defense attorney who provides legal representation for individuals charged with DUI in Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and all over the State of Florida. Call the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today to arrange a free confidential review of your Florida DUI case.