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Category: DWI/DUI


MAR. 16 2017
Harsher Penalties Ahead for Floridians Who Refuse DUI Tests?
Harsher Penalties Ahead for Floridians Who Refuse DUI Tests?
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There is a thin line that separates a driver who can legally drive after drinking and one who has committed a crime. How thin is that line? The difference between .07 and .09 could be a half a beer for some. However, where consequences are concerned, the difference means thousands of dollars in fines and a criminal record.

 

One of the most surefire ways for the police to get evidence that a driver is too drunk to drive is to have them submit to a breath test or to undergo other chemical tests. You can refuse to take these …

DEC. 1 2016
Enjoy the Holidays – Without Getting Caught at a DUI Checkpoint
Enjoy the Holidays – Without Getting Caught at a DUI Checkpoint
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It seems kind of cruel for police to set up DUI checkpoints during the holidays. They clog up already busy streets, making it difficult to get where you’re going in time. They put lots of innocent people through an unnecessary and invasive check. Sometimes, those same innocent people may even find themselves charged due to procedural or mechanical errors.

 

The reality of DUI checkpoints, however, is that they reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents on the road and save citizens’ lives. As for begin needed during the holidays – with lots of people traveling and even more going …

OCT. 10 2016
How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost in Florida?
How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost in Florida?
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There are a lot of reasons not to drink and drive. You put yourself and other people on the road in serious danger. You could face criminal charges. You could lose your ability to drive.

 

In many ad campaigns trying to stop people from drinking and driving, the focus is on the high costs of a DUI conviction. But driving under the influence is a misdemeanor in Florida – so how bad can it be?

 

As it turns out, a DUI conviction can cost you thousands of dollars. This includes charges for court-ordered penalties as well as long-term …

AUG. 16 2016
5 Reasons You Should Fight a Failed Florida Breathalyzer Test
5 Reasons You Should Fight a Failed Florida Breathalyzer Test
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Sobriety checkpoints are extremely stressful, even if you are sober. Anxiety alone can cause you to stutter through conversations with police officers and stumble through roadside tests. If the officer decides to give you a breathalyzer, some people panic, whether or not they’ve had a drink in the past few hours. You might think: “What if the breathalyzer blows positive even if I had nothing to drink?”

 

That may sound like a silly fear to some people, but it’s not completely unwarranted. Over the years, there have been numerous cases in which breathalyzers have registered a false positive and …

JUNE  23 2016
Why You Might End Up at a Sobriety Checkpoint this Fourth of July
Why You Might End Up at a Sobriety Checkpoint this Fourth of July
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Do you have your Fourth of July plans figured out yet?

 

Most of our Independence Day celebrations will look like this: we head out to a local park or beach for a nice barbeque and catch some exciting fireworks with family and friends.  We’ll probably eat hamburgers, watermelon, and maybe some ice cream, and possibly kick back with a beer as we enjoy the day.

 

But if you head out on the road after drinking – even if it is only a beer or two – you’ll be taking a big risk. Not only is the Fourth of …

APR. 15 2016
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?

What Are Field Sobriety Tests and is a West Palm Beach Driver Required to Submit to Them?

 

When a police officer spots an erratic driver, his first thought is whether or not the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Typical signs of impaired driving include the inability to stay within a single lane, swerving in and out of lanes, driving at inconsistent speeds, suddenly accelerating or slowing down, driving in a jerky manner, sudden turns, and other obvious out-of-control driving.

 

The officer turns on his siren and lights and closely trails the suspect’s car. All …

MAR. 9 2016
The Serious and Potentially Deadly Consequences of DUI
The Serious and Potentially Deadly Consequences of DUI

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is unfortunately one of the most commonly charged criminal offenses. Every day, lots of people around the country have a little too much to drink and then get behind the wheel to drive somewhere. And every day, people are pulled over on suspicion of DUI.

 

The consequences of a DUI are serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is inherent danger in drinking and driving. You are putting your safety and the safety of other people at risk when you get behind the wheel.

 

If you are charged with a DUI