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Will Florida follow states that lower the legal limit to .05?

Whether you anticipate attending a raucous party for the football championship game or you are already dealing with the legal consequences of a holiday party, you would benefit from an understanding of Florida's drunk driving laws. Like most other states, Florida takes DUI seriously, tallying statistics of the injuries and fatalities that result from accidents involving impaired drivers, and tightening the laws related to drunk driving arrests.

The consequences of refusing a breath test during a DUI stop

By now many of our readers in Florida probably know that one of the basic elements of a DUI traffic stop is for the investigating police officer to ask the suspect driver to submit to a breath test using a device commonly known as a breathalyzer. Such a request is just part of the DUI investigation, along with asking questions of the suspect and asking the suspect to take part in field sobriety tests. While most people understand that it is usually best to cooperate with law enforcement officials when legal and constitutionally valid requests are made, some may think that it is best to not cooperate in order to avoid incriminating themselves. Under Florida law, there are consequences for refusing a breath test during a DUI stop.

What is drug paraphernalia?

Most of our readers in Florida know that there are many different drug charges that people could face when it comes to the possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. Despite the leniency that some other states are beginning to show when it comes to these issues, particularly with marijuana, Florida maintains a strict stance on illegal drugs. But, there are other items related to illegal drugs that a person could possess that might lead to criminal charges as well, such as drug "paraphernalia."

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