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Drunk Driving Archives

What is reasonable suspicion in a drunk driving stop?

Realizing that there is a police officer behind your vehicle if you're driving after you've had a few drinks can make your heart pound. Many things might go through your mind when you're pulled over. You should remember that your defense strategy may depend at least partially on what happens next.

Florida law enforcement warns against New Year's drunk driving

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration in Florida and across the United States. For many, that involves going to parties and drinking alcohol. While there is nothing illegal about that, some might believe they are in a condition to drive and get behind the wheel after drinking. Law enforcement planned to be out in force to catch and arrest drivers who might be driving while intoxicated.

Hillsborough law enforcement officer arrested for drunk driving

Across Florida, law enforcement is on the lookout for drivers who might show the signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a traffic stop is made, anyone can face drunk driving charges -- even fellow members of law enforcement. For these individuals, it is just as important, if not more so, for them to understand the potential penalties they will face, if they are convicted.

When will there be an administrative license suspension for DUI?

In Florida, when a driver is being investigated for drunk driving charges, there are many penalties that can be assessed. Most will be after the person has been convicted. That includes jail time, fines and a driver's license suspension. However, there is an administrative driver's license suspension that the law enforcement officer can issue immediately. Understanding when this can occur and what can be done about it is an important part of defending against a DUI charge.

Man arrested after fatal accident while allegedly high on drugs

When people are arrested for driving under the influence in Tampa and across Florida, they might automatically associate it with alcohol. However, many incidents involve people who were allegedly high on drugs. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can hinder a person's judgment and lead to recklessness, diminished reflexes and an auto accident. Still, people who are involved in a crash - especially one in which there was a fatality - and are confronted with charges for operating under the influence should understand the potential penalties they will face. And with that information, craft a strong defense.

Tampering with or circumventing an ignition interlock device

Facing drunk driving charges in Florida can lead to a variety of penalties that could negatively impact a person's life in myriad ways. With fines, potential jail time and the loss of driving privileges, it is important to formulate a strong and effective defense to avoid the worst possible consequences. One penalty that a person convicted of operating under the influence might face is having an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.

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