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The basics of florida's breathalyzer laws

For many Floridians, driving home after having a drink could come with larger consequences than expected. While a drink or two may seem benign, driving afterwards and refusing a breathalyzer test is no light matter. However, every incident is deserving of fair consideration, and drivers who feel those rights have been violated may choose to take legal steps forward.

Woman under legal limit charged with DUI

Most people in Florida have heard that the laws identify a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent to be the threshold at which a person may be considered legally intoxicated. Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC at or above 0.08 percent may lead to a person being arrested and charged with a driving under the influence offense. However, it is important for drivers to know that law enforcement officers may be able to arrest them even if their breath test returns a BAC lower than 0.08 percent.

Dealing with drunk driving charges

One cannot deny that drunk driving can create issues on the road. However, there are those instances in which drivers have hardly any substances in their systems, but nevertheless face crippling charges. Floridians who face such penalties can feel lost and overwhelmed as a result of demanding legal procedures -- not to mention the potential of having a suspended license and even jail time. 

The one-leg stand field sobriety test

Like many people in Florida, you have probably heard that during a drunk driving stop, an officer can ask you to perform certain tests before deciding whether or not to place you under arrest. These are commonly called field sobriety tests as they are administered in the field where you were originally stopped. It is important for you to understand each of these tests including the fact that none of them are completely accurate.

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