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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.

The walking field sobriety test

You might have seen characters on television shows or in movies asked by police officers to walk in a straight line or perform other tasks as part of a suspected drunk driving investigation. Like many Florida residents, you might be curious about just how accurately this represents what happens in a drunk driving stop.

DUI convictions lead to Jacksonville attorney's reprimand

It may be difficult for people in Fort Myers to immediately assess the impact that their alleged criminal activity may have on their lives. Oftentimes, news of one's arrest can immediately take a toll on his or her public image (even before he or she is afforded the chance to have his or her case heard). This may be especially true in DUI cases due to the stigma that so many associate with such an offense. On top of the damage done to one's reputation, a DUI arrest can result in several other challenges due to the potential criminal penalties one may face. 

What makes a DUI a felony or misdemeanor?

Florida residents like you should be aware that DUI-related charges can fall into two classes. If convicted, you can either end up with a misdemeanor on your record, or you can get a more serious felony. But what factors determines which of the two you'll get?

DUI charges for Lakeland woman riding horse on freeway

It may be common knowledge to most in Fort Myers that consuming large amounts of alcohol can leave people dealing with significant impairments. Such impairments should deter them from driving, operating heavy equipment, or participating in any activity that might put themselves and others at risk. Yet one may wonder exactly how far criminal liability cases can be applied when dealing with someone operating under the influence. For example, should DUI laws apply when a person is not even driving (at least not driving a vehicle, anyway)? 

Will my insurance rates go up after a DUI?

Being convicted of a DUI-related charge in Florida can really leave a long, lasting impact on your driving record. But the repercussions don't stop there, either. The impact of a DUI conviction can affect many different areas of your life that you may not have even considered. You may also know certain areas will be impacted without understanding just how impacted they could become.

DUI: What happens once you're pulled over?

In Florida, driving while under the influence is a serious crime that can net you some equally serious penalties. If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are certain things you should expect and certain actions to avoid. We at Steven Wetter wish to help you expect the most likely possibilities so that you are better prepared to protect yourself.

Was your DUI situation handled properly?

If you get saddled with a DUI charge in Florida, you could be facing some severe penalties if you are convicted. But did you know that in some cases, police don't handle the situation properly during the arrest, and that this might help you ut? We at Steven Wetter will work with you to determine if all necessary steps were taken before accusing you of a DUI-related crime.

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