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DUI troubles find 3 Brevard County corrections officers

The are plenty of stories out there detailing the arrests of people in Fort Myers on drunk driving charges. One might think that those tales alone (along with the details of the potential criminal penalties those accused of these offenses may face) would be sufficient to deter anyone from even the thought of driving after drinking alcohol. Yet DUI arrests continue to occur. This fact may serve to illustrate just how easily one might allow a supposed momentary lapse in judgment to prompt him or her to engage in activity that, at any other time (and in any other setting), he or she would not. 

With so many warnings about DUI, why do people still do it?

You cannot avoid hearing about the dangers of DUI driving in Florida. There are warnings online, on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards and signs everywhere you look. You may even see them in your mailbox as part of the latest public information campaign. So why do people continue to drive while intoxicated? It may have something to do with what psychologists call desensitization.

How accurate are field sobriety tests?

If you are one of the many people in Florida who has been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense, you should learn about the options that may be available to you so that you can defend yourself appropriately. One thing that you should investigate is the tests that you might have been asked to take before you were arrested. Generally called field sobriety tests, these tests are not able to prove that you are intoxicated.

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)? 

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