The summertime is noted for bringing a good time with friends and family. As much fun as one might have, when alcohol is involved, risks are taken. Unfortunately, Jacksonville DUI cases may follow summer festivities. One facing a DUI case should have an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer to represent them, and ensure their rights are protected.
According to The Daytona News-Journal, Volusia and Flagler County police officers in conjunction with the Florida Highway Patrol are stepping up DUI patrols in both counties in an effort to cut down the amount of drunk drivers on the highway. The campaign, called “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” will last until September 3rd.
Drinking can seem to add fun to celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, and other festive activities, but when coupled with driving, drinking can lead to serious legal consequences. Being arrested for a DUI in Jacksonville can be very disadvantageous with the various legal penalties involved:
- license suspension/revocation
- DUI school enrollment
- up to 6 months in jail
- vehicle tow and impoundment
- ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
- expensive court fines and fees
Not only are the legal penalties bad, but one’s reputation, career, and self-esteem can be severely affected by a DUI. Many people run the risk of losing their jobs simply by not getting a designated driver.
One has rights when stopped by the police. There are options. One of these is refusing a blood alcohol test.
The biggest tests that police will use are field sobriety tests and breath tests. If the breath test finds that one’s blood-alcohol level is above 0.8, the legal limit in Florida, that person can be charged with a DUI. If someone refuses the test, they will be taken to jail for the night just as if they had had a blood-alcohol level of 0.8 or higher; their license will also be suspended.
Florida has a 10-day rule, which says that if applies for a formal DMV hearing within 10 days, one or one’s lawyer can try to re-obtain your license before it is officially suspended. Many times, the DMV will issue a temporary license depending on the outcome of the hearing. If this hearing goes well, one’s license may not be suspended or revoked at all.
If one’s blood alcohol level is above 0.15, in Florida, that person must have an ignition interlock installation installed in their car.
The ignition interlock works basically the same way that a breathalyzer test works. The ignition interlock is attached to the vehicle itself. The person driving must have a low blood alcohol level to start the vehicle and may be required to give a sample of their blood-alcohol level while driving. These tests are expensive and a major hassle to everyone who has been charged with a DUI in Jacksonville.
One’s best advice is to never drive when one has consumed alcohol. One’s future may be at risk when one is charged with a DUI. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight the case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a DUI charge. Defend yourself.