Jacksonville Residents, Did you Know you can be Charged with DUI on a Zamboni?

Jacksonville Criminal Defense LawyerAs a Jacksonville resident and Hockey fan, I have seen many a Zamboni driver resurface the ice at a rink. But, this is a first for me. A local Zamboni driver in Minnesota was recently arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Although located outside of the state of Florida the DUI laws are similar in many aspects.

According to the reports, the hockey coach of a local PeeWee team notified the police of the erratic behavior. The notification to the police was made after parents, players, and spectators witnessed the Zamboni driver weaving, running into the rink, and taking extended amount of time to resurface the ice. When the police arrived, they conducted a Field Sobriety test; which the Zamboni driver failed.

Florida’s DUI laws are governed by Statute. Florida Statute § 316.193, which defines DUI as driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and the person, is under the influence of alcoholic beverages…[with] a BAC of 0.08 or more. The penalties range depending upon number of convictions and other aggravating factors. This is a peculiar case, as in the motor vehicle is a Zamboni, occurred in an enclosed area, and on ice. However, the statute just requires a “motorized vehicle” and driving or physical control.

But what does all this mean for Jacksonville Motorist? It means a DUI charge can come in many forms, not just driving down the road after having too much to drink. However, a charge of Jacksonville DUI does not necessarily mean a conviction. The State still has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Furthermore, a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer can evaluate your case and determine if there are any mitigating factors or justifications for the alleged DUI. For instance, in this case, they report the smell of Red Bull and slurred speech. Red Bull is non-alcoholic and maybe he slurred his words because he was tired or sick and took the Red Bull to be more alert.

These are just a few initial impressions as to the allegations against the Zamboni driver. However, a more specific and personal consultation with the Defendant would be required for a more in depth and critical analysis of his case. So, if you have a pending Jacksonville DUI, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer to discuss your case and determine the best approach in moving forward.

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