States are cracking down on drunk driving. DUI laws across the nation are becoming stricter and being enforced with greater diligence.
* Why is drunk driving such as big deal? – Alcohol slows the brain by acting as a depressant. When you drink, some of the messages your senses are sending to your brain are suppressed. That means that the fact that the car in front of you is stopping may not register with your brain, or it may register far to late for you to act. Alcohol in your system also makes you have a distorted picture of how you are moving. You may think, for instance, that you are moving in a straight line, when, in fact, you are staggering across the room. When you are driving, this makes it almost impossible to drive straight down the road
* What happens to your body when you drink that makes driving so dangerous? – When you drink and drive, you are putting yourself at risk. Many drink drivers are killed because of their poor driving skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for people in America who are under the age of 24, and about 40 percent of those deaths are somehow related to alcohol. Many of those in this statistic were the drivers or passengers of drunk drivers, and recent dui statistics are showing increasing trends.
* Do you need to consider hiring lawyer for your drunk driving defense when you are convicted? – In the state of Florida, a driver can be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) for one of two reasons:
1. A driver who is driving as though impaired and has alcohol or drugs in his or her system can be arrested for a Florida DUI. It does not matter how much alcohol or drugs are in a driver’s system for this type of arrest.
2. Drivers can also be booked for a Florida DUI based on their blood or breath alcohol levels (BAL). A Florida driver’s blood alcohol must be lower than .08%. Any BAL test that comes back as .08% or above is considered a DUI, even if the driver’s actions did not appear to be impaired.
If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of DUI in Florida, you will be asked to submit to a breath or urine test. You have the right to refuse this test. However, if you do, your guilt will be assumed and you will be arrested.
A Florida DUI arrest results in two separate cases. You will be tried in a traditional court case and you will also face a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles case. At the time of your arrest you will be given a 10-day permit to drive. After these 10 days, your license will be suspended for 30 days.
If you are charged with a DUI, you need to secure a lawyer and file all of the paperwork for the two cases as soon as possible since you must do so during the 10-day permit time. After this period your driver’s license could be suspended for a year or longer.
A DUI conviction remains on your criminal record. Since a criminal record can jeopardize your present employment and future career, it’s vital to aggressively contest any charges with an experienced and highly qualified DUI attorney like D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A. in Kissimmee, FL. Call us today at 407.870.5551 or use our online Contact Form.