When you think of a drunk driver, you probably think of someone in a car or truck. You don't think of people riding their bikes, using a skateboard or riding on a lawn mower. In fact, you might even think someone drinking a beer is fairly common while they mow their lawns.
If you are caught driving drunk or are stopped and accused of driving drunk, it's vital that you defend yourself against those allegations. As someone charged with a DUI or DWI, there are several defenses you can choose from that can help you protect yourself. Failing to defend yourself early could result in charges and penalties you don't deserve.
Drunk driving is a serious matter because it can lead to death, injury and property destruction. All of these are reasons why the laws in Florida are so harsh when it comes to drunk driving.
Now that the summer is almost here, Fort Lauderdale is going to be a party city. From spring break to Memorial Day, people have barbeques and all sorts of other parties. Many of these are full of alcoholic offerings.
Spring break is over for nearly everyone, but prom and graduation are coming up soon for millions of teens across Florida and the rest of the country. While these are times of celebration, they're also, for too many young people, occasions for too much drinking. When they get behind the wheel, the results can be tragic. About 1,000 young people under 21 die every year in traffic fatalities and other tragedies surrounding prom and graduation.
As we discussed in our previous blog, spring break is a time that is meant to be fun. If you are out drinking, make sure that you aren't doing anything that can land you in legal trouble. One action you most certainly need to avoid is driving drunk. We know that mistakes happen. If your mistake was driving drunk, you need to take the time to understand your options for dealing with the drunk driving charges.
With college students all over the country on spring break -- heading here to Florida and other warm location -- it's essential more than ever to remember the dangers of drunk driving. While individual state laws regarding the legal drinking age and the specific penalties for DUIs vary, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 can get you arrested in every state. Further, if you're under the legal drinking age, you can face legal DUI charges for any measurable amount of alcohol in your system.
Drunk driving is considered by many to be one of the worst things you can do behind the wheel. However, every day, people who thought they were able to drive safely are arrested for drunk driving. If they're lucky, no one was harmed. However, too often, the drunk driver, passengers and people in other vehicles are left injured or dead.
Drunk driving is a serious problem on the roads today, and if you've been accused of it, you should know that you need to defend yourself right away. The severity of accidents involving drunk drivers is one of the reasons why it's looked down on so much, and there are many laws that can impact you if you're convicted. Even if you are not convicted, the time you spend waiting to go through the charges and trial could affect your reputation and even cost you your job.
Driving under the influence can land you in trouble with the law, but a first-time offense isn't as severe as a second or third. Your attorney can help you look into the facts of your case, so you can see how to best defend yourself against the potential punishments.