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Drunk Driving Laws 101
Even people who have never experienced a run-in with the law can find themselves facing serious criminal charges due to a drunk driving arrest. Whether the consequences involved in your case includes fines, probation, jail time, or other penalties, you may want to know what your future holds. A criminal arrest can have a ripple effect on things like your driving privileges, your ability to operate commercial vehicles, pursue a new career, or apply for colleges or scholarships.
Keep the following issues in mind immediately after an arrest:
- Your Miranda Rights: Remember that you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to request representation by an attorney. Acknowledge that you would prefer not to answer any questions without your lawyer present.
- Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels (BAC): In the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a BAC level of .08% or higher. The legal limit will be much lower for commercial drivers (.04%) and underage drivers (.0% or zero tolerance).
- Breathalyzer Tests and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: Police officers must have probable cause to make an arrest for DUI. In order to obtain evidence, police officers may ask you to submit to a breath, blood, or sobriety test. Florida’s “Implied Consent” laws will mean that all licensed drivers will need to submit to these tests and failure to do so could lead to arrest.
- Administrative License Suspension Hearings: Immediately following an arrest for DUI, you will only have up to 10 days to request an administrative hearing. This hearing will be your chance to contest a license suspension or revocation.
More Questions? Contact Guarnieri Law Firm P.A. for a Consultation.
We know that facing any type of arrest can be overwhelming, or frightening for some. Do not think that you have to take on the upcoming legal process on your own. With the help of aggressive Brandon DUI defense attorneys, you may have the opportunity to see your charges reduced, dismissed, or acquitted.
All initial consultations are completely risk-free and confidential. For more information or to get started on your case, call our firm at (813) 689-0911!