Overview of DUI Charges in Florida
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Driving under the influence, or
DUI, is defined as the operation of a motor vehicle (truck, car, commercial
vehicle, or motorcycle) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
which impair the abilities and reaction time of the driver. A DUI conviction
is typically a misdemeanor offense and carries the automatic penalty of
the temporary loss of one’s license.
Retaining an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney is your only chance
to avoid further penalties and a possible conviction. At LeavenLaw, our
goal is to protect our clients’ rights and to keep them out of jail.
We treat each case specifically by evaluating all information and evidence
to determine the best approach.
Florida DUI Information
St. Petersburg and
Tampa law enforcement officials are constantly on the lookout for drivers who
may be driving under the influence. They will pull over a person who is
driving erratically or recklessly on the suspicion that he or she is driving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Field sobriety tests and
breath tests are typically used to determine if the person’s abilities are, in
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the usual form of determining if a person is legally intoxicated. A
driver with a BAC of .08% or above is deemed to be driving under the influence.
In addition, Florida exercises a “zero tolerance” law in that
anyone under the age of 21 may not operate a motor vehicle if their blood
alcohol concentration is .02% or above.
A DUI accusation will be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending
upon the following factors:
- Prior violations
- If any traffic laws were broken at the time of the DUI
- Property damage
- Bodily injury
- Whether the BAC of the driver was .20% or above
Accused of a DUI in St. Petersburg or Tampa? Contact us today!