If a person resides in Florida, they may be charged with a DUI if their BAC is above the legal driving limit which is .08. A person may also be charged if they demonstrate noticeable impairment of their normal facilities. If a police officer feels that a person is not capable of driving and they clearly look or smell intoxicated, they can arrest them and bring them in for DUI. If a person is under the age of 21, they can be charged with DUI if they have a blood-alcohol concentration at or above 0.02.
The exact penalties that a person may face for their DUI depend on many different factors. This includes, whether they have previous convictions and also on whether there were aggravating factors making the situation more severe than a simple DUI. Since the penalties can be so serious and will lead to a person getting a criminal record and they may even face jail time, they should make sure they try and avoid getting into such a situation, to begin with.
One of the penalties that usually accompany a DUI, is that a person may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Any driver who is faced with a second DUI offense in Florida must have this device installed in their vehicle. What an ignition interlock device does, is that it tests a person’s breath before the vehicle starts. The vehicle will only ignite if there is no alcohol detected in the breath. A person will have to pay for the cost of the maintenance and installation of this device on their own.
Is a DUI crime a misdemeanor or a felony in Fort Myers, Florida?
The type and category of charge, once again, depends on the specific conditions of the case and how severe the damage was, and how intoxicated a person was at the time of the arrest. If there was a car accident, injuries, deaths, or other complications involved, then a person will face a higher charge.
The best way to defend oneself against a DUI charge is to reach out to a qualified lawyer who is experienced at dealing with legal matters of this nature. Through the help of an attorney, a person may be able to argue that there was insufficient evidence or there was a violation of their constitutional rights so the case should be dropped.
Reach out to a DUI attorney at Robert Foley Law today to learn more about the criminal defense process after being arrested for DUI.
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