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Man arrested for operating under the influence in a golf cart

Residents of Sarasota County and across Florida will understandably associate allegations that they were operating under the influence (DUI) to driving a car. However, there are other ways the operator of a vehicle can face DUI and traffic offenses. These allegations carry penalties just as a DUI in a car does. Even people who are from states other than Florida and on vacation can be confronted with DUI charges. Having assistance from a law firm that is experienced in DUI cases is essential.

A man visiting from Michigan is facing DUI charges after law enforcement stopped him in a golf cart. The incident happened before 2 a.m. when the man, 41, was stopped because his headlights were not on. When law enforcement questioned him, he stated that he had consumed two or three beers and was returning to his rental.

Officers stated that the man slurred his speech, had bloodshot and watery eyes and could not maintain his balance. The officer also smelled alcohol on his breath. He was given field sobriety tests and allegedly performed poorly on them.

As a result, he was placed under arrest. He was given a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content level. Two tests showed results of 0.138 and 0.143 -- well above the legal limit of 0.08.

Any person who is charged with operating under the influence must remember that there are multiple penalties that can be assessed, if there is a conviction. Driver's license suspensions, fines and even incarceration is possible.

If it is an unusual case, then the attorney must be able to navigate many different situations to craft a defense. In this incident, the man was riding a golf cart when he was arrested. Since this is a unique case and he is from Michigan, perhaps a plea bargain can be reached or some other accommodation can clear the charges. Regardless, having help from an attorney who is experienced in DUI cases is crucial.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "Getting a DUI while driving a golf cart was no joke for Anna Maria Island tourist," Sara Nealeigh, April 18, 2018

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