When vehicles are on the road in Bradenton and the surrounding areas of Florida in the early morning hours, law enforcement will be keeping a close watch on them to see if the drivers make any maneuvers that are considered clear signs of a driver who is under the influence. When there is a suspicion that a driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs, a traffic stop may occur. It is important to remember that simply because a person is charged, it does not automatically imply guilt.
According to reports, a 47-year-old woman was arrested for DUI after a recent traffic stop. The incident occurred at shortly before 1 a.m. when she was allegedly driving erratically and surpassing the speed limit by nearly 25 miles per hour. As law enforcement investigated, they allegedly found that the woman had trouble with keeping her balance during a field sobriety test. According to the woman, she was ill with high blood pressure, and she claimed that algae that is present near the coast called "red tide" also made her sick. She was taken to jail where her breath was measured twice. Both times, it allegedly surpassed 0.20 blood-alcohol concentration. She was released on bond and will need to return to court.
Facing a drunk driving conviction is not a simple matter of paying a fine and being done with it like it is a parking ticket. There are serious consequences that go far beyond a fine when convicted for DUI. There can be a license suspension, jail time and other consequences that will depend on the circumstances of the individual case. For many, they need their vehicle for personal and professional use and losing the ability to drive can have a chain-reaction impact on their lives. For others, it can harm job prospects and have other negative implications.
A drunk driving arrest does not mean that there will be an automatic conviction. In this case, the woman asserted that she had several ailments that made her appear drunk. The breath tests are not always completely accurate and protocol could have been violated, making the evidence questionable. All defendants need to know their rights after an arrest for DUI and traffic offenses.