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Man arrested in Florida for DUI danced during field sobriety test

When Florida law enforcement sees a vehicle in which the driver is exhibiting signs of intoxication, they will investigate. This is true even if the vehicle is not in motion. Part of that investigation will frequently result in the driver being asked to take part in a field sobriety test and breath or blood tests to determine their blood alcohol content level. These tests are often unique depending on the situation. For people who are arrested after a DUI investigation and tests, it is important to remember that simply being arrested does not mean they will automatically be convicted. Having legal advice is key to crafting an effective defense.

A 33-year-old man was arrested when law enforcement found him sitting in his running vehicle, apparently asleep. The man's truck was at a gate by a business at approximately 1:23 a.m. Officers attempted to wake the man up and it took some time to do so. His foot was on the vehicle's brake. It was necessary for the officers to put the vehicle in park and turn it off so it would not roll. Eventually, the man got out of the truck. He was unsure of where he was, thinking he was in a different part of the state. He was given a field sobriety test where he was asked to walk in a line heel-to-toe. As he did so, he began doing what appeared to be dance moves. When he was given a breath test, it registered 0.28. That is more than triple the legal limit in the state. He was arrested.

When arrested and charged with DUI, there will inevitably be concerns about the future including fear that there will be a driver's license suspension, jail time, fines and more. This can negatively impact a person personally, financially and professionally. There are many ways to craft a defense against these allegations including calling the investigation into question or combatting the evidence that led to the arrest. In some cases, it might be possible to get an acquittal or to reduce the charges. Having legal advice is the first step toward dealing with the charges.

A man was arrested after he apparently fell asleep in his running vehicle and then danced while performing a field sobriety test. Although this is a unique case, it does not mean a conviction is guaranteed. This is true for any case with DUI and traffic offenses. A law firm that understands how to formulate a defense against drunk driving charges should be called for help.

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