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Are breath test results always accurate?

A breath alcohol test is used to measure how much alcohol is in the air that is breathed out by an individual that is suspected of driving while intoxicated. Given this figure, the device then estimates how much alcohol is in one's blood. That number, the blood alcohol content or the BAC, is the number upon which most drunk driving convictions are based. In Florida, as in the rest of the country, a driver over the age of 21 cannot have a BAC higher than 0.08 percent.

Understanding a license suspension due to points on license

Floridians can lose their driving privileges for many reasons that go beyond an arrest and conviction for driving under the influence. The state uses a points system to penalize drivers who commit various violations. If there are enough points on the driver's license, there will be a license suspension. This can cause hardship to the person in many ways as they will not be able to legally drive. Fortunately, there are avenues of defense against allegations that lead to points on a driver's license. Understanding how and why points are given is key.

Man charged after fleeing accident where teen was critically hurt

In Sarasota and the surrounding areas of Florida, there might be a misplaced belief that the only traffic incidents that can lead to an arrest involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, there are other traffic violations that can result in charges, even felonies. If a driver is in an accident and flees the scene, there can be an arrest and long-term problems including jail, fines and the loss of driving privileges. While many might not believe that traffic offenses are serious, having legal advice is imperative to avoiding long-term consequences.

Arrest for driving during a license suspension needs legal help

Bradenton residents can have their driver's license suspended for a variety of transgressions. That can be a drunk driving conviction, speeding, reckless driving and more. For some, they make the decision to drive even after their license has been suspended. When they are caught by law enforcement, they will be arrested and face a slew of other charges. This can have a negative impact on their lives for an extended period with penalties including jail, being charged with a felony and the license being suspended for a far longer time-period than it previously was. Having legal help is imperative when dealing with these charges.

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.

When might an underage person face a license suspension?

For Florida teens getting their driver's license, it can be an exciting time. However, allegations of illegal behavior could result in a license suspension or a license revocation. Perhaps the underage person made a mistake with alcohol or drugs. Or there could have been a situation where they were in the wrong place at the wrong time with people who were violating the law with these substances. Facing penalties and losing driving privileges can be difficult. Understanding the law and formulating a defense is important when faced with these issues.

Sports car crash leads to DUI charges and breath test refusal

When Florida drivers are confronted with a traffic stop and an investigation related to driving under the influence, they will often not know what to do. If there is a request from law enforcement that they take a breath test and field sobriety tests, mistakes are frequently made regarding their rights to refuse. This, combined with the allegations that they were driving under the influence, can result in an arrest with the possibility of severe consequences including jail time, fines and a loss of driving privileges. These issues can impact anyone, even those who are driving expensive sports cars. Legal help is imperative to deal with these charges.

Woman charged with multiple offenses after airport crash

Given the concerns about people trying to commit various illegal acts at U.S. airports, it is no surprise that every airport - Sarasota's included - is vigilant about people who might violate the law. Driving onto the property in areas where unauthorized vehicles cannot go will inevitably lead to an arrest. Whether the person was under the influence or not is irrelevant. In fact, it can result in significant charges. While this is an inadvisable act, those who are arrested on felony drunk driving charges and related infractions after driving onto an airport must have a legal defense to avoid the worst possible penalties.

Woman facing drunk driving charges claims she was ill

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.

What constitutes reckless driving and what are the penalties?

While Florida residents will undoubtedly be keenly aware of the factors that can lead to being arrested and charged with traffic violations related to driving while intoxicated, there are other violations that a driver can commit when on the road and these can lead to harsh penalties as well. Reckless driving is one behavior that law enforcement officials are constantly on the lookout for and will not hesitate to enforce.


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