If the police issue you with a drunk driving charge, you are right to be worried. A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can affect your life in more ways than you think.
Florida treats drunk driving severely, even more so if it is a repeat offense. You can expect fines, community service and a license suspension or worse. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to challenge a DUI charge.
It is always worth looking at DUI defense options
Each year many people succeed in having their DUI charge overturned or limiting the consequences: Here are some of the ways you might do the same:
- You were not driving: The police may have seen a car like yours weaving across the road. It does not mean it was your car. Even if it was, it does not mean you were driving. Perhaps you swapped seats with your friend to help them out and are now regretting your decision.
- You were not drunk: Failing a Breathalyzer test does not mean you are drunk. Like any electrical equipment, it needs regular maintenance and calibration to ensure it reads correctly. Factors other than alcohol can also affect the reading and cause you to go over the limit.
- The police did not follow the procedure: Have you ever wondered why the police don’t just hide in the bushes outside the local bars when looking to catch drunk drivers? It is because they are not allowed. DUI checkpoints must be authorized and set up correctly. If the police stop you while driving, not at a checkpoint, they can only do so for specific reasons. If you can show the police stop did not meet all the requirements, a judge may dismiss the charge.
Understanding all the defense options available and examining the details of your DUI stop is crucial to finding the best DUI defense option.