If you drink and drive in Florida, you can expect to be pulled over and tested for sobriety. The purpose of DUI and DWI laws is not only to protect drivers who are more likely to crash under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but also to protect others on the road. Penalties for driving under the influence are meant to deter offenders from drinking and driving again. Because of stricter laws, harsher penalties, and a higher drinking age than in years past, deaths from driving under the influence have dropped significantly.

Living with a DUI

The most important thing you can do after getting one DUI is to resolve to never get another one. It's a harsh stain on your record that will follow you for at least seventy-five years. However, lots of people go on to have fulfilling, professional lives after a DUI. The general policy to remember is to tell the truth if asked about a DUI conviction.