Police stopped our client for running a red light. Upon making contact, the client admitted to one of the officers that she had been drinking and was coming home from the bar. In addition, she performed poorly on field sobriety exercises. The police arrested her for DUI and transported her to jail. At the jail, she blew .162 and .155, twice the legal limit. The DMV immediately suspended her license.
DUI Charges in Florida
A DUI charge can result in a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher in Florida. If the blood alcohol level is .15 or higher, charges can significantly increase. A fine between $500 to $1,000 will be charged on the first offense. You may also have to spend overnight in jail. Others are not as lucky and spend up to 6 months in jail. Your vehicle will be impounded for 10 days, and you will need to do 50 hours of mandatory community service. Probation will be given, up to one year.
Field Sobriety Exercises
A field sobriety test is an array of exercises that police officers ask one to perform after they have been pulled over and were suspected to have been drinking. These tests could include standing on one leg while counting backward, singing the alphabet backward, following a pen or another object with the eyes, or walking heel to toe for a specific number of steps.
In Florida, you may refuse a field sobriety test. You can have your driver’s license suspended, but only if you are arrested and have been read the implied consent notice.
Obtaining Musca Law Firm For Legal Services
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, you need to contact Musca Law Firm immediately. We have the expertise to make sure that your arrest was done correctly. Many residents do not realize that they can refuse a field sobriety test. In many cases, it is best to refuse politely so the officer does not have any evidence against you that can be used in court. You may tell the police officer you refuse, and would like to speak to your attorney.
We will fight for your rights, letting fairness prevail. Our team of lawyers has over 130 years of experience in the legal field, and we will do everything we can to have your charges dropped or reduced. Call us today for a free consultation.
RESULT: Musca Law employs an attorney who focuses exclusively on handling DMV suspension appeals after DUI arrests. As the attorney does with every case, she carefully reviewed documents regarding the breath test machine used to test our client’s breath. This thorough review revealed a problem in the maintenance of breath test machine. At the hearing, she argued that the DMV’s failure to properly maintain the breath test machine required a lifting of the license suspension. The Hearing Officer had no choice but to invalidate the license suspension. The result, FULL DRIVING PRIVILEGES REINSTATED, VALUABLE EVIDENCE OBTAINED FOR THE CRIMINAL DUI CHARGE, NO OTHER PENALTIES!