In every state, it’s a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol. This is because alcohol can negatively affect a person’s ability to drive, making them slower to react and more likely to engage in risky behavior. While it seems that DUIs are common, the negative effects of being charged with a DUI should never be underestimated.
If you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida, you’ll face license suspension, significant fines and possibly even jail time. It could also mean being fired from your job and could damage your reputation in the local community. If you are facing DUI charges, here are the basic things that you need to know.
“Under the influence” means different things according to your age
All states define being under the influence of alcohol as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. Therefore if you have had a minimal amount of alcohol but have a BAC of less than .08%, you’ll be driving legally. However, this is only true if you are aged 21 or older. If you are younger than 21, zero tolerance laws apply, meaning that you will be charged with a DUI even if negligible levels of alcohol are present in your blood.
DUI penalties carry several penalties
Depending on whether you are a repeat offender or whether your driving led to an accident, you may face jail time, probation or community service.
Everyone has the right to defend themselves when facing DUI charges. Make sure that you take swift action to form your defense for the possibility of having charges dismissed.