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Did You Know?
A well known is the fact that the consumption of alcohol can cause impairment
Perhaps less recognized is that fact that impairment rises gradually at a lower level but dramatically at a higher level of blood alcohol concentration BAC. About half of auto fatalities involve drivers with BACs of .16 or higher. Impairment occurs at a lower level, but it's especially important to prevent driving with high BACs.
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, or "drunk driving,"
in Florida is by far the most commonly encountered offense
in the courts today. In 2002, it is estimated that nearly 17,500
people were killed in automobile collisions involving alcohol. According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this
represents 41 percent of the 42,815 people killed in all traffic
accidents and crashes that year.
Florida Drunk Driving BAC Related Deaths
Motor Vehicle Fatalities Involving High Blood Alcohol Concentration in Florida
Total fatalities 1995
Fatalities involving high blood alcohol
Total fatalities 2000
Fatalities involving high blood alcohol
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2000:
Defending against a charge of drunk driving in Florida is
tricky business. A Florida DUI defense attorney needs to understand
scientific and medical concepts, and must be able to question tough
witnesses including scientists and police officers.
If you want to fight your drinking and driving charge in Florida,
you're well advised to hire an attorney who specializes in these
types of cases. They may be able to get you off the hook, or lessen the fine or punishment imposed.
The laws concerning "drunk driving" have changed radically
over recent years. A person arrested today for driving under the
influence of alcohol ("DUI", also referred to as "DWI" or
driving while intoxicated) faces complicated criminal procedures and a potentially
devastating punishment that can be more severe than
a penalty handed down in a felony case.
An experienced attorney who specializes in blood alcohol analysis
and drunk driving cases can effectively handle criminal and administrative
proceedings. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that many general
practitioners or general criminal attorneys attempt to represent
clients with little or no training or experience in this very complex
field and the results are disastrous.
Drunk Driving Punishments
The punishment in drunk driving cases is set forth by state statute and
can be incredibly complex. The basic statute determines the range
of possible sentences, with modifications for such things as:
Having a prior conviction within seven years
Speeding 20 mph over the limit
Having a child under 14 in the car
Having a blood alcohol content reading over .20%
Refusing to submit to chemical testing
Within the range, the actual sentence in a drunk driving case will
be affected by:
The facts of the case
Any policies of the local court and prosecutors
The weaknesses in the case uncovered by the defense attorney
The reputation of that attorney
All of this is independent of a DMV suspension, which is determined
separately and which can be very complicated.
DUI Not Grounds for Deportation, High Court Rules
Audio, RM, 44 Kbps, 3:33, 11/9/2004
The Supreme Court rules that driving under the influence is not a crime of violence that can occasion deportation, finding unanimously that the law requires that the defendant showed intent to injure. Source: National Public Radio
Florida External Sites
I appear before you as President-Elect of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). ... Our mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this Congressman Mike Bilirakis: Photo Gallery
Florida Ninth District members of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization meet with Mike during the Youth Summit to Prevent Underage Drinking.
News about DUI & Drunk Driving cases in Florida and nationwide:
Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence,” Includes four symptoms: Craving: A strong need, or compulsion, to drink. Loss of control: The inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion. Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking. Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to “get high.”
DUI is driving under the influence; it is the offense of operating a motor vehicle in a physically or mentally impaired condition, especially after consuming alcohol or drugs. Generally, this is a lesser offense than driving while intoxicated.
Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
Simply put, the DMV automatically revokes your license when you are arrested for DUI as part of its duty to regulate drivers’ licenses. (The court may also take your license, and may also fine or jail you.)
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