Law enforcement personnel in most states show some degree of leniency toward first-time DUI offenders. The consequences for all DUI offenses are severe, but in general, a judge is less likely to impose the same sentence for first- and second-time offenders.
In the state of Florida, recreational boating is a major part of many peoples’ lives, and boating under the influence of alcohol is a concern for Florida law enforcement. As with driving, there are strict laws governing liquor consumption and the operation of boating equipment. BUI and DUI share many similarities, but there are several […]
According to the State Justice Department, Florida had the third-highest number of DUI arrests in 2013 with 61,852 total charges. A high number of those arrests represented a second offense.
The inaccuracy of impairment measurements plagues all DUI stops and often leads to dropped charges and plea deals. During a typical stop, police rely on field sobriety tests to establish probable cause for testing a suspect’s blood.
For many prosecutors, going to trial represents a hassle worth avoiding. That’s why so many cases involve plea bargaining nowadays.
There are several common strategies for challenging a DUI charge, but perhaps the most common method is to question the traffic stop that led to the arrest. This is because all that happened after the stop is disregarded by the court if the stop itself is thrown out. In general, this means arguing that the […]