Despite decades of awareness campaigns and changing laws, drunk driving remains a problem across the country. It’s no exception in Florida, where the average driver admits to driving after too much alcohol at a higher rate than the national average.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.9 percent of all US drivers admit to driving while intoxicated in the past 30 days. In Florida, the average is 2.1 percent. The well-known national problem of drunk driving has led to enforcement on many fronts: sobriety checkpoints, strict alcohol laws and media programs.
Public safety vs. personal rights
Drunk driving is a serious problem with potentially deadly consequences. While the laws are important for maintaining public safety, they aren’t always enforced accurately. It’s difficult to prove sobriety and intoxication, and no arrest should ever threaten an individual’s personal rights.
Anyone who has been arrested for drunk driving should consult with an attorney to discuss your case. Known issues include inaccurate field sobriety testing, questionable breath test readings, improper officer training and the violation of personal rights.
When facing drunk driving charges, it’s important to respond to your legal situation quickly. A DUI is not simply a traffic ticket; it can include time in jail, loss of your license and a criminal record. If you do not respond within ten days, your license may be suspended for as long as a year and a half.
A DUI conviction will have lasting effects, whether you are a student or work a full-time job. Depending on your case, your license can be suspended or revoked—which may also affect your line of work, or your ability to get to work. A criminal record can damage your job prospects and your ability to get a loan, and it will lead to increased insurance costs if you do keep your license.
Drunk driving remains a problem in Florida and elsewhere. However, a citation for drunk driving is not the same as a conviction. You are entitled to due process, to protect your rights and to look out for your future.