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Alcohol-fueled road rage leads to DUI charges

Many motorists in the Fort Myers area are aware of the dangers of drinking alcohol and driving. Some people do not care and believe themselves to be invincible to risks. Alcohol dulls the senses, impairs judgment, reduces reaction time and fuels aggression. It also causes impaired drivers to make critical mistakes on the roads that endanger themselves and other motorists. In 2015, their actions caused 10,265 deaths, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

What should I do if I have a DUI charge?

DUI charges in Florida carry serious repercussions. If you are facing a DUI charge, it is important for you to understand the importance of acting in a timely manner. A conviction may seem like it is unavoidable. But the faster you act in managing your situation, the better the chances for a favorable outcome. 

Can a breathalyzer give a false positive?

If you are pulled over in Florida on suspicion of drunk driving, then you will likely be asked to take a breathalyzer test. This is when you breathe into a device that calculates the amount of alcohol in your system. However, the results of such tests may often be called into question because these tests can fail. In fact, according to ABC 7, there are specific things that could result in an inaccurate breathalyzer test. 

Can I get a DUI without drinking alcohol?

You may think that you can avoid getting a DUI in Fort Myers if you do not drink alcohol before driving. But there are other ways you can end up with an operating a vehicle while impaired charge. The law does not limit impairment substances to just alcohol, states FindLaw. If you drive while you are under the influence of marijuana, illegal drugs, prescription medications and other substances, you could end up losing your driver’s license, spending some time behind bars, paying fines and fees and dealing with the lingering consequences of your actions. 

Can you get a DUI if you are not driving a vehicle?

It is a common misunderstanding that a drunk driving charge in Florida can only occur if you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This comes from not understanding the law completely. If you want to avoid a DUI on your record, it is a good idea to become more familiar with what the state has to say about operating a range of different modes of transportation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What are some field sobriety tests?

If you are pulled over under the assumption you are driving drunk, then you may be asked by Florida law enforcement to take the standardized field sobriety test. This is a test that includes three tasks you must complete. It helps the officer to determine if you are indeed intoxicated. 

Will I lose my car if I get a DUI?

Getting pulled over and arrested for drunk driving may feel like the lowest point in your life. However, it is after the initial arrest when you have to begin to put things back together in your life when things can become quite strained. In Florida, you face many penalities for driving under the influence. One such punishment may be having your car impounded.

How long is a license suspension for a DUI?

If you have been pulled over for a DUI, your first thought may be about your driver's license. If you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you will lose your license. How long the suspension is depends on whether you have prior DUIs on your record. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles notes the length of a driver's license suspension is longer for subsequent convictions and situations involving serious injuries or death.

Consequences of a DUI conviction with minors in the vehicle

Drunk driving is bad enough by itself, but when a drunk driver is foung to have children in the vehicle, things get worse. Florida does not take such a violation lightly. Drivers who get behind the wheel with children in the care take repsonsiblity for those children, but when the driver is drunk, those children are put in immediate danger. According to Guardian Interlock, drunk drivers caught with children in the car are charged with aggravated DUI. This is a more severe charge than a DUI.

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