Understanding first-time DUI charges in Florida

A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is what a Florida driver may face if they are pulled over for being suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While each jurisdiction in The Sunshine State has procedures in place for first-time DUI charges, the process generally involves being arrested and spending some time in jail. Depending the circumstances involved, a judge may allow a charged individual to be released on bail as long as they agree to remain in the area until a scheduled hearing takes place.

Drunk driving common among veterans

Florida veterans concerned about drunk driving charges should know they are not alone. According to a study by the American Addiction Centers, in recent years, both binge drinking and drunk driving have become far more common among the U.S. veteran population. The study looked closely at the reasons for the spike and determined that emotional and physical trauma is largely to blame for this type of substance abuse.

Florida man charged with DUI thought police car was an Uber

A 40-year-old Florida man who was taken into custody for DUI on the evening of Nov. 24 thought the patrol car taking him to jail was an Uber ride, according to media reports. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies say that the man's evening took a turn for the worse when he rear-ended a car that was waiting at a red light near Cape Coral.

Several states consider lowering the legal BAC

To be in line with what the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for years, several states are seriously looking into lowering the legal blood alcohol content for motorists. Florida, like every other state, currently sets its BAC at 0.08. A driver arrested for allegedly driving with a higher BAC faces per se criminal charges based on the BAC alone. The proposed change would lower the legal limit to 0.05.

Trip to ice cream store leads to DUI charges

A 23-year-old Florida man is likely regretting his decision to go out for some ice cream on the evening of Oct. 7. The Collier County resident has been charged with driving while under the influence, fraud and assaulting an emergency services worker. He is scheduled to appear in court to answer to the charges at the end of October.

Jayson Werth charged with DUI

Florida residents may know who Jayson Werth is from his time in Major League Baseball. In September, he agreed to a plea deal stemming from an April traffic stop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Werth was originally stopped because the car he was driving had an expired registration. At the time of the stop, he claimed that he didn't have a registration because the car was borrowed.

NFL player charged with drunk driving

Florida fans of the Los Angeles Rams may be surprised to learn that, after their 34-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 16, their practice squad center was arrested and charged with DUI. Aaron Neary, 25, was arrested by police in Simi Valley, California, on the evening following the game, which he watched from the sidelines with fellow team members on the practice squad. At around 6:27 p.m., Simi Valley police began receiving calls and reports on its emergency line about an erratic driver in the area. Reportedly, callers said that it appeared that the driver may be operating his vehicle under the influence.

Email Us For A Response