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Florida high school coach facing drunk driving charges

This blog recently discussed the importance of a strong drunk driving defense. Drunk driving charges can present many negative personal and professional consequences and can also result in serious potential penalties including jail time and fines. In a nearby Florida community approximately an hour and a half from the Shalimar area, a head high school football coach was recently arrested on drunk driving charges.

The importance of a criminal defense to DUI charges

When facing drunk driving charges, it is important to first understand that there are both criminal and administrative consequences associated with a DUI charge. One can result in potentially significant fines and time and jail and other can result in driver's license suspension and other possible penalties and consequences.

Common defenses to drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges are serious. Even first-time defendants can face stiff fines, suspended driving privileges and, perhaps, time behind bars. The penalties get much harsher for repeat offenders. With all this at stake, it is important to be familiar with defense strategies. When facing drunk driving charges, there are two different types of defenses which fall into two separate categories.

What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida?

Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges people face in Florida and throughout the country. Despite public awareness campaigns to alert people of the dangers of drunk driving, thousands of people in Florida are charged with this crime each year. And, the penalties that these individuals face upon conviction can be difficult to overcome.

Know how to deal with drunk driving charges

For someone who gets pulled over by police officers in Florida on suspicion of drunk driving, it may be their first encounter with law enforcement in which they are a suspect of a crime. Such a situation can obviously be nerve-racking, and it can make people act different than they normally would. Police officers in these situations are looking for signs of intoxication, so "odd" behavior may make them think that intoxication is playing a role in the way a suspect acts. But, what if you weren't intoxicated, and you still failed the field sobriety tests?

Florida resident arrested for DUI after two injured in crash

Any type of car accident can cause the police officers who respond to the scene to be suspicious about drunk driving being involved. But, when a car collision involves injuries, that susceptibility to suspicion likely only rises. In a recent incident in Florida, a man was arrested on drunk driving charges after it was alleged that he ran a vehicle he was driving into a tiki bar, resulting in injuries for two people.

What are the most common field sobriety tests?

Most of our readers in Florida are likely to be familiar with one of the most common aspects of a drunk driving stop: field sobriety tests. But, what are the most common field sobriety tests that law enforcement officials put people through during a DUI stop?

Breathalyzer test results may be inaccurate

With the start of a new year often comes the pursuit of a significant number of drunk driving charges. New Year's Eve often brings saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints, which leave many Floridians facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing. If convicted, these individuals may wind up facing serious penalties, including jail, prison, fines, license suspension, license revocation and damage to one's reputation that may be difficult to remedy. In other words, those accused of drunk driving have a lot on the line. Failing to aggressively defend one's self can thus result in significant negative changes to one's life.

Our firm knows how to raise reasonable doubt as to drunk driving

Previously on this blog we discussed a couple of the field sobriety tests that police officers rely on when trying to determine whether a motorist is intoxicated. If a driver fails those tests, the results are passed on to prosecutors, who then use them as evidence as a way to obtain a drunk driving conviction. A conviction, in turn, can leave an individual facing serious penalties. Depending on the circumstances, these penalties may include jail or prison, fines, license suspension, license revocation and significant damage to one's reputation. With that in mind, if you have been accused of DUI, then you need to think about how to put forth a strong criminal defense that protects your interests.

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