DUI Arrest? Let our Tallahassee DUI Defense Lawyer Help You Now!
You may be able to avoid jail time!
by DUI in Tallahassee attorney Joe Bodiford
It is against the law in every state to drive a car, a boat, or any other motor vehicle while intoxicated. "Driving Under the Influence" (also called DUI) and "Driving While Intoxicated" (also called DWI) charges are serious criminal offenses related to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. If you are driving erratically or violating traffic laws, the police may stop you and, if they believe you are intoxicated, ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. They may measure your blood alcohol content by asking you to submit to a breathalyzer test or by asking for a blood and/or urine sample. While they are building evidence against you, you need a Tallahassee DUI attorney working just as hard for your side of things.
Blood Alcohol Content
When you consume alcoholic drinks, alcohol is absorbed into your blood stream. The level of alcohol in your blood, called the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), can be measured by different tests. In Florida, you are presumed to be drunk and unable to operate a vehicle safely if your BAC is .08 or greater.
If the police suspect that you are drunk, they can require you to take a breathalyzer or other test to measure your blood alcohol content. Refusal to take a test may result in an automatic suspension of your license for a long period of time, as much as six months or a year, depending upon the state.
A jury may convict you based on evidence that your breath, conduct, language, and motor movements showed that you were drunk and unable to drive safely.
A drunk driving conviction also generally causes your automobile insurance premiums to increase dramatically.
People charged with drunk driving will generally request a trial to fight the charge. Legal defenses may be raised to defeat the drunk driving charge or reduce the penalties. If you've been arrested and charged with "driving under the influence" ("DUI"), you will need a lawyer to defend you in court. However, it can make things a lot less confusing to know what's going to happen in court even before you talk to a Tallahassee DUI attorney.
If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Tallahassee, you may be facing fines, jail time, and loss of your job, so you cannot afford to wait – call Tallahassee DUI lawyer Joe Bodiford now - (850) 222-4529.