Was That DUI Checkpoint Legal?

Even though DUI checkpoints in the United States are generally legal, they must comply with various rules imposed by federal and state law. These DUI checkpoints are in place to both deter drunk drivers and also catch those who in violation of the law. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired driving […]

DUI Enforcement Often Spikes Around Memorial Day

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, DUI related injuries often peak. DUI enforcement spikes during this period of time for various reasons—most college students are on summer break and more people are on the roads than usual. Not to mention, people typically drink more in the summer months than they do at other times of […]

What is DUI Manslaughter?

DUI manslaughter is a serious crime in Florida that can result in equally serious penalties. In Florida, if a driver causes another person’s death while operating a motor vehicle and while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then the State can charge him or her with DUI manslaughter. If a judge or jury convicts […]

If You Drive Professionally, a DUI Can End Your Career

Like everyone else, professional and commercial drivers who are convicted of a DUI can face serious criminal penalties. In addition to those penalties, commercial drivers, such as commercial truck drivers, may also lose their jobs—and their commercial driver’s license. In this way, a DUI can have devastating effects for professional drivers, making it impossible them […]

Did You Get a DUI in Florida this Spring Break?

Each year, thousands of college students descend on St. Petersburg for traditional spring break revelry—which often involves the consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, for many students, spring break may also involve an alcohol-related criminal charge, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, or DUI. If you have sustained a DUI in Florida over Spring Break […]

Could Your DUI Case Get Dismissed?

If you have been formally accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), perhaps the best outcome possible is to obtain a dismissal of your case. Typically, cases are dismissed when a judge or prosecutor determines that there is enough evidence available to proceed with the case. This usually occurs when a defendant makes […]

Florida Woman Charged with DUI for Riding Horse

When you think of drunk driving and DUIs, you usually think of motor vehicles and serious penalties, including fines and jail time. However, last November, a Florida woman was arrested when she rode a horse on a busy Florida highway. At the time of the arrest, she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The […]

St. Petersburg Police are on the Lookout for Underage Drinkers

Police in St. Petersburg are cracking down on underage drinking—particularly this time of year during Spring Break. In Florida, underage possession of alcohol is a second-degree misdemeanor. A conviction can land you in jail for up to 60 days for a first offense. If you are arrested for underage drinking, there will be a record […]

Under 0.08 DUIs—A Surprising Reality in Florida

Under Florida law, a breathalyzer test which shows a blood alcohol concentration (or BAC) of 0.08 percent almost certainly guarantees that you will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). However, in some circumstances you can still face DUI charges—even where you blow less than 0.08. For example, if you are younger than 21, […]

How Does a DUI Case Get Thrown Out of Court?

The legal DUI limits in Florida are 0.08 percent for most drivers ages 21 and older, 0.02 percent for drivers under the age of 21, and 0.04 percent for commercial drivers. Being found guilty or convicted of a DUI in Florida can have serious legal and personal consequences, including heavy fines, loss of employment, limited […]