Ask These Five Questions When Hiring a St. Petersburg DUI Lawyer

After a DUI arrest in St. Petersburg, many defendants assume their lives are over. After all, there’s no need to fight the charges when the officer has such overwhelming evidence, right? In reality, the right attorney can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. Ask these five questions, however, before hiring a […]

Standards for Opioid Intoxication When Driving

The opioid crisis is the headline on local and national news every day. Daily, more than 115 people in the United States die after an opioid overdose. Prescription pain pills, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl cause those who are addicted to the drugs to contribute to the rising costs of healthcare, lost productivity, treatment […]

Is It Worth Getting a Lawyer for a DUI if I Failed the Breathalyzer?

Like most states, drivers in Florida accept that they are subject to implied consent statutes when they operate a motor vehicle. This means if police stop you for suspicion of operating under the influence, you are obligated to take field sobriety tests—one of which is a Breathalyzer test. What is not always clear is what […]

Am I Responsible for a DUI That a Guest at My Party Received?

Last year in Florida, authorities issued 43,899 driving under the influence (DUI ) violation tickets, resulting in 24,334 DUI convictions. If you host a party that involves alcohol and/or drugs, and from which some guests are driving home, there is always a chance that one or more of your guests end the night with a […]

DUI Tests in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about one in three traffic deaths involve drunk drivers. In 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported about 45,000 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. DUI means a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. What Tests Are […]

Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

Most of us are familiar with the term DUI, which stands for “driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol).” Nautical aficionados usually know about the corollary BUI—boating under the influence. The United States Coast Guard reports a sobering fact: alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, causing 15 percent of […]

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 […]