Jacksonville Warned Of DUI Dangers During Florida-Georgia Festivities

Florida-Georgia is the classic example of a good time at a football game. Unfortunately, Jacksonville DUI cases are sure to follow this packed game. One facing a DUI case should have an experienced Jacksonville Criminal defense lawyer to represent, defend, and ensure their rights are protected.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia State Patrol and Florida Highway Patrol have teamed up this year in preparation for the big game. Their message can be seen on social media sites, as well on television during the game. The Georgia-Florida police have suggested that if one is going to drink, to use a designated sober driver. The police will not hesitate to pull over someone who appears to be impaired.

Drinking can seem to add fun to celebrations such as Florida-Georgia, but when put together with driving, drinking can lead to serious legal consequences. Being arrested for a DUI in Jacksonville can be very disadvantageous with the various legal penalties involved:

– license suspension/revocation
– DUI school enrollment
– up to 6 months in jail
– vehicle tow and impoundment
– ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
– expensive court fines and fees

Not only are the legal penalties bad, but one’s reputation, career, and self-esteem can be severely affected by a DUI. Many people run the risk of losing their jobs simply by not getting a designated driver.

One has rights when stopped by the police. There are options. One of these is refusing a blood alcohol test.

The biggest tests that police will use are field sobriety tests and breath tests. If the breath test finds that one’s blood-alcohol level is above 0.8, the legal limit in Florida, that person can be charged with a DUI. If someone refuses the test, they will be taken to jail for the night just as if they had had a blood-alcohol level of 0.8 or higher; their license will also be suspended. However, the person will be charged with a civil penalty, rather than a criminal penalty like a DUI.

Another upside to refusing to submit to the breath test is that there will be less evidence that you were driving under the influence if you actually were driving under the influence. This refusal and lack of evidence will make it easier for an experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight the case and have it reduced or dismissed.

Florida has a 10-day rule, which says that if one obtains a lawyer within 10 days, the lawyer can try to re-obtain your license before it is officially suspended. If the lawyer is able to stop your license from being suspended, you may not lose your license at all.

If one’s blood alcohol level is above 0.15, in Florida, that person must have an ignition interlock installation installed in their car.

The way an ignition interlock works is basically the same way that a breathalyzer test works. The ignition interlock is attached to the vehicle itself. The person driving must have a low blood alcohol level to start the vehicle and may be required to give a sample of their blood-alcohol level while driving. These tests are expensive and a major hassle to everyone who has been charged with a DUI in Jacksonville.

The only logical choice in this situation is to fight. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a DUI charge. Defend yourself.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Resources:
Georgia, Florida fans warned: Don’t drink and drive, by Mike Morris, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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