Man Tries to Use Taco as ID in Jacksonville DUI Case

A Florida man was recently arrested after attempting to use a taco as identification when confronted by police outside a South Florida Taco Bell, the Miami New Times reports.

Florida is known for its odd news, and cases of Jacksonville DUI are no exception. But these cases are no laughing matter.Being arrested for DUI in Jacksonville can not only lead to a hit to one’s reputation, but also job loss and other serious financial consequences. That doesn’t include the penalties that are possible under Florida’s DUI laws:

-driver’s license suspension
-up to 6 months in jail
-up to 1 year on probation
-DUI School enrollment
-vehicle impoundment
-ignition interlock device installation and monthly access fees
-court fines and fees
Jacksonville DUI defense lawyers have seen many people who have lost colleagues, friends and reputations after being charged with this crime, which amounts often to a one-time mistake. There are many defenses to consider when facing this charge and they should be considered from the start.

In this case, a Jensen Beach man was arrested after his car caught fire outside a Taco Bell restaurant. He was there around 1 a.m. after having allegedly drank during the night. He pulled his truck through the drive-through and got his food before falling asleep at the pick-up window.

The store’s manager called police and when deputies arrived, they asked the man for identification. He allegedly reached into his bag and offered a taco. When law enforcement clarified they were asking for his identification, he allegedly chuckled and began eating his taco.

When officers noticed the man had fallen asleep with the truck in park, but his foot on the accelerator, they saw that the engine had caught on fire from the friction. They used fire extinguishers to put out the flames.

After agreeing to take a breath test, the man’s blood-alcohol content was between .225 and .227, which is more than two times the state’s legal limit. He now faces a DUI charge.

This man must now move past the humiliation of the situation and focus on fighting the charges he faces. If the breath test results are let into trial and he is convicted, he may also have the added penalty of dealing with an ignition interlock device. In Florida, those who have a blood-alcohol content of .15 or higher must install the device for six months.

This device is like a breath test, except it is attached to a person’s vehicle. They must not only pay for the service, which can be costly, but must have a low blood-alcohol content level for the vehicle to start. It also may ask for a sample as the person is driving.

This is an added hassle and expense brought on by a DUI charge in Jacksonville. Fighting the charge is the only choice for someone put in this position. Don’t allow the state to run you over. Fight back.

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.

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Jacksonville Pedestrian Accident Could Lead to Charges; Unclear if Alcohol Was a Factor: September 23, 2011
Jacksonville Mayor’s Spokesman Charged With DUI: September 16, 2011
Additional Resources:

Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell, by Kyle Muzenrieder, Miami New Times

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