An investigator from the Office of the State Attorney of Monroe County has been suspended after his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated in Key West.
The press reports stated that an investigator from the Office of the State Attorney of Monroe County was arrested Wednesday night for DUI, after taking reverse a vehicle state against another car that night. According to official reports, when Key West police arrived, they found the man supposedly which was later identified as an investigator of the Prosecutor as state showing fallen eyelids, watery and bloodshot.
Allegedly, the investigator refused to submit to a breath test, according to the spokesman for the office of Catherine Vogel, State Attorney since then man has been suspended from his post pending the investigation.
As is customary when public employees are arrested in the jurisdiction where they work, Vogel’s office has requested that the governor reassign the case to another jurisdiction to avoid any conflict of interest.
In Florida, refusing to submit to a breath test leads to administrative and criminal sanctions. If this is the first time you have refused to submit to a breath test, you may lose your driving privileges for up to one year. But, if you already have refused to submit to a breath test in the past, this second time can be charged with misdemeanor other than DUI, which can generate additional jail time, fines, and 18 months suspension of driving license.
There are defenses to these sanctions, the most important to establish whether there is probable cause to arrest for DUI, which triggers the right of the police to request a breath test. But you will only have 10 days to challenge a license suspension for DUI and / or refusal to submit to a breath test. That is why it is imperative to immediately contact a DUI attorney in Monroe County after being arrested for DUI.