DUI investigations have become very common in South Florida, with more and more people have been detained and questioned with the infamous question; if a police officer or sheriff stops you and asks if you have been drinking, you know what to answer? You should take the breath alcohol test? You should run sobriety tests? If you do not know the answers to these questions you could be affected for the rest of your life.
If a police officer stops you and asks if you have been drinking and the officer can smell the alcohol, there are two scenarios with quite different results which may probably happen, depending on your choice of how to broach the subject of the investigation. If your answer to the question is “just a drink or just a beer”, you’ve joined the ranks of thousands of individuals who have been convicted of DUI. A DUI conviction remains on your record for life. So you’ll want to pay attention. “Only I drank an official drink” may prompt the officer to ask you leave your car to perform sobriety tests and analysis of breath at the police station. Learn what to do to help you win your DUI case with experienced lawyers.
Driving under the influence is a serious criminal offense in Florida. The consequences can vary and depend on individual circumstances such as your driving record and criminal history. Penalties may include:
- Community service
- Traffic School and / or substance abuse classes
- Seizure or immobilization of your vehicle
- Suspension or revocation of driver’s license, depending on circumstances
- Conditional freedom
- Criminal charges or imprisonment