DUI and other drinking crimes not to be seen as summer fun

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2019 | DUI

Summer is the time for many students to escape from classes and studies and focus on fun and freedom. Unfortunately, peer pressure and other factors cause many teenagers in Fort Myers to show their ability to consume large amounts of alcohol. They spend fun-filled days at outdoor events, BBQs and on sunny Florida beaches. Some of them get carried away by the excitement and overlook the fact that drinking and driving on the road or the water can lead to DUI charges.

While it is a well-known fact that drunk driving is illegal, students might not realize that the same laws apply for boating while impaired. The same limit for blood alcohol content applies to boaters and vehicle drivers in most jurisdictions. Regardless of the mode of transport, allocating a designated driver to travel after drinking is never a bad idea.

Those who choose to spend their summer vacation in Fort Myers must take note that drinking in public is prohibited, even on beaches and at parks. Some are under the impression that drinking alcohol is only illegal while walking in the city, but the open container laws apply to all public areas even if the container is concealed in a brown paper bag. Those who travel to other destinations where drinking on beaches and at parks are allowed must keep in mind that public intoxication laws will still be in place.

Vacationing students in Fort Myers who are accused of DUI or any other crimes that involve alcohol or intoxication will likely retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having a lawyer in such circumstances can be an invaluable asset to make sure their legal rights are protected throughout police questioning and interviews. The attorney can devise a defense strategy focused on limiting the consequences of a DUI accusation.