It is a crime to drive while impaired in Florida and all other states because it endangers the lives of the intoxicated driver, his or her passengers and the public. Being convicted for drunk driving can ruin a person’s future. However, a conviction can only occur if, and when, the prosecution can prove the driver’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Until then, he or she will remain innocent in the eyes of the law.
Here are some of the consequences of driving after consuming alcohol or drugs, and the reasons why it is always a good idea to have a designated driver or catch a ride. Being stopped for drunk driving may mean being handcuffed and dragged to jail, and staying behind bars until a bond is posted. Testing for blood alcohol content may be done, and the accused driver will face a jury or judge in court. There will be fines and court fees for those who are convicted, and if they are placed on probation, there will be monthly probation fees to pay.
The court might suspend or revoke the person’s drivers license, and require him or her to be educated about alcohol by attending classes, and also have his or her drinking habits assessed. The driver’s insurance premiums will likely be increased, and the court could order the installation of an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. Along with these, a DUI conviction can jeopardize an individual’s life on personal and financial levels, while possibly limiting employment opportunities.
These are all drastic consequences of a drunk driving conviction, making it crucial to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. In Florida, a driver who is accused of driving under the influence is entitled to call an attorney to be present during interviews and questioning by police and to evaluate the charges and the methods used to determine the blood alcohol level. Not all DUI charges lead to convictions, and many cases are dismissed, or charges are reduced.