The number of drunk drivers on the roads in Florida may be decreasing each day. But the number of intoxicated female motorists is increasing. There are two million more female drivers on the roads than there are men, states Time.com. Traditionally, men were more likely to be apprehended for driving while drunk. Although males may make up the majority of DUI arrests across the country, recent studies show that more women are drinking alcohol and driving, regardless of the risks.
While the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television franchise ended first-run episodes and only exists in syndication, new CSI-style "adventures" continue at high-profile locations.
Florida law imposes harsher penalties on defendants who knowingly commit crimes of violence against law enforcement officers. For instance, a defendant found guilty of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer is subject to a mandatory life sentence. Understandably, a criminal defense attorney who represents a client faced with one of these charges will strive to remove the law enforcement victim enhancement, if possible. A recent decision out of the Florida Supreme Court-Ramroop v. State-has made it easier for defendants to do just that, by holding that the defendant must have known the victim was a law enforcement officer for the statute to apply.
You know the potential consequences of drinking and driving in Florida. However, that does not stop you from wondering if you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer. You may not have consumed enough alcohol to qualify as drunk. But there is an officer knocking on your window, asking you to step out of your vehicle for the test. If you value your driving privileges, you should consider abiding by their request.
We previously posted about a decision from the Northern District of Florida-Lafayette v. Winstead County-holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protected employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Our own Elizabeth White's article on courts' growing recognition of this new theory was also featured in this Spring's business edition of Best Lawyers Magazine. Since we wrote those two pieces, there have been some major shake-ups in this area of employment law.
Approximately 96% of all vehicles manufactured since 2013 are equipped with devices called event data recorders-or "black boxes"-that keep track of data such as when the driver brakes, steering, engine rpm during a crash. More sophisticated black boxes record a wealth of information about a person's driving habits ranging from where they go, how fast they drive, and even whether the vehicles systems are in working order. In the hands of law enforcement officers or prosecutors, such data can become powerful evidence in a criminal case.