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Field sobriety tests not fully accurate

Florida residents know that the state's laws on driving under the influence are tough. While certainly it is important to keep people safe, it is equally important to protect the rights of everyone including those who may be accused of criminal actions. For their part, defendants must try to remember that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction and therefore learning about their options for a defense after being charged with drunk driving is important.

What are field sobriety tests?

In Florida, you may be asked to complete field sobriety tests if you are pulled over and the officer has reason to believe that you may be driving while under the influence. But just what are field sobriety tests, and how are they utilized?

What is the legal limit in Florida?

When it comes to drunk driving charges, there are many things to consider. In fact, some people may be surprised to find out that the legal limit for drunk driving is lower than they expected for certain drivers, such as those who have not reached the legal drinking age. In Jacksonville, Florida, DUI charges can completely upend a person's life. For example, they may be sentenced to prison for an extended period of time, face harsh financial penalties or lose their job. To make matters worse, their record could return to haunt them years later, when they are applying for a job.

DUIs involving women

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.

Can I refuse to take a breathalyzer?

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.

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