Thousands of Florida residents will be taking to the roads during the holiday season around Christmas and New Year’s Day this year to visit family members and friends and celebrate. Many of these get-togethers will include alcohol consumption. By now most people know that it is a bad idea to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, but hundreds of Florida residents will still likely face a DUI charge this holiday season.
If you find yourself facing a DUI charge, you’ll want to consider the full range of the available defense options in your case. For starters, defendants will want to examine the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop that led to the DUI arrest. Did the law enforcement official have a valid reason to conduct the stop? If not, the entire encounter between the defendant and the police officer that occurred in the traffic stop may be called into question.
The validity of any field sobriety tests that were conducted during the traffic stop may be called into question as well. If field sobriety tests were conducted incorrectly, any results of those tests that were used by the law enforcement official to justify an arrest may be questioned.
Florida residents who are facing a DUI charge will be at risk of suffering serious consequences because of the arrest. If the arrest leads to a conviction, defendants could face jail time, probation supervision and even driver’s license suspension. For more information about how our law firm treats DUI cases, please visit the DUI overview section of our website.