Tea Field sobriety tests It implies that the arresting officer asks the suspect to perform specific exercises so that the officer can determine whether the driver is physically or mentally impaired. The next three exercises make up the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).
Tea Walking and turning exercise It is the one that most people recognize because it is the most common and the most used. The officer asks the suspect to walk nine steps, heel to toe, usually along a painted road line, turn 180 degrees, and walk nine steps, heel to toe backward.
Tea Horizontal gauze nystagmus (HGN) is an exercise used to measure involuntary jerks of the eye when looking to the side. When a person is intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, this involuntary shaking or nystagmus is much more noticeable. Although it is a standardized test, it is generally not admissible in court.
Tea One leg stand it’s just that. The officer asks the suspect to stand with one foot raised six inches off the ground for at least 30 seconds while the officer checks for signs that the suspect may be too drunk to drive such as, jumping, rocking off balance, waving arms.
The chemical test that may be required of a suspect includes a breathalyzer, a blood test, or a urinalysis. All three tests are used to measure a person’s blood alcohol concentration or BAC, which works on a scale of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. An interesting note is that Florida residents cannot choose which exam to take, but they do have the option of taking multiple exams.
Specific Laws and Charges
In all US states, if a driver has a BAC of 0.8% or higher, they are considered too drunk to drive any type of motorized vehicle, including cars, trucks (including 18 wheels), boats, and bicycles, and you may be charged for DUI. Florida, on the other hand, has several alternative laws regarding drunk driving.
Zero tolerance, which means drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of just .02% can be charged for a DUI.
Intoxication per se says that the law of the state of Florida considers that any driver whose BAC is equal to or greater than 08% is legally or per se intoxicated. In other words, no further evidence of driver impairment is needed for a DUI charge.
Implied consent means that by having a driver’s license, the driver has consented to a chemical test to determine his BAC. Additionally, refusing a chemical test can carry additional penalties and fines.
Enhanced (Aggravated) Penalty BAC means that higher penalties will be imposed on drivers who possess a BAC of .15% or more while driving.
Punishments and sanctions
In Florida, if you are convicted of DUI, you can face some of the same criminal penalties as other crimes, such as jail time, community service, and fines. The penalties are considered according to the specific case, considering BAC, recidivism, if they are minor) in the vehicle and other factors.
DUI school is a series of classes, which Florida law requires to be completed in order to obtain a second license; This is mandatory for all offenders, including the first time.
The ignition interlock device is a device that has a mechanism that forces drivers to blow into a camera before starting their vehicle to determine if the driver has consumed alcohol; if alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start. For second offenders, ignition interlocks are mandatory.
Hardship or restricted licenses are licenses that restrict the driver’s movements only to children’s work, home, church, or school.
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