DUI Charges In Daytona Beach: How Much Is Too Much To Drink?
Drunk driving is a major problem in Daytona Beach. As a result, police are vigilant in patrolling local roads and highways. If you plan on going to a place where you will be drinking, make arrangements for getting home safely. Getting behind the wheel after having any amount of alcohol could result in DUI charges. To protect yourself against serious penalties, be aware of the risks and take the appropriate precautions.
Protecting Yourself Against DUI Charges
Driving under the influence can result in serious criminal charges. If you are pulled over and found to be above the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit, you will be facing fines, court costs, mandatory drug and alcohol education classes, the loss of your driving privileges, and a potentially lengthy jail sentence. You could also face civil liability and criminal charges if you are involved in a car accident as a result of being drunk.
During the month of August, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with local law enforcement officials in promoting the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Police presence will be even heavier than usual and they will be more aggressive in pulling drivers over and conducting DUI tests. It is important for you to be aware of how even one or two drinks could impact your driving skill and your BAC content. Factors that will influence how much it takes to put you over the legal limit include:
- Your height, weight, and gender;
- The alcohol by volume (APV) in the drinks you had;
- How fast you consumed them;
- The time at which you had your last drink;
- Other factors, such as your metabolism and underlying health conditions you may be suffering from.
If You Get Pulled Over
As a result of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, expect to encounter more police on the road. Even if you had only one or two drinks, you could end up being pulled over for suspected DUI. If this happens, it is important to be aware of the steps you need to take to protect yourself:
- Pullover as soon as safely possible if you see police lights behind you.
- Remain in your vehicle as the officer approaches the car.
- Inform them before making any movements, such as reaching in your handbag or glove compartment for driver’s license and insurance.
- Be respectful and polite, but assert your right to remain silent.
- Do not consent to a search of the vehicle, though the police may have cause to search it anyway.
You have the right to refuse DUI testing, which robs police and prosecutors of important evidence in your case. However, be aware that under the Florida Statutes, refusing a breathalyzer or blood tests could result in an automatic driver’s license suspension.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
If you are charged with DUI, get Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. on your side. We provide the aggressive legal representation needed to prevent a conviction. Call or contact our Daytona Beach DUI attorneys online and request a consultation today.