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Sarasota DUI Defense

What is DUI?

Driving Under the influence is taken seriously in Sarasota. "DUI" refers to a violation of Florida Statute 316.193. The State must show that you are driving and that you are doing so while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired. Keep in mind that being under the influence of drugs, even if they are prescribed to you, can cause you to be arrested for DUI.

What should I expect when being investigated for DUI?

Often, an officer will first notice your vehicle by some kind of erratic driving, such as weaving, driving too fast or too slowly, or ignoring traffic signals. It is also common to be stopped for speeding or running a red light and wind up being investigated and arrested for DUI. Law enforcement will take note of your appearance and behavior such as an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and anything that seems out of the ordinary. An officer will likely attempt to ask you to perform field sobriety exercises, which are physical exercises allegedly designed to determine whether someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A breath test is also regularly requested.

What are the consequences of DUI?

Sentences can vary, but there are minimum standards that are required by statute. First, you are required to be adjudicated guilty; a judge cannot withhold adjudication even if this is your first offense ever. Second, there is a minimum of a $500 fine and you must perform at least 50 hours of community service. As part of your sentence you must also complete DUI School and attend a Victim Impact Panel. Third, there are numerous administrative sanctions that DHSMV will impose such as a driver's license suspension, an impoundment of your vehicle, and possibly an interlock device placed on your ignition. These are the MINIMUM sanctions you may receive. If you have had previous DUIs then you may also be facing a jail sentence or possibly having your charge upgraded to a third degree felony.

How can Soler & Slack help?

Soler & Slack have extensive experience both defending and prosecuting DUIs. One defense is that you were not the one driving. If the State does not have a witness that saw you driving, then it cannot prove DUI. The State must also show that you were under the influence of something. If you do not score above a .08 on the breath test or have a blood or urine test that shows narcotics, then it is difficult for the State to prove you were under the influence of anything at the time you were driving. Even if the State can prove you were under the influence, the State must further show that your normal faculties were impaired by the alcohol or drug. Normal faculties are the actions you perform on a daily basis, such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, and making judgments. In addition to this, Soler and Slack, P.A. is at the fore-front of litigation involving the Intoxilyzer breath test machine, the machine used by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to allegedly determine blood alcohol content. We will file all the necessary motions and order the jail video, if possible, to ensure that your rights are protected if you chose to provide an Intoxilyzer breath sample. Soler and Slack, P.A. will explore every possible defense, and expose every possible weakness in the State's case, to get you the best possible resolution for your DUI charge. Call today for a free consultation.

Everything you need to know (and some 'behind-the-scenes' information) about DUI is below.

Check out the below links. They are a summary of some very important issues that anyone who drives in the State of Florida should be aware of:

When the police officer first approaches me and suspects DUI, what happens, what can I do?

So he thinks I might be intoxicted: Everything you need to know about field sobriety excercises.

What happens if I'm arrested for DUI, Is there anything I can do?

All you need to know about the breath test machine.

Is your license suspended? Check here

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