DUI, driving under the influence, is a serious charge and a conviction could come with severe penalties. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration). Driving while impaired may result in a charge of DUI or in a serious accident. BAC is determined using various methods including breathalyzers, blood tests, and urine tests. Testing may be done if the law enforcement officer feels that you may be driving while impaired.

Implied Consent

In Florida, as in other states, has an implied consent law in place. Every licensed driver has agreed to take a BAC test if asked to do so by a member of law enforcement. Refusal to submit to such a test will result in additional and separate charges which will include an automatic suspension of your driving privileges. Additionally, this refusal may be presented in your DUI case in court. Generally, it may be best to simply consent to the test when asked to take it. However, if your results are above the legal limit you will be charged with DUI.

Defending DUI Charges

DUI charges may be complex and difficult to defend by yourself. The best results most often come through the use of an experienced DUI attorney. A lawyer who focuses on DUI cases defends clients against such charges on a daily basis and often has the best investigative methods in place and top defense strategies available.  Each case is different, however, your attorney will review every aspect of your situation to determine the best way to proceed. With so much as stake, it is often in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you throughout the process.