Understanding your lawyer’s input and recommendations in your Florida DUI case is important and might help you to avoid criminal consequences. What follows are some of the most common questions asked by those accused of Florida DUIs.
Can I Refuse the Florida Breathalyzer Test?
Florida maintains an implied consent rule, which means that you automatically agree to take a test given by a law enforcement officer to determine the level of alcohol in your body. You could lose your license immediately and have it suspended for up to 18 months if you refuse.
What Will Be on My Criminal Record After A DUI Conviction?
DUI is considered a crime in the state of Florida. While most first time DUI convictions are misdemeanors, if you are what’s considered a habitual offender, you could be charged with a felony. Both a felony and a misdemeanor can show up a traditional background check. If you retain the services of a Florida DUI defense attorney, you may be able to keep this off your record.
When Would an Ignition Interlock Device Be Added to My Car?
An ignition interlock device is required for any driver who has been convicted of their second DUI. To start the car, you must blow into the machine, which determines whether or not there is alcohol in your breath. If you are ordered to have an ignition device, you are responsible for maintenance, installation and reporting and you cannot tamper with it.
At What Level of Alcohol Could I Be Charged of DUI in Florida?
If your blood alcohol content is above 0.08, you can be charged with DUI. However, if a law enforcement officer notices a mental impairment that could be due to alcohol, you could even be charged with DUI below the 0.08 limit and the same law applies to individuals under aged 21, who could be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content is 0.02 or above.