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Understanding what happens when you say no to a chemical test - II

Last time, we discussed how anyone holding a Florida driver's license has already given their tacit consent to submit to chemical tests in the event they are placed under arrest for driving under the influence thanks to the state's implied consent law.

No Charges Yet in Fatal Florida Car Crash

Police say that no charges have been filed and that no announcement is forthcoming in a case involving three young women and a deadly car crash that took place about three weeks ago. The Florida car crash has gained national attention after reporters linked the survivor of the crash to a Twitter account that had posted a concerning message the night of the accident, saying that she was "2 drunk 2 care."

Another Fourth of July on Its Way

Fourth of July Weekend

fourth of july fireworksWith the 4th of July only a few days away, people are planning their first holiday of the summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day are also huge holidays that bracket summer vacations, but Independence Day is a nationwide holiday where most families are off school and work. Since the Fourth falls on Thursday this year, many employers are giving their employees Friday off as well, which means a four day weekend. AAA predicts almost 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home to celebrate Independence Day. Orlando is Top Destination

Every year over 55 million visitors travel into central Florida, and most of them spend time in Orlando. The Fourth of July weekend, and the following two weeks are the peak season for Orlando tourism, and Orbitz.com reports that Orlando is the top destination for July 3-7, 2013. The managing director of the Hyatt Regency, Paul Tang, is enthusiastic about having a great season this year. He comments that bookings for the hotel are strong. Orlando is a fantastic destination because there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday when planning ahead. 

DUI Hotlines - How Effective Are They?

Many, if not all, states have some form of a DUI hotline because state officials believe that every citizen should report any driver who appears to be drunk to 911 or the local jurisdiction. Officials at the DUI Foundation believe that "Leaving a tip can lead to a faster response time by officials." The DUI Foundation believes that a driver who spots a potential drunk driver should report the following information; location; direction headed; make and model of the vehicle; license plate number; and a description of the driver.

Mock Drivers Show Real Results for DUI Awareness

mock crash in front of teensSeveral high schools in South Florida are effectively using "mock car crashes" every year to demonstrate the dangers of driving under the influence to students. Whether viewed as a DUI or DWI, kids who typically view life with a sense of youthful invincibility are being brought face to face with the death and destruction of driving while impaired.  These demonstrations tend to happen frequently during prom week, when students tend to drink and drive more.

Florida DUI Sentences Depend on Mixture of Factors

What you do after a Florida DUI charge matters. At sentencing, judges have significant discretion in choosing the punishment that best fits the crime. The actions you take - and the DUI defense lawyer you choose - can go a long way toward generating a favorable outcome.

Pros and Cons of a DUI Checkpoint

Individuals that are facing criminal charges that are the result of a sobriety checkpoint should understand that you may still have a case. Not all law enforcement administered checkpoints are set up in a manner that is in keeping with your constitutional rights.  What are the Pros of a Sobriety Checkpoint?
In an effort of fairness, sobriety checkpoints do serve a purpose. Many Americans have sustained major injuries or, worse yet, death resulting from DUI related motor vehicle accidents. Many people will argue that the arrests that result from checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drunk drivers and justify the intrusiveness of the stops. In addition, the money that is used for sobriety checkpoints often comes from grants, instead of tax dollars.

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