Drunk driving charges can leave a permanent mark on a person's record, following them around for years to come. What is the best way to avoid DUI charges? Making sure you are never behind the wheel with a BAL above .08, right? Unfortunately, it is not always that simple. Not only do certain parties face more stringent standards, but officers may be able to arrest and charge a driver, even when their BAL is below the legal limit if they are visibly impaired by their alcohol consumption. In these cases, charges may be harder to prove, putting the burden on the prosecution to demonstrate their case. Regardless, a person is up against an officer's testimony, which is typically highly respected in court. You will need to act fast to protect your rights and build your defense in such situations.
What are the BAL limits in Florida?
For regular, legal-aged drivers, any BAL of .08 or above is considered illegal and can result in DUI charges, even if a driver does not exhibit signs of impairment. On the flipside, if a driver is visibly impaired and driving recklessly, officers may be able to charge them, despite their legal BAL. They may bring wet reckless charges forward or even DUI charges in limited cases. While not as serious, wet reckless charges can still result in a criminal record and additional penalties for an accused individual.
Specific restrictions for other drivers include the following:
- Drivers under the age of 21: BAL of .02
- Commercial drivers on the job: BAL of .04
These charges should not be taken lightly, as they can result in thousands of dollars in fines, year-long probation, and months of jail time. Not only that, but drivers will typically have theirlicense revoked or suspended and may have to have an
ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. All of these penalties can create a serious burden for an individual and damage their reputation for years after the initial charge.
If you have been charged with DUI, wet reckless, or other charges related to intoxication, make sure you do not delay in crafting your defense. Thomas & Paulk is ready to stand up for your name.