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Woman Refuses Blood Test, Claims to Have Taken Prescription Drug

On Tuesday, October 22, a 49-year-old female driver was allegedly driving around Wellington while impaired. According to witnesses, she ran into a tree (twice), a mailbox, and then a fire hydrant. People in the community tried to keep the driver from leaving the scene, one person being said to have confiscated her keys. Once police officers arrived on the scene, they said they discovered two wine bottles where the woman had crashed. They further related that the suspect had bloodshot eyes, trouble speaking, and alcohol on the breath. She absolutely refused a blood test. She contended that she was not under the influence, but had simply taken Klonopin. This is a prescription drug meant for patients with epileptic seizures and panic disorders. She has been charged with DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident, and with refusal to submit to a blood test. She is being held in custody at Palm Beach County Jail.

On its own, the charge of leaving the scene in an accident that damaged property could mean 60 days in jail, six months' probation, or up to $500 fines. Even refusing a blood test could mean serious restrictions on one's liberty, as driving privileges can be suspended or revoked. This is because if someone has a driver's license, they have implied their consent to take any chemical tests that are requested of them in order to check whether they are impaired. Then with any DUI charge, there is always the threat of time in jail, fines, and a criminal record.

If you face DUI charges, then you cannot afford to be without the best DUI defense lawyer possible. Contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. immediately to get time on your side, and to learn what a Tampa DUI lawyer from our firm can do for you. We are committed to doing our utmost to defend our clients' rights.

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