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Florida Mom Arrested for DUI in Parking Lot of Her Apartment Complex

Saturday, May 3, an Ormond Beach mom was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a bad parking job. A passerby called the police when they said they saw the 36-year-old mother lap around the complex parking numerous times, reportedly ramming into a parked car before she herself parked diagonally in an available spot.

When police came to the scene, a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old were observed as passengers in the car, but no one had been injured. Their mother was said to have been snacking, while French fries were strewn across her shirt. She told the officers that she was sorry, and that she had downed "too many" drinks of vodka and cranberry juice. Her breath samples read a 0.292 and 0.306 alcohol content level. That is nearly four times the legal limit.

She has had three charges leveled against her:

  • Child abuse that had the potential to lead to physical or mental injury (two counts)
  • Driving under the influence

Not only is she being accused of having a BAC that is above 0.20 percent, but she is further charged with having minors in the car during the alleged offense. Either factor on its own would be enough for intensified penalties that could include:

  • 9 months in jail
  • $1,000 in fines
  • 1 year of driver's license suspension
  • 6 months of driving with an ignition interlock device

These are simply the potential penalties for a first DUI charge. Any subsequent charges could instantly increase the severity of the charges.

No matter how serious or complex a charge is, however, every defendant has legal rights. If you have been charged with DUI in Tampa, then you need to be fully aware of what your rights are under federal and Florida law. Find out what your protections and possible defenses are when you get in touch with Thomas & Paulk, P.A. as soon as possible. Discover how our skilled Tampa DUI attorneys can fight for you!

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