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What are officers looking for during a walk-and-turn test?

In a previous blog post, we briefly discussed the different types of field sobriety tests used by Florida police officers. This week, we'd like to go into further detail about the walk-and-turn test in particular. As local law enforcement agencies depend on this and other field sobriety tests before making arrests, it is important for Florida drivers to understand what these different tests are and what officers are looking for.

The walk-and-turn test requires a person to be able to walk nine steps in a straight line, heel-to-toe, turn around on one foot and then walk back to the starting position in the same fashion. During this process, there are a number of things an officer is looking for to determine if a person is impaired. These include:

If available, should I take a plea deal for a DUI charge?

There is no doubt about it, charges of impaired driving can be difficult to fight in court. Every DUI case is different, and it is important to understand what works for one individual may not be the best solution for another. When facing a DUI charge in Florida, there are typically a number of legal options available to ensure those accused of such a crime are granted the best possible outcome for their situation.

Recently in local headlines, a Florida man opted to take a plea deal in lieu of a trial and the possibility of facing a harsher sentence for a fatal wreck he allegedly caused. This individual was accused of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of an accident in which a 29-year-old male was killed. According police officers in Miami, the accused ran a red light and slammed into the victim's car. He reportedly fled the scene of the accident on foot before being arrested.

Florida boaters can be charged with DUI

When it comes to driving under the influence, most people associate that term with car or truck drivers. However, the state of Florida also applies DUI laws to boaters as well. The penalties associated with a conviction of boating under the influence (BUI) can be just as severe as those for operating other types of motor vehicles while intoxicated.

There are approximately 900,000 registered boats in Florida. With the number of boating locations available across the state, that number isn't surprising. As so many people are out on Florida waterways and exploring the coastline, it is not uncommon for accidents to happen. In fact, hundreds of boating accidents reportedly occur every year. Of those accidents, approximately 50 fatalities result.

Florida teen facing felony DUI and other charges after wreck

The individual deemed responsible for a fatal accident that occurred a few months back has been arrested and charged for the incident. A teenage boy is facing felony DUI and other charges for a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of one passenger and injured two others. As these types of charges are taken very seriously in Florida, this individual, if convicted, may face some serious and life-altering consequences.

An 18-year-old male was recently taken into custody and, at last report, was being held on $300,000 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. He is accused of driving while intoxicated, speeding and causing a crash that resulted in death. According to police reports, the accused lost control of his vehicle and struck a few mailboxes, utility poles and two trees before coming to a stop. One passenger, a 17-year-old girl, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Two other passengers were transported for medical care.

Man charged with drinking and driving, drug possession in Florida

A Florida driver may be at risk of being charged with drunk driving in any number of circumstances. Often, though, a person is charged with drinking and driving when officers are called to the scene of a vehicle accident. When authorities have reason to believe that alcohol is a contributing factor in an accident, a DUI charge may follow.

A Florida man was recently arrested for drinking and driving after crashing his vehicle. The was no report of any other vehicles being involved in the crash. However, the man did reportedly admit to previously drinking.

Florida woman faces DUI charge after fender bender

Anyone who has driven with children knows of the distractions that they can cause. They may ask incessant questions and are insistent that those questions are answered. They may complain about the temperature or volume of the music, resulting in the driver to take action. Unfortunately, this distraction could be enough to cause an accident, but one woman in Florida is now facing a DUI charge after a car accident involving a young child, which could have simply been the result of an unpreventable distraction.

The accident happened at approximately 9 p.m. one night in November. Reports indicate that the woman told police she was slowing to stop when she turned to speak to her 7-year-old passenger. Unfortunately, police claim that she was unable to stop before ramming the back of a car. The force of the collision pushed the second vehicle into a third.

Man faces another DUI charge in Florida

People are prone to make mistakes. Many times, some individuals continue to make the same mistakes, despite having already experienced prior consequences. One man may be going through this situation and is now facing DUI charges in Florida.

The 49-year-old man was arrested after police officers arrived at the scene of an accident that occurred at approximately 9:34 a.m. one morning in late October. The police officers say they noticed the man as they were investigating the crash. Reportedly, he was sitting in his pickup truck when the police officers approached him.

Florida wrong-way driver charged with DUI

Florida police arrested a driver on a recent Sunday who apparently only narrowly avoided a collision with a police cruiser. After conducting Breathalyzer tests, the authorities concluded that he was likely intoxicated and arrested him for driving under the influence. It has been noted that this is not his first traffic related infraction, although there was no report of a prior DUI conviction.

Shortly after 3 a.m., the 25-year-old driver was apparently spotted driving in the wrong direction on Florida Interstate 275. A police officer reportedly pulled the wrong-way vehicle over after the officer had to take evasive action to avoid an accident. According to the officer, the driver appeared intoxicated and was unable to speak without slurring his speech. A scent of alcohol was also noted.

Are passengers allowed to drink alcohol and avoid DUI charges?

It is an obvious fact that drivers are not allowed to drink and drive nor are they permitted to have an open alcohol beverage in their hands or near their person while behind the wheel. However, one thing that may not be so clear to Florida residents is whether passengers are allowed to have an open alcohol beverage? If it is not permitted, are they subject to the same penalties as one who is charged with DUI?

In the state of Florida, as well as 39 other states, it is illegal for passengers to have an open bottle, can or container of any type with alcohol in it in the vehicle. This is true even if the container is empty of any beverage. Any passenger who is found in violation of Florida's open container law may be arrested and charged.

Man gets DUI retrial after alleged juror misconduct

A Florida man who was convicted for another man's death in 2012 after allegedly driving under the influence is getting a second chance at proving his innocence. He was previously sentenced to 16 years for the DUI death; however, the conviction was thrown out due to the fact that there was alleged juror misconduct. Even after being convicted, the man is adamant regarding his innocence.

Prosecuting attorneys are claiming that the man was under the influence when his vehicle pushed the other vehicle into the canal. He had supposedly been at The Players Club where he ran up a tab of more than $270. When tested later, his BAC was over double what the Florida legal limit is.

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