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Reinstatement after driver's license suspension in Florida

There are many reasons to avoid facing a DUI. One of these reasons is to avoid having to deal with a driver’s license suspension. However, it is possible to reinstate one’s license after being convicted of a DUI in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. A suspended license can become quite a challenge for many people, therefore it is a good idea to know the options available.

If it is one’s first DUI offense, the punishment is less severe than multiple offenses. For a first offense, a person will have his or her driver’s license revoked from anywhere between 180 days to one year. However, it is possible for one to ask to be granted a hardship license.

Proposed law increases penalties for first DUI offense in Florida

The law has little tolerance for driving under the influence. Now, it seems the law may have even less tolerance of those who are convicted of their first DUI, whether in Florida or another state. A congresswoman is currently proposing a change in federal laws which call for harsher penalties for first-time DUI offenders.

The proposed legislation would make it mandatory for states to force first-time offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their cars. Usually, this is only required for repeat offenders or minors convicted of drinking and driving. This would mean that motorists convicted of a DUI offense, even for the first violation, would be required to blow into the device before attempting to drive their cars. If the driver has consumed any alcohol, the device will blocks the car’s ignition from starting the vehicle.

Criminal charges could follow fatal drinking and driving wreck

When a Florida resident is involved in a serious automobile accident, a series of events is set into motion. Initially, the driver will be assessed at the scene, and a decision will be made regarding whether drinking and driving played a role in the crash. If the police suspect that inebriation is a factor in the incident, an arrest will likely follow. From that point on, additional criminal charges may be made, and the driver will have to make a fast and well-planned legal response.

Such is the case for a 32-year-old Florida woman who was recently involved in a fatal car crash. The accident took place in Palm Beach County at the intersection of State Road 7 and Palmetto Park Road. The woman was heading northbound on State Road 7 when a 31-year-old man was turning left across State Road 7 on a green arrow. The woman failed to stop and crashed into the side of the man’s vehicle. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Florida man charged with DUI and manslaughter after deadly wreck

A wife purportedly called Florida police to claim that she was concerned that her husband was drinking and driving and was possibly a danger to the general public. Approximately 60 minutes later, her husband was arrested on charges of DUI and manslaughter. The man has subsequently been denied a bond in this case.

The accident occurred along the North Federal Highway. The 48-year-old driver who allegedly caused the accident has been accused of running into a man riding a motor scooter and then hitting another vehicle. The police report indicated that the man on the scooter was dragged more than 100 feet after the impact. The victim died at the scene.

Reckless driving charge and suspended license for Dane Eagle

Although the risk of jail time is much more serious, the fact of the matter is that jail time is not the only risk one faces when arrested and charged with DUI. In fact, hefty fines and a suspended license are two other consequences that a person may face. Even if a conviction is not made for DUI, one may still have his or her license suspended in certain circumstances.

As most Florida residents are aware, Florida State Representative Dane Eagle was arrested in April 2014 for drinking and driving. He apparently refused to take a Breathalyzer test when he was initially arrested. Throughout the entire time, he contended that he was not guilty of DUI.

Florida man enters guilty plea for DUI manslaughter charge

When a person is arrested and charged with DUI in Florida, they are at risk of serious long-term consequences. There is the potential for hefty fines and even losing future employment opportunities if one is convicted of the DUI charge. Some prefer to enter a guilty plea rather than going to trial and letting a jury and judge decide their guilt or innocence. When this occurs, an accused may get a lighter sentencing, but will definitely be facing having a conviction on their permanent record.

A 35-year-old man is facing as many as 15 years behind bars in prison after a guilty plea for vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. The DUI charge came after he allegedly caused a crash in Dec. 2011. This car accident killed his 33-year-old passenger. The collision occurred when his vehicle crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer in front of his vehicle. The tractor-trailer was starting to slow down because of a train approaching.

Florida to increase water patrols for DUI

Law enforcement officials are planning to spend more time patrolling Florida waters this summer. The primary reason for this is because about 15 percent of all deaths involving boats that occur on the water are said to be attributed to alcohol consumption. Boating under the influence, or BUI, is similar to DUI charges brought against the driver of a motor vehicle.

Most Florida residents are well aware of the fact that the legal limit when it comes to blood alcohol content levels while driving in Florida is .08. The same standard is used on the water. For most people, this equates to about two to three alcoholic beverages.

Woman facing DUI manslaughter charge after gear mishap in SUV

When a person in Florida is arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, it is crucial for them to take the time to consider their options. While a conviction for drinking and driving can result in the suspension of their driver's license, hefty fines and even months in a rehab center, a DUI manslaughter conviction could land a person behind bars. Luckily, with the right knowledge, one may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that will result in a reduced sentence and charge. This is something one young woman may want to keep in mind.

A 19-year-old woman from another state has been charged with DUI manslaughter here in Florida. Reportedly, she ran over her 22-year-old boyfriend. She claims that it was not intentional and was an accident. The incident happen on Nov. 9, 2013 when the couple was arguing.

Field sobriety tests and breath tests aren't always accurate

When an officer of the law pulls a person over on the road in Florida and suspects that the driver is under the influence, it isn't uncommon for the officer to conduct certain tests to determine if there is any impairment. These tests are known as field sobriety tests. They consist of a variety of exercises that an intoxicated driver would find difficult to complete.

The problem with these tests is that, sometimes, even a 100 percent sober person couldn't pass them. For example, someone who has balancing issues would find it difficult to pass the one-leg stand. Some may even find it difficult to walk in a straight line with one foot directly in front of the other.

Bieber to pay fine, attend anger management classes in DUI case

Many of our Florida readers likely remember hearing about a young pop star, Justin Bieber, getting arrested back in January. He was allegedly street racing. Authorities also suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol, which led to the singer being charged with DUI.

In addition to DUI, he was charged with driving without a license that was valid and resisting an arrest. He recently pleaded not guilty to all three of those charges. Now, however, it appears that he will be pleading guilty to several charges, including reckless driving.

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