Most Florida driver's never intend to get behind the wheel of the car when they are over the legal limit. In fact, the majority of individuals arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in South Florida have never been arrested before. Even if this is your first DUI, you may be facing jail, fines, probation, and the suspension of your Florida driver's license. Criminal defense attorney Michael Salazar of the Fort Lauderdale Salazar Law Firm understands just how apprehensive you are about your DUI arrest. Over his two-decade career, he has represented hundreds of men and women who have been charged with drunk driving in Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade Counties. He has a reputation as a tough and aggressive criminal defense lawyer, and he is ready to hear about your case.

DUI Investigations in the State of Florida

No two cases are identical, but all DUI arrests in Florida follow a similar pattern:

  • The Stop: Police officers need a reason to stop your vehicle. Justifications for stops can range from an officer noticing a driving pattern that indicates drunk driving, a stop in a DUI checkpoint, a stop pursuant to a car accident, or any other probable cause that police might develop to indicate that a crime has occurred.

  • Physical Indicators: The minute a law enforcement officer makes contact with you, he or she is looking for physical cues that will tell him or her whether or not you are drunk driving. These include odor of an alcoholic beverage, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, unsteady gate, fumbling with your wallet or purse, et cetera. If the police officer thinks that you appear drunk, they will move onto the next phase of the investigation.

  • Voluntary Roadside Exercises: By the time you are asked to participate in voluntary roadside exercises, the officer has usually already determined that he or she is going to arrest you. The exercises are video-recorded and admissible as evidence in a criminal proceeding. It is rarely in the driver's best interest to participate in roadside exercises. In Florida, voluntary roadsides exercise include the Walk and Turn, the Finger to Nose, and the One-Leg Stand.

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: The officer will likely have you look at a pen and follow it with your eyes. The eyes of individuals who have been drinking don't track as smoothly. Not being able to hold your gaze is an indication of intoxication.

  • Arrest: If the officer believes that you are intoxicated, he or she will arrest you at this point.

  • Implied Consent and Breathalyzer Test: When you apply for your FL driver's license, you sign an agreement stating that you will provide a breath (usually a Breathalyzer) test or urine test to the police upon demand. If you rescind your consent, your license will be suspended. However, if you provide a breath or urine test that indicates that your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08, your license will also be suspended. The results of your breath or urine test are admissible in court.

Private DUI Lawyer of Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach

Regardless of the amount of alcohol you may have had to drink, whether or not you participated in voluntary roadside exercise, or whether you gave a breath or urine sample, you are entitled to the best defense available. In South Florida, that starts with a call to DUI defense attorney Michael Salazar.

To schedule an appointment with one of Florida's most successful DUI lawyers, contact the Salazar Law Firm at (954) 278-8314.

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