Posted On: June 30, 2011

Blow Before You Go – DUI Devices

Continuing from my previous blog drunk driving in South Florida, this part covers the installation of in car Breathalyzers or Ignition Interlock Devices. Drunk drivers are on the road daily and as the article on the MADD website states that some of these drivers have prior convictions which makes them habitual offenders. Many persons convicted of driving under the influence are sentenced to follow strict conditions of their sentence. Such as, breathalyzers and /or ignition interlock devices.

What is an in car Breathalyzer or Ignition Interlock Device - it’s about the size of a cell phone and it’s installed into the car’s dashboard. How does it work - the driver must breathe into it and if your Breath Alcohol Content (BAC) is over the state required level the car will NOT start, the driver’s breath must be alcohol free for the car to start. Alcohol content level varies from state to state see Florida Statue for more information.

Having this device installed is often a condition of having your driver’s license reinstated as a result of your DUI conviction, and should you be ordered by the court to have this device installed you will be responsible for the fees of renting and installation. I have also read that it is impossible to “outsmart” the interlocking device, as some devices require the driver make a humming sound while he/she blows into the tube; there is also random tests that the driver will have to take once the vehicle is in motion and that was designed to ensure that it was not the sober friend of the driver that took the initial test allowing the car to start. Should the driver not take the retest the cars lights will flash and the horn will go off until the driver performs the test. Also, should you try to tamper with device it will automatically lock the ignition and it will be recorded in the device’s database, then it will be downloaded by the supplier and turned over to the court. This device is already being used in some states.

As an Attorney practicing in Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Hollywood and Davie every year we come across cases where someone is accused of driving under the influence. Should you or a loved one be charged or accused of driving under the influence, contact your criminal law attorney to know your rights.

Posted On: June 27, 2011

Driving Drunk In South Florida

When you say Fort Lauderdale, South Beach or The Florida Keys, you think sun-sea-sand and obviously partying all night until the next morning. As an Attorney practicing in South Florida I come across numerous cases where clients are being accused of driving under the influence. Driving under the influence as we all know can cause serious harm to yourself and anyone else on the road.

I recently visited MADD’s website while, I was researching Drunk Driving for my blogs and found lots of information pertaining to the new campaign, which I will be covering in my upcoming blogs. Statistics don’t lie and Florida in 2009 had 2,558 road fatalities due to drunk drivers we were rated 3 in the United States with California at the top with 3,081. As stated on their website, they are using visibility on the roads by local law enforcement to catch drunk drivers and with this high visibility it will also discourage from getting behind the wheel drunk; another step that they are taking is using Ignition Interlocking Devices or breathalyzers installed the car which I will cover in my following blog, and lastly using today’s technology by using the car industry to assist in protecting the driver by failing to operate if the driver if found to be impaired.

Even if people see commercials and hear ads for drinking responsibly, many people do not know when to call it quits or when they are not well enough to drive. Everyone should practice safe driving and for your safety and the safety of others, do not drive drunk.

Should you be charged with driving under the influence contact a South Florida criminal attorney to seek legal counsel so that your rights are protected and defended! Contact me know for a free consultation.