Category: DUI

Florida’s ‘Actual Physical Control’ Law

by Jonathan Blecher | July 28, 2017 | DUI

Most licensed drivers in Florida are well-aware of the fact that it’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, what many people do not realize is that they can actually be arrested, charged, and convicted of DUI even if they weren’t driving at all. A person can be convicted of “driving under the […]

Drunk Driving: Myths You Need to Know About

by Jonathan Blecher | July 20, 2017 | DUI

Drinking and driving is a serious subject matter that comes with severe consequences. While most states have a clearly set limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08, it can still be tricky to know if you’ve passed that limit, unless you own a personal breathalyzer. In Miami, if you have a BAC level between […]

What is the Driver License Compact?

by Jonathan Blecher | July 17, 2017 | DUI

Since Miami is a magnet for tourists and “snowbirds,” DUI attorneys see their fair share of out-of-towners who are arrested for DUI. If you were arrested for driving under the influence while visiting Miami, you’re probably wondering how a Florida DUI will affect your driving privileges in your home state. Will your home state find […]

Can You Turn Away From a Sobriety Checkpoint?

by Jonathan Blecher | July 14, 2017 | DUI

You’re driving home after having a few drinks with friends and you notice something that no driver ever enjoys seeing – a sobriety checkpoint. Is it worth the risk of going through the checkpoint when you know there is some alcohol in your system, considering many people are arrested at sobriety checkpoints despite low breath […]

What Penalties am I Facing for a 2nd DUI?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 30, 2017 | DUI

Getting arrested for driving under the influence can be a nerve-racking event. Now, getting arrested for your second DUI, that’s a whole different story. As a general rule of thumb, the sentencing and penalties for crimes get worse with each subsequent offense, and DUI is NO exception. If you’ve been convicted of DUI in Florida […]

What is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 28, 2017 | DUI

The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test is a field sobriety test used by law enforcement to determine whether or not a suspected driver is under the influence of alcohol. The test involves an officer asking a driver to follow some stimulus, usually a pen, with their eyes to the left and right. The officer will […]

Will a DUI Stop Me From Getting a Passport?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 26, 2017 | DUI

When people are arrested for DUI, they know that a conviction can easily mean upwards of $1,000 in fines, community service, imprisonment for up to 9 months, and up to a year license revocation – and that’s all just for a first offense. With Florida’s harsh DUI penalties, it’s not surprising why someone who wishes […]

Will I Go to Jail for a First Florida DUI?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 21, 2017 | DUI

Under Florida law, a first-time misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) conviction is punishable by up to 9 months in jail. In light of that information, does it mean that all DUI defendants are incarcerated upon a conviction? It depends on the facts of the case. When it comes to a first DUI offense, sentencing […]

Collateral Consequences of a Florida DUI

by Jonathan Blecher | June 14, 2017 | DUI

All criminal convictions, whether they’re for misdemeanors or felonies, lead to criminal penalties and sanctions that place a heavy burden upon the defendant, especially as he or she tries to re-enter society, and convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) are no exception. If you are facing DUI charges in Miami-Dade County, it’s important to understand that […]

Florida DUI Penalties

by Jonathan Blecher | May 23, 2017 | DUI

It’s no secret: Like Texas and Arizona, Florida is notorious for being tough on crime and DUI is NO exception. Now that you’re headed to court, you’re concerned about your job, your family, your auto insurance, and maybe even your FICO score. You may be worried about how a DUI would affect your ability to […]