Category: DUI

Can I Do Back on Track if a Child Was in the Car?

by Jonathan Blecher | July 25, 2019 | DUI

Like most states, the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) are enhanced when the impaired or intoxicated driver had a child in the vehicle at the time of the impaired driving, and Florida is no exception. There are many ways that parents and caregivers are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with children […]

First DUI in Florida: What Are the Penalties?

by Jonathan Blecher | July 3, 2019 | DUI

Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami or anywhere else in Florida? If so, I’m about to give you a crash course on Florida’s DUI laws, specifically as they pertain to a first DUI offense. Under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, it’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, certain chemical substances, and controlled […]

How Do I Avoid the Stigma of a Florida DUI?

by Jonathan Blecher | May 8, 2019 | DUI

Some people view the offense of driving under the influence (DUI) as no big deal. While it is an offense that is commonly committed by normal people, not necessarily hardened criminals, I assure you the stigma of a DUI conviction can last a lifetime and hinder a DUI offender practically everywhere they turn. If you are facing […]

Can I Get a DUI While Sleeping in a Car in Florida?

by Jonathan Blecher | May 1, 2019 | DUI

Let’s say you heard a friend say, “I was arrested for DUI the other night while I was parked in a parking lot and sleeping off the alcohol that I drank earlier in the evening.” When you heard the story, you were shocked and then you responded with, “But how could you get a DUI […]

Are IIDs Required After a Florida DUI?

by Jonathan Blecher | April 2, 2019 | DUI

“What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?” It’s a small breathalyzer device that’s installed into someone’s vehicle. IIDs are available in different shapes and sizes, but they’re about the size of a cellphone or a television remote control. In order for the vehicle to start, the driver has to blow an alcohol-free breath sample. If […]

What Should I Avoid Saying During a DUI Stop?

by Jonathan Blecher | March 14, 2019 | DUI

By their nature, traffic stops, especially DUI stops are highly-stressful events that tend to cause a racing heart, faster breathing, nervousness, and perhaps no inner monologue. Because people are anxious during DUI stops, they have a habit of saying things they shouldn’t. Here’s a list of what NOT to say during a DUI stop. 1. […]

DUI: What if I Don’t Take a Breath Test?

by Jonathan Blecher | March 7, 2019 | DUI

When someone is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), usually the officer will ask the driver to take field sobriety exercises (FSEs), then when the driver fails the tests, the officer will ask the driver to take a roadside breath test. It’s critical that all Florida drivers know that they are not legally […]

Can a DUI Affect Child Custody?

by Jonathan Blecher | February 11, 2019 | DUI

Child custody cases are common during and after a divorce, but they can also arise in a paternity action or in situations where the mother and father were never married, but paternity has been legally established. If you are a mother or a father in Miami-Dade County or anywhere else in Florida and you are […]

Alcohol and Gastric Bypass Surgery

by Jonathan Blecher | January 31, 2019 | DUI

For a long time, the law enforcement community has known that certain factors, such as age, gender, food intake, medication, illness, the strength of drink and rate of consumption can all affect a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC). But gastric bypass surgery? Now that’s a new one to most people, but it deserves mention. In Bariatric […]

Can I Drive for Uber in Florida with a DUI?

by Jonathan Blecher | January 28, 2019 | DUI

You may have heard that anybody can drive for Uber, but that’s not entirely true. Uber still has some “minimum requirements” for potential drivers, such as having a valid U.S. driver license, having an eligible four-door vehicle, having at least one year of licensed driving experience if you’re 23 or older, and having proof of […]