Florida Law Enforcement Increased DUI Checkpoints Over Memorial Day; Tallahassee Criminal Lawyer Examines Florida’s DUI Laws and Penalties from Arrests at Checkpoints

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Law enforcement officers throughout Florida elevated the use of DUI checkpoints over Memorial Day weekend and will likely utilize increased checkpoints over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend. Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. analyzes the use of DUI roadblocks and potential criminal ramifications for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Roadblocks conducted by law enforcement in Florida can lead to serious consequences for drivers charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, states Don Pumphrey, Jr., Tallahassee criminal defense attorney.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the Leon County DUI Strike Force, which is composed of several law enforcement agencies in Florida, conducted sobriety checkpoints over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and increased patrol units to check for drivers impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs.

“Not only do the officers at these checkpoints look for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, they also look for drivers who may be impaired by the use of drugs or marijuana, or for drivers who may have possession of drugs in their vehicles,” warns Don Pumphrey, Jr., Tallahassee drug defense attorney.

Comprehensive Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints (CRSCs) are administered by the Florida Highway Patrol, in addition to local law enforcement, to reduce the number of DUIs on Florida highways, deter intoxicated persons from driving, increase public awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and educate the public on highway safety.

An individual can be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida if his blood alcohol concentration registers at .08% or higher, or if he is impaired from the use of a controlled substance. Florida law states any person who drives a vehicle is considered to have given implied consent to submit to approved chemical testing of the blood, breath or urine for the purpose of detecting drugs or alcohol.

According to Tallahassee DUI lawyer Don Pumphrey, Jr., “Roadblocks conducted by law enforcement in Florida can lead to serious consequences for drivers charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A conviction can result in a jail or prison sentence, fines, community service, probation and suspension of a driver’s license.”

The Tallahassee Police Department, Florida State University Police Department and Florida A&M University Police Department, in conjunction with the Florida Highway Patrol, also checked for drivers violating miscellaneous traffic offenses.

Common traffic offenses include, but are not limited to, driving with a suspended license, driving without a seatbelt, or driving without sufficient insurance or a valid registration.

“Although some traffic offenses may not appear to be as serious as a conviction for drinking and driving, these violations can also lead to fines, points on the state’s driving point system, driver’s license suspensions, and even jail sentences,” claims Don Pumphrey, Jr.

Don Pumphrey, Jr. of the Law Offices of Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee and represents those accused of DUI, drug and traffic offenses throughout the greater panhandle region of Florida, including the areas of Leon County, Jefferson County, Wakulla County, Liberty County and Gadsden County.

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