As a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney, I have seen cases of police misconduct and helped my clients battle back. One of the problems with police misconduct is it often goes unreported; people simply feel it will be their word, potentially the word of someone with a police record, against the word of a “trusted” law enforcement officer.
Those who are arrested for driving under the influence in Florida are facing many challenges. Not only are you facing the potential of losing your driver's license but you are also facing steep fines, probation and potential jail time.
If you are stopped for a suspected DUI in Florida, the police may try to tell you that you must submit to a blood test or risk losing your driver's license. While Florida's implied consent laws mean that if you refuse a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test, you risk the loss of your license, you do not have to submit to a blood test.
One of the worst feelings most of us will ever experience occurs when we see blue lights flashing behind us on the roadways. While it is common to panic, one of the most important things you can do is to keep calm.
If the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has sent you a letter explaining that your driver’s license is being suspended due to being a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), the first thing you may feel are thoughts of panic.