6) DUI To Blow or Not to Blow? ~ Michael A Haber Miami Criminal Defense DUI Lawyer

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Almost all DUI cases stem from some sort of innocuous non-criminal, run-of-the-mill and otherwise routine traffic stop, during the course of which the officer will allege that s/he developed reasonable suspicion to further detain you and to conduct a DUI investigation (and this almost 100% of the time stems from the officer “detecting an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s person”). So, if you’ve been drinking, and if you even remotely smell of booze, then expect to be in some roadside trouble.

After smelling alcohol on a driver, in most circumstances, the officer will offer the driver FST’s (field sobriety tests – or roadside examinations), which are composed of a series of abnormal tests which are allegedly designed to test one’s normal faculties. Once you “fail to perform to standards” (which almost everyone does most all the time) then you will be “offered” a breath test.

This is sometimes done roadside but more often than not it is accomplished back at the police station. In Florida before you blow (or choose to refuse) you will first be read a document called “Implied Consent”. In a nutshell the Implied Consent Law advises you of the consequences of your decision to provide a breath sample or not. If you do, and if you blow over the legal limit (.02 for minors and .08 for adults) then you will be arrested and your license will be suspended (six (6) months for a 1st and a year for a second); if you refuse then you will be arrested and your license will be suspended (a year for a first refusal and eighteen (18) months for a second, plus, a second “subsequent” refusal – meaning if you refused once previously in a separate incident and then again – constitutes it’s own independent crime which, in Florida, is punishable by up to 364 days in jail, again independent of and even if you manage to beat, the underlying DUI).

So? To blow or not to blow? That truly is the question. Sadly, there is no standard answer. There are pros and cons on both sides of the breathalyzer equation. If you blow over you’re arrested and suspended, and if you refuse then you are also going to be arrested and suspended. The most significant differences are a) if you blow then there is a quantifiable BAC (breath alcohol content) which will likely be admitted into evidence against you, b) if you refuse to blow while there will be no quantifiable BAC level the State will be permitted to argue “consciousness of guilt”, i.e. that the reason that you refused to blow was because you knew that if you had then you would have blown over the legal limit) c) the driver license suspension periods are longer for refusal and d) if you have refused previously then the second subsequent refusal law may bite you in the butt. But, not matter how much we “logic” it out here and now the decision will ultimately be yours to make, in the heat of the moment and under the worst possible conditions.

When it comes to the subject of DUI’s the best advise that you are ever going to get is this: “Be smart, get a “DD” not a DUI”!

At Michael A. Haber, PA “it’s all about reasonable doubt”!

Please note that no attorney-client relationship with either Michael A. Haber, PA or Michael A. Haber, Esq. exists as a result of your watching this webisode series. Further any and all information which is both contained in and may be construed from this webisode series is generic in nature and should only be considered as informational and not as actual legal advise in any specific case. Should you wish to seek actual legal advise then please feel free to contact Michael A. Haber, Esq. as follows:

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