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Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

A Wellington woman is accused of a hit and run DUI accident that occurred on January 17, 2014. According to Palm Beach County Sherriff’s arrest report, Jennifer Sorgie, who was driving a black Dodge SUV with almost double the legal BAC limit, plowed down a person and kept driving. Authorities found the accused woman in a parking lot, sitting in a driver’s seat with the engine still running, with extensive front end damage and a blown front driver’s side tire. Lake Worth deputies later connected Dodge SUV to a pedestrian hit and run crash with serious injuries.  When questioned, Jennifer Sorgie reported the amount of alcohol she drank and said that she remembers hitting a vehicle but not a person. She was not able to explain why she left the… […]

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First Time DUI Offenders Decline New Monitoring Program In Palm Beach County

First Time DUI Offenders Decline New Monitoring Program In Palm Beach County

First time DUI offenders are able to minimize the damage, avoid a criminal conviction, steep court fines, possible jail time and other headaches associated with DUI arrest. How? Prosecutors in Palm Beach County are promoting a new monitoring program where first-time DUI offenders agree to expensive alcohol monitoring devices for three to six months, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge instead of a DUI, paying lower than usual fines, and completing one year of probation. How effective is the programs? Not very. A majority of the first-time DUI offenders declined to participate. According to Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis, just 425 people have signed up since the initiative began June 1. For most of 2013, the office handled about 2,500 DUI cases For source and complete details, please… […]

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DUI Checkpoints During Holiday Season

DUI Checkpoints During Holiday Season

With Christmas and News Year’s Eve upon us, people are in a celebratory mode, with festive activities and parties scheduled all around. It is important to have a designated driver appointed before each party to have a safe night once the party is over. Driving while either intoxicated or drunk is dangerous and drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at greatly increased risk of car accidents, highway injuries and vehicular deaths. This Friday, Dec 27th, Broward’s Sheriff office will stage a DUI checkpoint in Delray Beach. Drivers will be screened at 380 S. Federal Highway, from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday. Sobriety checkpoints (DUI checkpoints) are locations where law enforcement officers are stationed to check drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment. DUI checkpoints… […]

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Vehicular Homicide with DUI and Strict Liability

Vehicular Homicide with DUI and Strict Liability

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing or contributing to the death to another is a strict liability crime in the State of Florida. The strict liability portion of a DUI charge means that even if the driver of the vehicle is not at fault for the act that causes or contributes to the death of another, if she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impairs her normal faculties, she is criminal responsible for the death of the other if she was in control of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Examples of this strict liability crime will really make people wonder if it is fair. In one criminal matter a driver of a vehicle was stopped at a red turn signal.… […]

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West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

Karmela Roy was already in Palm Beach County jail on charges related to a car crash when she had to appear in court today to face charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicle homicide in a November 7th crash that killed Thomas Conroy. Judge James Martz denied bond for Karmela Roy today as per Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco’s request, due to her scheduled appearance in court this Thursday, December 5, 2013. Full story, source If an individual consumes alcohol or drugs, and then operates a motor vehicle, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). In situations when that same individual is involved in a car crash that results in the death of another, the impaired driver may be charged with DUI manslaughter.… […]

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DUI Consequences in Florida

DUI Consequences in Florida

If you drink alcohol and drive you dramatically increase your chance of being in a crash. In addition, if you are pulled over and the officer asks you to take a blood, urine or breath test you are required to comply. Florida has the “Implied Consent Law”. Implied consent is consent which is not expressly granted by a person, but rather inferred from a person’s actions and the facts. The term is most commonly encountered in the context of US drunk driving laws. When you sign your drivers license you have agreed to take these tests upon request. Refusal to take any of the tests will result in an immediate suspension for one year. A second refusal will result in an 18 month suspension. In the state of Florida, a… […]

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How To Defend Your DUI Charge

How To Defend Your DUI Charge

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is dangerous and that is why drunk driving laws are passed in each state to make it illegal for a person to drive if he/she has consumed enough alcohol to be impaired. The level of intoxication at which it is illegal to drive may vary according to region and country. Penalties for this crime also vary among jurisdictions. Remember it is not illegally to drink alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. It is unlawful to drive a car while your normal faculties are impaired or you have an amount of alcohol or illegal drugs in your blood, breath or urine above the legal limits.  What are your normal faculties: you ability to walk, talk, hear, judge distances, act in emergencies and carry on… […]

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Florida DUI Quick Guide

Florida DUI Quick Guide

Despite efforts by countless awareness programs, drunk driving remains a prominent issue in the state of Florida. Though progress has been made since the rampant DUI problem of the 1980s and early 1990s, Florida still has a massive amount of drunk drivers addressed by the court system every year, with 55,722 DUI tickets and 33,625 DUI convictions occurring in 2011. In 2010, Palm Beach County alone saw over 1500 drunk driving convictions. Drunk Driving Laws When you drive an automobile after consuming an alcohol your ability to drive is impaired. Other names and abbreviations are used for drunk driving, common names are: “Driving While Impaired” (DWI) “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI “Operating a motor vehicle while Under the Influence of intoxicating Liquor” (OUIL). DUI charges are most often pressed against… […]

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Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Authorities have arrested a woman who they say was driving impaired and nearly hit another vehicle while in a student pickup line at a Miramar elementary school. According to a police report, an officer stopped Lisset Llauro, 39, of Pembroke Pines, in her 2010 Mercedes-Benz shortly before 2:40 p.m. Monday after observing her run over plastic lane markers in the pickup line outside Silver Lakes Elementary School at 2300 SW 173rd Ave. When the officer approached Llauro, she seemed slightly disoriented, had slurred speech and told police she didn’t know why she had driven over the lane markers, authorities said. Source, full story. Florida Drunk Driving Definition Drunk driving, known as driving under the influence or DUI in Florida, is governed by Fla. Stat. § 316.193. This statute defines the… […]

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Florida DUI and Hardship License

Florida DUI and Hardship License

DUI is an offense under Florida law. The offense is proved by impairment of “normal faculties” or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The following information applies to those with their first conviction. Fines: If this is your first conviction, your fine will be between $500-$2,000. If your blood alcohol level is .15 or higher, or you have a minor in the vehicle, the fine will be between $2,000-$4,000. Community Service: If this is your first conviction, you will need to serve a mandatory 50 hrs of community service or an additional fine of $10 for each hour of required community service. Probation: For first convictions, the total period of probation and incarceration will not be greater than 1 year. Imprisonment: Imprisonment is at the… […]

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