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Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. For many people, that means an extra day off work, backyard and beach barbecues, visiting with friends and family and the unofficial end of summer. However, with the good comes the bad and unfortunately, Labor Day means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.

Beginning August 15 and continuing through September 1, local law enforcement and the Florida HIghway Patrol will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to put an end to impaired driving and save lives.

13002617474_07a9010503_mPolice will be patrolling streets and highways looking for impaired drivers throughout the the state. Residents should expect to see an increase in police as well as DUI checkpoints.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Most Americans love to celebrate this day by hanging out with friends and family which usually means cookouts, pool parties, festivals, parades and fireworks.

In gearing up for the Fourth, it is important to remember the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This campaign is designed to inform drivers that if they get behind the wheel of a car at or over the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content, they will be arrested and charged with DUI.

Florida drivers can expect to see lots of police cars out patrolling this holiday weekend. That means more roadside checkpoints and more drivers getting pulled over for speeding and other infractions. The period just before the Fourth and immediately after, from July 3 to July 6, usually means Florida law enforcement will be out in full force patrolling cities looking to stop those suspected of DUI.

The Fourth of July holiday is a dangerous time to be on the road, and not just in the state of Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, 179 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents between 6 p.m. on July 3rd and 5:59 a.m. on July 5th. Of these accidents, 44 percent were found to be alcohol-related and 28 percent involved a driver that had a blood alcohol content of .15, which is almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states.

IFThis holiday weekend, the Florida DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to play it smart. Exercise caution and safety and do not drink and drive. While a DUI charge is serious, what is even more serious is that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol places everyone on the roadway at risk for injury or death.

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From cookouts and family get-togethers to concerts and parades, Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembrance and celebration. Like any holiday, law enforcement will be out in full force this weekend looking for intoxicated drivers, so partygoers should exercise extra caution to avoid criminal charges.

memorial dayGiven the extent of potential consequences, it is in everyone’s best interest to try and avoid a DUI charge during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. The following tips can help you prevent an unnecessary DUI charge:

  1. Use Alternate Transportation. Alternate modes of transportation, such as taxis, buses or even car services like Lyft and Uber can prevent you from driving under the influence and help you have an enjoyable holiday weekend.
  2. Try to Stay Within Walking Distance of Your Destination. Travel risks are increased during holiday seasons whether you have been drinking or not. When venturing away from the home, try and stay within walking distance so that you are not tempted to get behind the wheel after consuming a few alcoholic beverages.
  3. Never Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. Many people fail to realize that DUI laws do not just apply to those who have been drinking alcohol. Any substance that can lead to intoxication, including marijuana and prescription pills, can result in a DUI charge if you decide to drive.

The above safety tips can help you and those closest to you stay safe this holiday weekend. However, if you are stopped for a DUI it is important to know how to react. It can be frightening to be stopped by law enforcement, but being prepared can help you get through this experience unscathed. Understand that during busy holidays, like Memorial Day, police usually set up checkpoints throughout the state and will be stopping drivers. If you get stopped this weekend, remember the following tips:

Stay Calm. Anytime you are pulled over you should remain calm. While you may be anxious or scared, staying cool and collected is the best way to handle the situation.

Know Your Rights. Reviewing and understanding your rights is crucial in order to protect yourself. If you know nothing else, remember that you have the right to speak with an attorney before answering any questions.

Contact a Florida DUI Defense Lawyer. A Florida DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can assist with your defense following an arrest for DUI. We can also make sure your rights remain protected throughout the entire legal process.

Retaining an attorney is just the first step towards resolving your DUI case. At Whittel & Melton, we can review all the evidence against you and scrutinize every detail of your case in order to map out the best course of action. Every DUI charge involves different factors with time-sensitive requirements that must be met, so do not delay.

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The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, dubbed the name “Black Wednesday,” is one of the busiest nights of the year for police departments making DUI arrests. People travelling to see old friends in combination with the long weekend often results in many impaired drivers on the roadways. Law enforcement is certainly aware of this which is why starting the Wednesday before, and lasting through Thanksgiving weekend, police will be increasing their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers on the roads. Police will be using sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation zones to keep all impaired motorists off the roads.

Understand that while it is important to drive responsibly at all times, it is not illegal to consume alcohol and drive. As long as you are not intoxicated, or your blood alcohol content is not at the legal limit of .08 or above, it is legal to operate a vehicle. Many law enforcement ads during the holidays convey that it is illegal to get behind the wheel of a car if you have had anything to drink. However, this is not true – the legal limit is still 0.08 percent.

drinking betch.jpgLaw enforcement officers are extremely aggressive when it comes to DUI arrests during the holidays, regardless of the legal limit. Anyone suspected of being even close to the legal limit could be arrested for DUI. Unfortunately, many of these arrests are borderline cases, and you could be slapped with a DUI charge even if you were not intoxicated. If you are arrested over the course of this Thanksgiving holiday for a drunken driving offense, you must act fast and enlist the help of a DUI defense lawyer who can examine the facts of your case and help you beat these charges.

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A drunk-driving accident, collision, or hit-and-run can lead to a considerably greater penalty in a DUI case. Aside from the probable DMV consequences in these types of cases, it is specifically imperative to consult with an experienced Florida DUI Defense Attorney right away.

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that a 41-year-old Jacksonville, Florida man was arrested Friday shortly before 9 p.m. for drunk driving and a hit-and-run accident while accompanied by his two young daughters and young son, aged 5, 6 and 9.

Police allegedly stopped the man after noticing his Toyota driving erratically. Officers at the scene supposedly noted the man had slurred speech and a strong presence of alcohol.

During the stop, dispatchers allegedly matched the Toyota the man was driving to a hit-and-run accident where another vehicle was rear-ended.

Police apparently found the man’s three children in the passenger side and rear seat after looking inside the man’s vehicle. The children were released to their mother.

The alleged victim of the hit-and-run was brought to the scene and supposedly confirmed the man’s car as the one that hit her and then fled.

According to a police report, the man supposedly told police he had consumed three beers and codeine. During the investigation, he allegedly fell asleep in the patrol car.

The man was charged with DUI while accompanied by a minor, DUI causing damage, leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving.

Numerous hit-and-run accidents involve people who have consumed alcohol or drugs.
Sometimes a driver, who may or may not be legally drunk, may leave the scene of an accident because they are scared of being charged by police for DUI. On the other hand, a driver who has been drinking may not even realize he or she hit another car. A vital role in the defense of a DUI hit-and-run accident involves the question of intent. Did the driver of the car that hit another vehicle actually realize he or she had been in a collision and consciously and deliberately leave the accident scene? The charges against you may be reduced if it can be shown that you did not intentionally leave the scene of an accident because you were afraid of being charged with DUI. The Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can further investigate your case and prepare a defense to combat allegations of DUI and hit and run.

The consequences for a conviction of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident varies depending on who or what was involved and if any serious injuries occurred. A conviction for hit and run can result in jail, fines, and the loss of your license. When you face criminal charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in Florida, you should consult with the Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible.

Our Office assists individuals arrested for DUI throughout the State of Florida including Jacksonville, Bartow, Brooksville, Boca Raton, Bronson, Bushnell, Clearwater, Dade City, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Inverness, The Keys, Miami, Naples, New Port Richey, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee and Tavares as well as everywhere in between.

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