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New York Yankees prospect Mason Williams, who is currently playing Single-A ball for the Tampa Yankees, was arrested on April 25, 2013 and charged with driving under the influence in Tampa.

The 21-year-old was stopped at 2:45 a.m. after police observed his Range Rover “weaving in the lane” in a 40 mph zone.

Williams was arrested at the intersection of North Dale Mabry and North B Street during a DUI traffic stop where Tampa police claim he displayed “clues of impairment.”

He was taken to the Orient Road jail where he submitted to a breath test. His breath alcohol level was recorded at .062 and a .067.

1395007_baseball_in_grass.jpgIt is unknown at this time what action the Yankees organization may take against him.

Florida is known for treating DUI offenders rather harshly. Whether you were arrested during a sobriety checkpoint, a routine traffic stop or at the scene of an accident, the penalties of a DUI conviction are no joke. Being arrested for DUI in Florida could mean jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. A conviction for a Florida DUI could result in administrative penalties such as your driver’s license being suspended or revoked, and if that is not enough, your insurance premiums could skyrocket, or your insurance provider could drop you altogether. Not to mention the fact that a conviction will stay on your Florida driving record for 75 years.

There were 33,625 DUI convictions in Florida in 2011, according to Florida DMV records. In 2010, Hillsborough County had the highest number of DUI convictions with a staggering 3,256. While being arrested for DUI does not mean that you will be convicted of the offense, you must act fast to secure a powerful defense against the charges against you. There are many strategies that can be applied to your case to help you beat the charges or minimize the consequences of a conviction. The first thing you should do following an arrest for DUI in Florida is to contact a Tampa DUI Lawyer at Whittel & Melton.

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An American Eagle pilot preparing for takeoff was arrested earlier this month for DUI after he allegedly failed a blood-alcohol test at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

An airport spokesman claims witnesses alerted airport police that the pilot smelled like alcohol before he boarded the plane.

According to reports, the captain was performing preflight checks on the American Eagle flight to New York when someone apparently noticed the smell of alcohol on the pilot’s breath.

Passengers had not yet boarded the plane.

After allegedly failing a Breathalyzer test, the captain was removed from the plane.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital for blood alcohol tests and then transported to Hennepin County Jail.

He was later released on his own recognizance.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

According to American Airlines, the owner of American Eagle, the pilot has been suspended pending an investigation.

850916_to_fly.jpgUnlike motor vehicle collisions, airplane crashes almost always result in fatalities. Because of this, pilots are held at higher standards than motorists, especially when it comes to operating a plane, or attempting to operate a plane, under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A pilot DUI can affect your pilot’s license, so if you are a licensed pilot and are arrested for a DUI in Florida, you must act fast and retain the help of a Florida DUI Attorney at Whittel & Melton to make sure that your rights as a motorist and as a pilot are protected.

The Federal Aviation Administration controls the activities of pilots and regulates licensing. The FAA has the ability to revoke, suspend, or cancel your pilot’s license for a “motor vehicle action,” which includes a DUI conviction or even administrative action that results in your driver’s license being suspended or revoked.

FAA regulations dictate that a pilot may not fly an aircraft within 8 hours after consuming alcohol. The FAA forbids pilots from flying an aircraft, attempting to fly a plane or from becoming a crew member if their blood alcohol is greater than 0.04 percent, despite whether 8 hours has passed. By violating this rule, your pilot’s license can be suspended or revoked.

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