A 37-year-old Marion County resident faces charges of DUI, reckless driving and child neglect after allegedly driving drunk and nearly colliding into two police cruisers with a child in tow.
The Ocala woman was arrested in Gainesville Saturday morning around 5:30 a.m. after a police officer supposedly witnessed the woman driving without her headlights on and almost crashing into a patrol car in the median. According to the officer’s report, the woman almost crashed into another police unit head-on before being pulled over.
The woman’s 9-year-old daughter was reportedly asleep in the back seat without a seat belt on.
According to the report, the woman allegedly believed she was in Ocala. Her blood alcohol content was recorded as .151.
Being accused of driving drunk in the state of Florida is a grave offense that needs to be attacked immediately following your citation for DUI. You could face serious consequences including jail time, points on your license, court costs, fines and DUI School. Increased penalties apply for a Florida DUI when a child is present in the vehicle; a situation like this could double your jail time and fines.
Following your citation for DUI, you can still drive legally for 10 days from when you were ticketed. After the 10 days are up, your license is administratively suspended. By contacting Whittel & Melton right away, we can request an administrative hearing within these 10 days to challenge whether there was probable cause to seize your license. In all DUI matters it is important to act fast and not wait to handle any matters associated with the charges.
Reckless driving is a lesser included offense for DUI. In many cases a skilled attorney can get your DUI reduced to reckless driving when the prosecutor’s case is weak or lacks the evidence needed to prove DUI. If you are found guilty of reckless driving, your license typically will not be suspended nor will you have a DUI on your record.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or reckless driving with a child present, contact the Florida DUI Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or reach us at our Gainesville office at 352-264-7800 or in Ocala at 352-369-5334 or call us toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).