Shaun King, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, was arrested Sunday morning. Hillsborough County jail records show he was accused of driving drunk.
King, 33, who resides in St. Petersburg, allegedly refused to take a breath test after being pulled over around 2 a.m. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, according to police reports.
He posted $500 bail and was released a bit after 10 a.m.
Refusing a breath, blood or urine test for alcohol content in Florida has positive and negative consequences. For instance, if you refuse a lawful breath test, the State Attorney will not have a breath test reading to use against you in trial. However, the DHSMV may suspend your driving privileges for the refusal. If your BAC is beyond .15 percent, the state of Florida can seek enhanced punishments.
For refusing a lawful breath test in Florida, your license could be suspended for 12 months if this is your first refusal to submit to a breath test. This license suspension has nothing to do with a criminal charge; it is an administrative suspension from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. After 90 days you can be issued a hardship license. Finally, a prosecutor can bring evidence of a “guilty mind or conscience” against you in court for refusing the lawful breath test by arguing to the jury that the reason you refused to provide the breath sample was because you knew what the results would be.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI in Tampa or elsewhere throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529) immediately to protect your driving privileges in Florida.