As things stand right now in the state of Florida police officers in some jurisdictions can request a warrant to forcibly obtain the blood of a driver suspected of DUI. The ruling of an upcoming hearing could change that in the near future though.
This practice has been going on for the past seven years in parts of Florida, but Florida DUI attorneys argue that forcible blood draws are a violation of the legal rights of the accused. The decision in this case will directly affect several counties in Central Florida but will also likely have an impact in counties across the state.
The possible penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida are among the most severe in the country. First time Florida DUI offenders could face fines of up to $1000, up to nine months in prison and driver’s license revocation of 180 days depending upon the specific details of the arrest. Some Florida DUI drivers will also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles in order to get their driving privileges reinstated.
The possible penalties stemming from a Florida DUI conviction can not be taken lightly, especially when law enforcement officials may have obtained evidence in a manner that violated your rights. If you are facing Florida DUI charges you should reach out to an experienced Florida DUI attorney as soon as possible to begin preparing the best possible defense.