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Despite circumstances, a driver may defend against DUI charges

Some Florida residents may wonder whether it is worth challenging certain charges based on the circumstances surrounding an arrest. This may be especially true when it comes to DUI charges. However, no one should simply accept the penalties that go along with the charges without first exploring all of the options and gaining an understanding of his or her rights.

For example, a woman was recently arrested for DUI and other charges. A deputy in one of Florida's counties reported that as he drove, a pickup truck moved into his lane. In order to avoid a crash, he was forced off the roadway. He reports that the driver of the truck made no effort to avoid the crash.

After pulling over the vehicle, he claims he smelled alcohol on the driver. He gave the woman field sobriety tests, which he says she failed. At that point, she was placed under arrest for DUI and for endangering the children in the vehicle. Reports indicate that her blood alcohol content was high, at almost twice Florida's legal limit, which is .08. It may seem as though challenging the charges in this case would be futile, but that may not be the case.

No matter what the circumstances surrounding DUI charges, the individual arrested reserves the right to contest the charges and present a defense. Even if it seems as though the evidence is overwhelming, it would still be a good idea to review the situation and explore all available options. Just because it may seem like "a lost cause" does not mean that an individual should give up. Doing so could prevent him or her from finding the best possible resolution to the charges that has the least possible impact on that person's life.

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