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I Got a DUI While Visiting Florida. What Do I Do?

Many people flock to Florida for summer vacations. It’s the perfect vacation destination for most age groups. Many vacationers tend to indulge in alcohol while relaxing. So, what happens if you are arrested for drunk driving while visiting Florida?

DUI Laws in Florida

It’s important to know Florida guidelines for DUI arrests.

In the state, you may face DUI charges if:

  • You are found to have a BAC of 0.08% while operating a vehicle
  • You are found to be under the influence of a controlled substance while operating a vehicle
  • You are found to be impaired to any degree that affects your ability to safely operate a vehicle

It’s also important to note that you can get a DUI in vehicles other than cars. This includes electric scooters, boats, motorcycles, and more.

Where Will The Case Be Handled?

The DUI case will be prosecuted in the state where you were arrested. Therefore, you should work with a defense attorney in that state as they will be familiar with the local laws. Additionally, they may be able to represent you in court so you do not have to make the return trip to the state.

Will My DUI Only Be On Record in Florida?

No. Your home state will most likely be notified of your DUI arrest. This is because Florida and most other states share driver violation records through the Driver’s License Compact. The compact’s motto is “One Driver, One License, One Record.” This means that any traffic offenses or driving crimes committed in one state will be shared with and penalized in the driver’s home state as well. If the driver’s license is suspended in Florida, it will also be suspended in their home state, and so on.

DUI Defense in Miami

The first thing you need to do after a DUI arrest out-of-state is contact a defense attorney local to that area. If your vacation to Florida involved a DUI arrest, our team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help you handle your out-of-state charge. We will do everything possible to prevent you needing to travel back to Florida, and will fight for you to get the best possible outcome. Get started today.