A 35-year-old Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) officer faces troubles of his own with the law after he was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically while under the influence of alcohol. He has been charged with DUI.
According to Ocala Police, an Ocala police officer started following the DJJ officer, who was driving a black sports car on State Road 200, after he had received a call from the dispatcher to be on the lookout for an impaired driver. The Ocala police officer reported that the suspect didn’t properly stop at the intersection of US 441 and Southwest 10th Avenue. After the light turned green, the arresting officer claimed that the driver moved off very slowly and began driving erratically.
The police report states that the car was stopped a short time later and that the suspect had “a very strong odor” of alcohol on his breath and an open can of beer in the center console cup holder of the vehicle.
The driver submitted voluntarily to a field sobriety test and failed. The suspect allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of between .242 and .246. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) impairment limit is .08 in Florida.
The DUI defense attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville believe that everybody, no matter what offense they are accused of, deserves top legal representation. Like many other states across the country, penalties for those convicted of DUI offenses can be severe in Florida.
A first DUI conviction can lead to jail time, fines, and driver’s license revocation of up to one year. If the blood alcohol content (BAC) is above 0.15, a suspect is looking at even harsher penalties and fines.
Those convicted of a second DUI offense within a specified time can be looking at fines of $1000 to $4000; 9-12 months of jail time; and a driver’s license revocation of up to five years if the offense was committed within five years of the first offense.
Those fines, restrictions and penalties don’t even take into account the chaos that your life can be thrown into if you are convicted of DUI. You could be looking at job loss and a permanent criminal offense mark on your record.
If you have been accused of DUI, contact Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555. Our dedicated team of DUI defense attorneys will work ceaselessly to see that you get the best outcome in your case.