The following is an edited post from Cynthia Veintemillas of 20 Miles Law, LLC. A Jacksonville, Florida based law firm. You may contact 20 Miles Law, LLC at 904.564.2525 for further legal needs.
In Jacksonville, Florida, there are numerous social and networking clubs who hold events where alcohol is served. Many of these social clubs include having drinks with friends. For example, there is the Thursday Night Drinking Club members who meet all over the city and beaches. They host events at the Jax Beach bars, such as the Pier, Billy’s Boat House, and the Wine Bar. They have met at bars in Atlantic Beach. This group has also hosted events at Suite, the St. Johns Town Center, and in restaurants in Riverside and San Marco.
Almost every bar in town host a nightly event with drink specials everyday during the week. Urban Flatts hosts ladies night and wine down Wednesdays. Mavericks hosts Thirsty Thursdays at the Landing. When you attend a sporting event, such as a Jaguar’s football game or a Jacksonville Sun’s baseball game, people will be consuming alcohol. The police know this and they wait along your path home like eagles circling above waiting for prey. They are expecting to catch people that are drinking and driving and their overall goal is righteous in the sense that they are trying to make the streets safe. If you are stopped leaving one of these events or bars, the police are already thinking that you are driving drunk and you should be prepared for the confrontation.
You do not have to be drunk to be arrested for DUI in Jacksonville. Instead, you can be arrested for driving under the influence if police believe that you were impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance. As a Jacksonville DUI lawyer, I know that Florida DUI arrests go up on holidays and around certain events. The 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, and the Florida-Georgia football game lead to many driving under the influence arrests in Jacksonville. Police expect that people are drinking and driving and they are looking to make an arrest. If attending an event or festival involving alcohol or you are going out on a holiday, always have a designated driver or take a taxicab. It is a lot cheaper than a Florida DUI charge and the following increases in insurance costs, court costs, required rehab, loss of license, and so much more.
If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Duval County, Nassau County, St. Johns County, or Clay County, talk to a lawyer immediately. Do not just plead guilty or no contest in first appearance court at your bond hearing. At a minimum, you will be facing a probation sentence that could result in violation of probation in the future. A Florida DUI charge cannot be sealed from your criminal record if you plead guilty or no contest. It results in a conviction or adjudication of guilt. A lawyer familiar with driving under the influence charges can help you fight your DUI case and make sure that your rights were not violated. Call a lawyer in Jacksonville at 20 Miles Law experienced with Florida DUI cases. Cynthia Veintemillas, a Jacksonville criminal attorney will fight for you: Call (904) 564-2525 or email: email@example.com