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Separating Fact and Fiction about DUI Stops in Florida

Trusted attorneys keep you informed about your rights

The Jacksonville drunk driving attorneys at Shafer Law, P.A. are fluent in Florida law surrounding DUI offenses and can satisfactorily represent you. Whether you are guilty of a DUI or not, law enforcement officers do not have carte blanche when it comes to what they are allowed to do when they stop you. You have certain rights and we will zealously fight to protect them.

What are law enforcement officers allowed to do?

If you are stopped for a DUI, law enforcement officers are legally allowed to carry out the following actions:

  • Search your vehicle if there is suspicion of illegal activity
  • Search your vehicle if the officer suspects his or her safety is in jeopardy
  • Conduct a search of any occupants of your vehicle if there is suspicion of criminal activity or illegal paraphernalia
  • Ask you questions surrounding possible alcohol or drug consumption, as long as you are not in formal custody
  • Administer a sobriety test

You have the option to refuse to take a sobriety test; however, keep in mind all states maintain implied consent laws under which you are obligated to submit to a chemical test if an officer believes you are under the influence. If you do refuse, the penalties are sometimes more severe than if you fail a sobriety test. Refusing will result in a drivers license suspension even if you beat the DUI charge. Additionally, your refusal will be utilized to increase the penalties you face if you are convicted of a DUI.

Schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns about your DUI stop

The Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys at Shafer Law, P.A. will gladly explain the Florida laws governing DUI and your rights. To schedule your initial free consultation, call us at 888-821-5915 or complete our quick contact web form. We welcome the opportunity to share our vast knowledge of DUI laws and educate you regarding the specifics of your DUI case. We accept cases from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs and Ponte Vedra.