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Don't let a DUI ruin your holiday or your future

If you are like millions of other people in the U.S., you have plans to travel by car this holiday weekend. Whether you are driving to the beach, a party, a friend's house or somewhere to camp out and barbecue, you are very likely going to run into some high traffic levels on your trip.

However, the congestion isn't necessarily the biggest threat to your holiday plans. If you get arrested for drunk driving in Florida, your weekend -- and much more -- could be destroyed. Before you head out on the road this Fourth of July, it can be crucial that keep a few things about DUIs in mind.

To begin with, even if you don't necessarily feel impaired, a roadside sobriety test could give a police officer enough evidence to arrest you, order further testing and put you in jail. However, it is crucial to remember that in these situations, an officer's subjective analysis of your condition can certainly be called into question.

Police procedure in stopping a vehicle can be challenged as well. There are strict rules that must be followed when police want to pull someone over. There must be probable cause or, in states where DUI checkpoints are in place, no evidence of discriminatory enforcement practices. If police violate procedure, the stop may not be legal and any information collected as a result of the stop, like intoxication tests and observations, can be dismissed.

It can take some time to sort out and scrutinize the details of a DUI arrest, so a DUI arrest can seriously complicate and ruin your holiday plans. But you should still understand that examining your case with an attorney as soon as possible can be crucial in protecting your finances and freedom in the long run.

The best way to avoid the complications of a DUI arrest this weekend is to stay sober or get a ride from sober driver. But if you make a mistake or bad decision, you still have options to protect yourself and your future.

Source: TBN Weekly, "Stay safe this 4th of July," Suzette Porter, June 29, 2015

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