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Woman charged with DUI in Florida

A 29-year-old University of Florida student was pulled over by police early on March 30 after her vehicle was spotted going north in a southbound lane. Her 2014 Mini Cooper was seen by officers on Northeast Waldo Road near Northeast 16th Avenue. The woman allegedly defied orders to stop her vehicle until authorities were eventually able to detain her. According to media sources, she also managed to get partially free from her handcuffs while sitting in a patrol car.

The woman reportedly admitted to police that she had been drinking at Munegin's On 13th, and officers claim that she said she was coked out when refusing to take sobriety tests. A Breathalyzer revealed that she had a blood alcohol content of .198 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit in the state. The woman was charged with resisting arrest without violence and DUI. She was taken to Alachua County Jail and was later released on $20,000 bond.

A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol may result in penalties such as jail time, a fine and a loss of driving privileges. Those who are charged with such a crime could receive enhanced penalties if they refuse to take a breath test or resist being taken into custody. To assist in their defense, it may be a good idea to consult a DUI defense attorney about how to obtain a favorable outcome.

This might be done by casting doubt on any tests done at the scene of a traffic stop. It may also be possible to cast doubt on the reasons why an officer thought a driver was impaired. For instance, a driver may have been going the wrong way because that person was lost or otherwise made an honest mistake on the road.

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