Miami DUI-Drug charges a holiday danger

Authorities have announced increased traffic enforcement through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, including an emphasis on making drunk driving arrests in Miami and seeking charges against those believed to be operating under the influence of drugs.

Our Miami drunk driving defense attorneys will be available through the holidays. The issue of DUI-Drugs continues to evolve but authorities are more frequently alleging drug use in traffic stops that do not result in an arrest for drunk driving. The Miami New Times recently reported on the case of a South Beach promoter who was accused of being under the influence of drugs after a breathalyzer revealed he was not over the legal limit.

You cannot be physically forced to submit to a drug or breath test unless there’s been an accient. Nor is the presence of drugs in the system any indication that a driver was under the influence at the time of the arrest — marijuana, for instance, can remain in the system for a month.

Yet authorities continue to send officers to training, which allegedly permits them to determine whether a motorist is under the influence of drugs. These arrests will be fought in court. Successfully fighting probable cause in a Miami DUI case will often result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Law enforcement statewide has announced participation in National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month through the holiday season.

“The holiday season is a time to celebrate, and no one should have to suffer the loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk or drugged driver,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp. “I am pleased to see our law enforcement agencies and safety advocates taking proactive measures to make the roadways safer for residents and for those visiting the Sunshine State during the holidays.”

That means sobriety checkpoints, which have their own strict requirements. Anyone stopped and arrested for drunk driving as a result of a sobriety checkpoint in Miami should consult an experienced DUI defense attorney. Such charges are often beatable.

The Florida Highway Patrol announced an 11 percent increase in accidents caused by drugged driving this year and plans to make enforcement a priority through the holidays.

“As traffic crashes and fatalities steadily drop each year, it is disconcerting to see drug-related injuries and crashes rise, which is exactly what happened between 2008 and 2009,” said Florida Highway Patrol Director, Colonel John Czernis. “The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the nationwide, Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. national crackdown this month to enforce Florida’s tough DUI law. In addition, the Department will propose legislative changes this Spring that further strengthen the law as it pertains to drugged driving.”