Residents from all over the nation travel to Florida. While many will enter the state through air travel, many will still operate a motor vehicle in the state. Just like their home state enforces traffic laws, so does the state of Florida. Thus, if a motorist is suspected to be driving under the influence, he or she could face a DUI charge. Even when a motorist is from another state, an out-of-state driver could endure the consequences of a DUI in Florida.
Drunk driving charges exist in all states; however, each states charge the offense differently. This means that the penalties associated with a DUI charge could differ from their home state. Additionally, those convicted of an out-of-state DUI could face penalties in the state where the offense occurred as well as the state that they reside in. in other words, out-of-state DUI offenders are often subjected to different punishment when compared to those in state committing the same offense.
In some cases, a motorist could face double punishment. This means that the state of Florida will impose their penalties for the offense and the motorist’s home state will impose penalties in accordance with their laws. When one is not a resident of Florida and is pulled over for a DUI, his or her information will be sent back to his or her local police. It is up to them to impose punishment in accordance with their state laws. Thus, where a DUI occurs and where the accused driver resides matters when penalties are imposed.
Whenever a motorist is stopped by law enforcement, he or she has rights at every step of the traffic stop. Thus, it is important to not only unpack what occurred at the DUI traffic stop but also what consequences could result. This assists the motorist with their exploration of defense options when it comes to protecting their rights. This could ultimately help one reduce the charges, avoid harsh penalties and even clear their name.