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Traffic stop for expired tag leads to DUI charge

Dealing with a traffic stop can be a difficult experience for some people. They may think they have done nothing wrong and that officers have stopped them unjustly. Unfortunately, their ordeals can become much worse if officers believe that they have consumed alcohol before driving, and DUI charges could result.

It was recently reported that one woman in Florida was taken into custody on such allegations. The woman was purportedly driving at approximately 2:30 a.m. when deputies noticed that her vehicle's tag was expired. As a result, she was pulled over. The officer allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the woman's breath, and reports stated that she told the officer that she had consumed three beers about an hour earlier.

The officer had the woman perform field sobriety tests, which she reportedly did not pass. As a result, the woman was taken into custody for DUI. Breath tests were performed, and the results purportedly indicated that her blood alcohol concentration levels were .247 and .254, which is more than three times the legal limit. It was not mentioned whether she was still in custody at the time of the report.

This Florida woman may feel that her situation is not a big deal, but even though DUI charges happen to people regularly, it is still a smart move to take any criminal charge seriously. In efforts to address her case, she may want to explore the defense options available to her. In order to ensure that the information she obtains relates to her case, she may want to utilize local legal resources.

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