Florida drivers are likely aware that it is against the law to drink and drive. Though this is considered to be basic knowledge, many drivers may not truly understand the meaning of DUI laws. Even those who are not aware they are breaking the law can still be charged with a crime if law enforcement alleges they have violated the law.
Recently, a Florida man was charged with DUI after police were called to a local drive-thru. A woman alleged he had tapped her bumper with his vehicle. Police claim that the man had an open alcoholic beverage while he was behind the wheel, and they arrested him for DUI.
The man stated that he did not drink while driving, and that his vehicle was stopped when he consumed the alcohol. He did not seem to be aware that to be charged with a DUI in the state of Florida, the accused does not actually have to be driving. DUI laws typically apply to anyone seated behind the wheel of a car while the car is running, or the person is deemed to be in control of the vehicle.
When people unknowingly commit a crime, they may feel as if no one will believe that they did not intend to break the law. In such cases, it can be useful to seek help from an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help those accused of DUI explore their defense options and seek the best result attainable under the circumstances.