DUI’s in Miami
Alcohol abuse in Miami is not taken lightly by the authorities. Driving under the influence (D.U.I) doesn’t only affect the person who’s under the influence but others on the road, their families and friends. There are strict D.U.I laws in Miami that can come with some severe consequences. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for persons aged 21 and up is .08. For individuals under 21 there is a BAC limit of .02. If charged with a D.U.I you can either face community services, probation, fines or imprisonment. You will be held in jail until you are no longer under the influence, your normal faculties are no longer impaired, your B.A.C is lower than 0.05 or it has been eight hours since you were arrested.
Additional fine schedule’s for alcohol abuse in Miami are as follows:
- First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000.
- Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000.
- Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000.
- Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not less than $2,000.
Alcohol abuse in Miami can take a turn for the worst when people decide to get behind the wheels of a vehicle after a long night of partying. Alcohol abuse in Miami puts many innocent lives at risk and the consequences are not worth it.
Kids Are Partaking in Underage Drinking Too
Adults are not the only ones with alcohol abuse in Miami. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth. In 2010, there were 189,060 visits to the emergency room due to underage drinking, 76,918 of which were kids between 12 and 17 years old. It’s no wonder the CDC calls underage drinking “a major public health problem.”
If an underage drinker wants to get alcohol it’s a lot easier than people think. Common sources of alcohol for underage drinkers come from older friends, associates, or family members. The beach resorts, parks, festivals and nightlife are not only appealing to adults but to children and teens as well. The south Florida lifestyle encourages partying and alcohol abuse in Miami. There are and clubs like The Vagabond, Eve, Nocturnal and 90 Degree that allow underage persons entrance. Alcohol abuse in Miami also affects the youth population with about 40,200 local underage drinkers engaging in binge alcohol use in the past month. More Miami-Dade County girls (35.6 percent) in grades 6-12 have consumed alcohol in the past month than boys (29.4 percent). Even the most good willed underage person can be peer pressured into alcohol abuse in Miami. Talk to your children and know the risks.
If you or someone you know needs help from alcohol abuse in Miami, please give us a call at 1-855-441-2449.