The city of Cape Coral, FL has had its fair share of DUI arrests so far this year and as a result, the police department has decided to implement a tactic to help crack down on motorists driving intoxicated.
Back in February of 2018, there was a period where officers made eight DUI arrests in less than a week which is what prompted the tactic to be put into place. While arrests are public record and anyone can go online and search for the most recent DUI arrests in the city, the department decided they would begin publicizing them a little bit more. Officials began “sending out releases while plastering DUI suspect’s names and faces all over the internet,” according to NBC 2.
Corporal Phil Mullen of the Cape Coral Police Department told the news source, “It can’t hurt. Nobody wants to see their face on social media, on traditional media, that they made probably the biggest mistake of their life. Nobody wants to see that.” Officers believe that if the mugshots of these drivers who are caught driving while intoxicated are broadcasted for everyone to see, it might raise awareness and help reduce the number of arrests being made. Anthony Shrader of Cape Coral shared his opinion on the idea and said, “I think people should be aware, maybe it’s a wake-up call for them.” Another driver, Cydni Signorelli who also is a resident of Cape Coral, said, “I personally wouldn’t want people to know me as the person who drinks and drives.”
Mullen told the source that although the department isn’t sure the strategy will work, it is one they are willing to try. He said that once they try the tactic out for a period of time, they can then compare the statistics to determine how effective it really is.
While many might agree that having their mugshot displayed all over social media isn’t something they would want, some still seem to find themselves being arrested for DUI. And if you or someone you know was recently charged with DUI in Cape Coral, FL and are wanting to know what penalties the charge carries, read on below.
- First time DUI offenders will incur a fine between $500 to $1,000 and second-time offenders a fine between $1,000 to $2,000.
- You may be placed on probation for a period of one year or less and, as a condition of such probation, you may also be required to participate in public service or a community work project for a minimum of 50 hours.
- Depending on the degree of your charge, you may receive limited driving privileges for an extended period of time or have them revoked.
- Serve a jail sentence that lasts not more than six months for first-time offenders or up to nine months for second-time offenders.
- If this is your second DUI arrest in FL, you will be subjected to having an ignition interlock device placed inside your vehicle for at least one year. You may also be required to have this device installed in your vehicle if you are faced with more than one charge that stem from you driving while intoxicated.
[Source: Florida Legislature].
And remember, you are considered to be operating a vehicle while under the influence if your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is .08 or higher. And in some cases, you may also be arrested if you display signs of intoxication, yet your BAC level is lower than the legal limit of .08.
Now, if you are currently facing these circumstances or caused a drunk driving accident in FL and have yet to discuss your case with a DUI defense lawyer, now would be a good time to contact Cape Coral, FL DUI lawyer Michael M. Raheb, P.A. He has extensive experience in handling DUI cases and can help you fight your charges. The fact is, Florida’s DUI laws are some of the toughest in the nation so if you want to stand a chance at getting your charges reduced so that you are not hit with harsh penalties, contact The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. today.
You can contact The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. at:
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