The ability to ride a wakeskate well was not enough to help a 26 year old woman, Kristine Gagnier, avoid being arrested for DUI on her way home from a Halloween party last week. The arrest took place after Ms Gagnier was alleged to have been observed driving erratically by a police officer in her car, a Chevy Cavalier – not on her wakeskate, which is a board used on the water, a bit like a wakeboard.
According to the report released after the arrest, the young woman was dressed in an “arresting” Halloween costume at the time, consisting of a nude color bathing suit, dressed as a pig and wearing zombie style contact lenses.
However, it was not her appearance that led to her arrest and no doubt had nothing to do with it at all. She was allegedly seen driving erratically in the early morning of last Friday, after Halloween. The officer’s report indicated that he first spotted her weaving out of her lane across first the lane markings on her left, then on her right.
The report then goes on to say that she was stopped and was observed to have “red eyes, slurred speech, an odor of alcohol and admitted having had a drink”. She was apparently asked to complete a sobriety test, which she is alleged to have failed and was then arrested and taken for a breath test at the Orange County DUI center. She was alleged to have had a blood alcohol content of 0.12, which is 1.5 times the state legal limit of 0.08%.
DUI lawyers strongly advise Florida drivers to make alternative transport arrangements after going to any party where they are likely to have a drink. Even if you do not have any sort of alcoholic drink, wearing an unusual costume like that of a pig while driving is enough to provide an opportunity for law enforcement officers to stop you, especially at a known party time like Halloween when DUI patrols are more likely to be extra vigilant.
Police officers must have reasonable cause to stop a person and this includes anything which they see may be wrong with the vehicle as well as the way it is driven. Weaving from side to side and crossing over lane boundaries, like was alleged to have been observed with Ms. Gagnier is a give away as far as police are concerned and it is likely that anyone seen driving like this will be stopped, whether they have zombie style contact lenses or not.
Florida state law enforcement officers generally do not see the humorous side of driving under the influence, as was evidenced the other day when another man was arrested for DUI after driving his lawnmower down the road in fancy dress. Florida laws for DUI are among the toughest in the country and if you are convicted for DUI on even a first offense you can expect a significant fine and even possible imprisonment, although this is unusual, unless someone has been seriously injured or killed.
The worst aspect of a Florida DUI charge is the fact that you may end up with a life long criminal conviction which can affect you and your family for a very long time. As a prominent sports player, it is at the least going to mean you get into the news, but if you apply for another job or want promotion in your present one, then that single criminal offense can hang around your neck like a noose.
No doubt Kristine Gagnier will find a good DUI attorney to help represent her constitutional rights in Orlando. If you are arrested for DUI, there is often much that a skillful DUI attorney can do to help you fight a DUI charge. Experienced attorneys can help get a charge dismissed for lack of substantive evidence or may be able to get the penalties reduced through a plea bargain.
It is easy to pick up speeding tickets in Florida, and many people dismiss them as being non-serious events that have few consequences. However, it is important to be aware that even though speeding tickets that are issued for going well above the posted limit are not usually classed as felonies, they do come with […] read more
The state of Florida has very strict driving laws that prohibit all kinds of speeding, and although the charges won’t necessarily carry a jail sentence, you will definitely find yourself with a fine and points on your license if you are caught speeding. However, while you can’t go to jail for speeding, you can receive […] read more
Every state in America has a similar point system when it comes to driving violations, but Florida’s point system is particularly strict compared to the others. If you are caught by law enforcement violating the laws and regulations of the road, then you will receive points on your license, with the number of points depending […] read more
Traffic school usually comes in the form of a 4-hour basic driver improvement course. A 4-hour Florida traffic course is a great option for many drivers who have been issued traffic tickets in Florida. However, they are not available in every case and will not always mean that your ticket will be dismissed, especially for the […] read more
Everyone knows that being caught speeding is annoying, especially if you were pulled over for going only 9 mph over the speed limit. Police often let people off with warnings when this happens, but if you were caught in a school or construction zone, the chances increase for receiving a ticket. In Florida, speeding is […] read more