Spring Break Arrests on the Rise in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami

With Spring Break in full swing, our criminal defense lawyers in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale remind vacationers, tourist and residents that increased enforcement can often lead to unfair arrest.

Drunk driving charges in Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach will be quite common through the end of the special enforcement period on April 3. Other common charges include underage consumption, drug charges, sex charges and charges of assault and battery.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reporting the cost of a drunk driving conviction can be as high as $20,000, including jail time, probation, mandatory treatment, loss of your driver’s license and skyrocketing insurance premiums. We understand the cost and inconvenience associated with a criminal case, particularly for college students and out-of-state residents, and we work with tourists and young adults to minimize the disruption and the impact on their lives.

“The Florida Highway Patrol isn’t against having a good time. We just want spring breakers to celebrate safely so that no one has to go home in a body bag,” said Patrol Captain Mark Welch. “FHP does not tolerate impaired driving, so drive sober and drive safe.”

About one-third of fatal accidents in Florida are blamed on drunk drivers — and more of those crashes (224) occurred in March of 2009 than in any other month. While most drivers face drunk driving charges for a blood-alcohol threshold of .08 or above, those underage can face charges and the suspension of their driver’s license for testing just .02.

The Miami Herald reports law enforcement have promised stepped-up enforcement efforts after last year saw a double-stabbing and shooting in South Beach amid reports of couples having sex in condo hallways.

Through the first two weeks of March — with three weeks left in the special enforcement period — police had already made 71 arrests and searched 1,630 coolers, which they can only do with probable cause or your permission.

If you are facing criminal charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.

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