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What is the Definition of DUI and How Can It Be Proven in Alachua County?

DuiThe definition of DUI:

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. It is defined as the act of driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle (including a motorcycle, bicycle, boat, and other vehicles) when a person’s normal faculties are impaired by alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal), or when with a breath or blood alcohol level of .08% or higher.

DUI is also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI). States have different criminal titles for the act of operating a vehicle while impaired, such as DWI. In Florida, there is just one crime, DUI. In Florida, DUI is a criminal offense that also has civil consequences.

How a DUI is proven:

In Florida, in order to be convicted of DUI, it is necessary for the prosecutor to prove that you were driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while you either:

  1. Had an unlawful blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher which can be proven by breath or blood testing.
  2. Or, your normal faculties were impaired by alcohol and/or drugs (prescription, OTC, or illegal). This can be proven by police officer’s observations, urine testing, admissions by the defendant, or alcohol and/or drugs seized from the defendant or the vehicle.

As a criminal defense attorney that specializes in DUI defense, I have written the consumer protection guide book, Ways To Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge Or Conviction. For your free, no obligation copy of this informative book, click on this link and a pdf copy will be available for your immediate download. You can also call my office at 800-373-8000 for a free consultation or with any questions you may have.

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Remember, the only sure way of avoiding the lifelong consequences of a DUI conviction is to not drink and drive!

However, if it is too late, do not make another mistake – hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney to represent you and do it ASAP, don’t wait! You can contact us today at 800-373-8000.

The experienced Trial Attorneys at Meldon Law are dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused.


Pictured above – Dan Weisman, Jeffrey Meldon, and Carey Meldon have a combined 60 years of legal experience representing people in Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County, Florida accused of DUI/DWI and other criminal charges. They wrote the DUI Guide for Alachua County – Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction. Request your free copy today.


This free no obligation book, written by a team of experienced DUI defense criminal trial attorneys, gives insight into what a DUI charge is, ways the State can prove the charge, and possible legal defenses.

Being charged and convicted of DUI is best avoided by not drinking and driving! This book also gives information on what it takes to be over the legal limit, how alcohol affects the body, plus much, much more!

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