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How much over the limit are you if you blow 1.2?

Punta Gorda, FL |

My very very very stupid brother in law was arrested last night for dui 1st offense. He blew 1.2 in the breathlyzer, but he amazingly passed the field sobriety test with flying colors. How screwed is he?

He just called from the jail and said he blew 1.2, I asked if he was sure and he said yes.

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  1. I would imagine you mean .12 because I would imagine 1.2, he would likely be in a coma. He needs to hire a criminal defense attorney immediately because he only has ten days to contact DHSMV. My firm offers free case consultations in these matters and has handled many, many DUIs similar your brother in law's situation. My cell phone number is 813-830-2261. Good luck.

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  2. If your brother in-law blew a 1.2 into the intoxilyzer, he'd be dead. It's more likely he blew a .12 which would be one and a half times the legal limit.

    As for the field sobriety exercises; if he performed well on them, that evidence could be used to combat the presumption of impairment (being over .08). In other words, you're over the legal limit, but you're not impaired. It's important to note that this defense is applicable depending on how the state attorney files the charges.

    I'd suggest contacting a local criminal defense attorney to review your brother in-law's case. Good luck!


  3. I presume you mean .12 (1.2 and he'd be dead). A .12 is 1 and 1/2 times the legal limit.


  4. That depends on a lot of factors, consult with a local attorney for him to discuss his case in detail. Our firm handles cases in Charlotte County and up the coast and we would be glad to discuss his case with him.


  5. Contact a local criminal defense lawyer. This is serious. Good luck.

    My answer to your question does not create an attorney-client relationship.


  6. A DUI case is one where you definitely want to hire an attorney experienced in DUI cases. It is one of the more complicated, science-specific areas in criminal law. The penalties are harsh-administrative and criminally. Most DUI lawyers offer a free consultation.


  7. I'm suspicious about your saying he "passed" the roadside exam; how would he know? Further, as a general rule drivers are not taken to the station to "blow" unless they have already been taken into custody for DUI(this would have usually included a roadside evaluation by officer)

    As for the "1.2", I'm sure you meant .12 - the "limit" is .08, so by that standard he'd be 150% of the number.

    Please encourage him to hire a competent lawyer, these cases can be complicated, but with enough preperation and work, results can be produced.

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