Tampa DUI Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Former NBA Player Loren G. Woods Accused of DUI
April 5, 2012
Former NBA player Loren G. Woods, 33, faces DUI and bribery of a public servant charges after being stopped in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Records show he was arrested at 4:05 a.m. on a misdemeanor DUI charge and on a felony charge of bribing a public servant.
He allegedly refused a breath test.
He was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail and later released on $2,500 bail.
The 7-foot-1, 300-pound center spent six years in the NBA, playing one season with the Miami Heat in 2003 and his final season with the Houston Rockets in 2008.
Following a routine arrest for DUI in Florida, the arresting officer will generally request the driver submit to a breath test by blowing into a breath machine commonly referred to as the “breathalyzer” or “Intoxilyzer 8000.” What is important to understand is that an arresting officer has no way of forcing a driver into taking a breath test. Many times drivers will decline this test. By declining the test, the officer may allege that your behavior or actions constitute a refusal to submit to a breath test. This refusal can be met under the following conditions:
- You were abusive or argumentative with the arresting officer.
- Refusing to answer “yes” or “no” after the officer asks you to submit to a DUI breath test.
- Agreeing to take a breath test, but failing to blow an adequate amount of air into the machine to register a reading.
- Agreeing to take a breath test once, but failing to provide a second sample within a 15 minute window of time.
The following civil and criminal consequences can occur if you refuse to submit to a breath test following a DUI arrest in Florida:
- The arresting officer can take your license and administratively suspend all driving
- privileges immediately after the arrest. To combat this, you generally must request a formal review hearing within 10 days of your arrest.
- The prosecutor can argue that your refusal equates to an admission of guilt, sometimes called “consciousness of guilt.”
If you were arrested for DUI after refusing to submit to a breath test in Tampa or elsewhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call our Hillsborough County office at 813-221-3200 or dial us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).