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Year: 2015

Green Card Holders Charged with DUI

Considering the fact that Miami has a large and diverse population of green card holders, it makes sense why I get questions about the immigration consequences of a DUI. For the purposes of this post, I am going to discuss what happens when a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) is arrested for DUI involving property damage. Let’s say that…

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Don’t Let a DUI Ruin Your Holiday Cheer!

It’s that time of year again, it’s time for Secret Santa exchanges at work, White Elephant parties, company Christmas or “holiday” parties, eggnog and of course, lots of wine and champaign. For many people, the holidays also bring about increased levels of stress. Stress from trying to find that “perfect gift,” stress from spending too much on those perfect gifts,…

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Will Coffee Sober a Drunk Person Up?

If you’re like most people, when you tried to sober someone up, you did one of two things: 1) you threw them in a cold shower, or 2) you gave them a strong cup of coffee. While you might have tried the cold shower trick, you probably learned that it’s a lot easier to get a drunk person to drink…

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Admission Requirements for Miami Back on Track Program

In Miami-Dade County, some first time DUI offenders are given the opportunity to have their charges reduced to a Withhold of Adjudication for Reckless Driving. This is accomplished by participating in a DUI diversion program known as the Back on Track Program. Upon completion, a person’s criminal record for a DUI can be sealed, essentially allowing them to move forward…

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‘Drunk Girl Driving’ Video on Periscope Leads to DUI Arrest

On Oct. 10, Lakeland Police Department was alerted of a drunk driver after Periscope viewers watched a live video of a 23-year-old woman taping herselfwhile driving, claiming to be “so drunk.” As the live video streamed, Lakeland police started receiving 911 calls from viewers as the possible drunk driver was broadcasting herself on Periscope. Periscope, owned by Twitter, is a…

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Should I Refuse a Breath Test?

If you should ever be pulled over for a suspected DUI in Miami, you will more than likely be asked to submit to a breath test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). While under immense pressure and emotional distress, you may find yourself not knowing whether or not to consent. In many cases, it is wise to consent to…

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Penalties for a Commercial Driver Convicted of DUI

A DUI conviction in Florida can bring harsh consequences, especially if you are a commercial driver. For people with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the laws and restrictions for maintaining your license are very strict, carrying a very low tolerance for driving under the influence or receiving traffic violations. If you have been arrested for DUI while driving a commercial…

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz Arrested for DUI

Body camera footage released on Sep. 21 shows Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz dropping a sheriff’s name and identifying himself as a commissioner during a Key West traffic stop. Diaz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Video footage shows Diaz apologizing to an officer, telling him that he’s Commissioner Diaz from Miami-Dade County. Minutes later, Diaz said…

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