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Month: July 2017

Miami DUI Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints, also called “sobriety checkpoints” are locations where law enforcement officers set up to check drivers for signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Across the United States, many jurisdictions use DUI checkpoints as a part their anti-drunk driving campaign. Are DUI checkpoints legal? Due to the fact that there are many legal issues surrounding their…

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DUI Probation Violations in Florida

Suppose you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami or anywhere else in Florida. If this was your first DUI, your total period of incarceration and probation could not exceed one year under Sec. 316.193(5)(6) of the Florida Statutes. Assuming you were placed on DUI probation, what would the basic terms of your probation be? What would…

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Florida’s ‘Actual Physical Control’ Law

Most licensed drivers in Florida are well-aware of the fact that it’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, what many people do not realize is that they can actually be arrested, charged, and convicted of DUI even if they weren’t driving at all. A person can be convicted of “driving under the influence” if they weren’t actually…

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Criminal Restitution in Florida

When someone is convicted of a crime in Florida, typically the penalties will involve jail, probation, community service, and fines. Depending on the facts of the case, one of the penalties may involve restitution. What is restitution? In criminal cases, restitution may be a condition handed down by a judge. Restitution involves repaying money to a victim for their losses or damages,…

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Drunk Driving: Myths You Need to Know About

Drinking and driving is a serious subject matter that comes with severe consequences. While most states have a clearly set limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08, it can still be tricky to know if you’ve passed that limit, unless you own a personal breathalyzer. In Miami, if you have a BAC level between .05 and .08, a jury…

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What is the Driver License Compact?

Since Miami is a magnet for tourists and “snowbirds,” DUI attorneys see their fair share of out-of-towners who are arrested for DUI. If you were arrested for driving under the influence while visiting Miami, you’re probably wondering how a Florida DUI will affect your driving privileges in your home state. Will your home state find out about the DUI? Will…

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Can You Turn Away From a Sobriety Checkpoint?

You’re driving home after having a few drinks with friends and you notice something that no driver ever enjoys seeing – a sobriety checkpoint. Is it worth the risk of going through the checkpoint when you know there is some alcohol in your system, considering many people are arrested at sobriety checkpoints despite low breath alcohol levels? Or, should you…

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Will a DUI Affect My Credit Score?

At first glance, a DUI and your credit may seem unrelated, but they can be connected in more ways than one. For instance, the fact that most DUI-related costs can be put on a credit card is one reason why a DUI can cause credit scores to tank. Essentially, if you don’t have the cash on hand to pay for…

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