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Year: 2019

Car Cell Phone Use Restricted in 2020

Texting while driving is responsible for more accidents than DUIs and The Florida legislature has finally put some teeth into the problem. Section 316.305 went into effect on January 1, 2019. It provides that motorists can be stopped and cited for texting and driving as a primary offense. The second part of the law, which went into effect in October,…

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Will I need an FR44 Certificate After a DUI conviction in Florida?

Having your car impounded and your license suspended. Steep fines. Higher insurance rates. Jail time. Probation. That’s what you risk if you drive drunk in Florida, a state which has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation. And that’s just a best-case scenario—things get even worse if you cause an accident or injuries while driving drunk. One…

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Legal Cannabis Possible in 11 U.S. States Next Year

There were efforts around the country to establish legal, adult-use cannabis this year. However, just Illinois enacted its Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) over the summer, passing the state legislature and earning the governor’s signature. Fast forward to 2020. States that failed in their 2019 legalization efforts could make other attempts at passage. Some others will try their r first attempts at adult-use…

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The Real Costs of a DUI in Florida

The Real Costs of a DUI in Florida Here’s some fairly reliable estimates a first-time DUI conviction could cost (the cost may be higher in some other states). Remember, these numbers are estimates so your mileage may vary. Fines, court and attorneys’ fees: $10,000 Florida has statutory/mandatory fines associated with DUI. Much will depend whether the DUI is a Firth…

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Can I Claim Self-Defense in Florida?

Are you facing assault or battery charges in Florida? If you are, you may be thinking something to the effect of, “But I was defending myself! Don’t I have a right to self-defense?” If you think about it, many fights involve: 1) someone who started it, and 2) someone who was struck first and defending themselves. If you’re the second…

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Florida DUI: Do I Have to Take a Chemical Test?

For a lot of drivers, what they learned about driving under the influence (DUI) stops, they gleaned from TV and the movies. In my experience, the average driver doesn’t know much about Florida’s DUI laws, but that’s not just the case in Florida, that’s the case across the nation. Few people have a firm grasp of their state’s DUI laws and that’s…

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How Do I Avoid a DUI?

If you’re like a lot of people, you enjoy drinking alcohol on occasion. After all, drinking is practically an American pastime. In the United States, it’s common for people to drink at weddings, holiday gatherings, family barbeques, Super Bowl parties, birthday parties, divorce parties, football games, concerts, and so on. Since alcohol is frequently available at so many places, even…

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What Are the Shoplifting Laws in Florida?

If you were recently arrested for shoplifting in Florida, you’re probably wondering about the applicable laws. Florida does not have a specific law about shoplifting. Instead, Florida’s shoplifting offenses are prosecuted under Florida’s theft law, which is covered under Section 812.014 of the Florida Statutes. Under Florida law, you commit the offense of “theft” when you knowingly obtain or use, or seek to obtain or use…

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