Leaving a drug and alcohol treatment center when court-ordered can have serious consequences, as the court has ordered the treatment as a part of a legal sentence, condition of pre-trial release or condition of probation or parole. The specific consequences can vary...
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When Can Police Search Your Property?
jblecher | Mar 22, 2023 | Firm News
We’ve all seen it on crime shows. An officer goes to search someone’s home or vehicle, the suspects scoffs and says, “You can’t do that!” and then the officer proudly flashes a warrant and proceeds with the search. Or, the officer wants to carry out a search, the...
Can a Passenger be DUI in a Self-Driving Car?
by jblecher | Mar 15, 2023 | Firm News
In most places, a person who is a passenger in a self-driving car would not be charged with DUI because they are not actively operating the vehicle. As more self-driving cars hit the roads, we can expect to see more legal precedents established around their use.
Florida Legislature Tinkers with Refusals and Ignition Interlock Devices
by jblecher | Mar 6, 2023 | Firm News
The Florida Legislature, motto: "We never saw a due process right we wouldn't trample on", has proposed legislation which would require the installation of an ignition interlock device immediately after a driver refuses to submit to a breath test. HB197/SB296 read, in...
Will the Legal Limit for DUI be Lowered to .05?
by jblecher | Feb 10, 2023 | Firm News
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and fatalities on the roads. Despite numerous campaigns, laws, and penalties, it remains a significant problem. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to lower the legal limit for intoxication from...
Prison Phone Call Industry About to Be Fixed
by jblecher | Jan 15, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Firm News, In the News
The prison phone call industry is a lucrative and predatory business that exploits the vulnerability of incarcerated individuals and their families. This industry operates by providing a telephone service for inmates to call loved ones and maintain communication while...
What Defenses Can Be Raised for Reckless Driving?
On Behalf of Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A. | Apr 29, 2022 | Firm News
Reckless driving in Florida carries serious penalties. Depending on the facts, the offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, with punishments including incarceration and/or fines. If you’re convicted, you will also have a mark on your criminal record, which can show up on background checks for employment, housing, or other opportunities. But being charged with reckless driving doesn’t…
How to Get a Domestic Violence Stay Away Order Lifted
On Behalf of Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A. | Apr 26, 2022 | Firm News
In Florida domestic violence cases, courts are concerned with protecting the alleged victim or other family or household members who might be endangered should the defendant be released. A common tool judges use to ensure the safety of others is a stay away order. The order restricts the defendant from interacting with anyone named in it. Violating a stay away…
Reducing Anxiety Before Your Court Date
On Behalf of Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A. | Apr 22, 2022 | Firm News
Having an upcoming court hearing for your criminal case can be anxiety-producing. That’s understandable. Whether this is your first brush with the law or you have been previously accused of a violation, the justice process can be complex and challenging to follow. Various rules, procedures, and formalities exist concerning when to speak, what you should say, and how evidence can…
Can I Turn Away from a DUI Checkpoint in Florida?
On Behalf of Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A. | Jan 24, 2022 | Firm News
Law enforcement routinely conducts DUI checkpoints on dates and in locations where drunken driving is expected to be a problem. Usually, this means that you’ll come across a DUI checkpoint around holidays, but you’re likely to find them on any given Friday or Saturday night as well. If you come across a DUI checkpoint, you might want to avoid it.…