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What Defenses Can Be Raised for Reckless Driving?

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…

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How to Get a Domestic Violence Stay Away Order Lifted

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…

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Reducing Anxiety Before Your Court Date

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…

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Can I Turn Away from a DUI Checkpoint in Florida?

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.…

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Can I Get a DUI for Prescription Drugs in Florida?

Millions of people living in Florida take drugs prescribed by their doctors every day. It’s a very normal part of everyday life, and for those who suffer medical conditions, their medications may be what helps everyday life feel normal to them. The ubiquity of prescription drugs makes it easy to develop a false sense of security. We believe that taking…

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Boating Accidents Are on the Rise in Florida

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are some concerning statistics regarding a rise in boating accidents in Florida’s waterways. The Commission’s 2020 Boating Accident Statistical Report states that as many as 836 boating accidents were reported in 2020, which represented a 26% increase from 2019. Injuries were also on the rise in 2020, with 534 reported…

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Probation Violation Hearings During Covid

Last year, I blogged about the possibilities of being drug or alcohol tested while on probation. Remember that if you’ve been placed on probation for DUI or any other criminal offense expect the possibility that the probation officer may require you to submit to drug or alcohol testing. A positive result on either of the test may result in just…

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Rapper Trick Daddy Strikes Plea Deal on Cocaine and DUI Charges

Rapper Trick Daddy, real name Maurice Young, negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for his arrest on cocaine possession and DUI charges last January. The terms of the plea required accepting the cocaine possession charge, being sentenced to time served in jail (one day), a criminal conviction for the felony, and a dismissal of…

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Extradition Warrants in Florida

Interstate extradition is the process of keeping a fugitive in custody, so the authorities can take that person back to the state where they are still facing an outstanding arrest warrant. If you were charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and fled the state, you will be classified as a fugitive. Florida extradites fugitives, so they can face justice…

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How Bail Bonds Work

After being arrested, you will likely be able to be released on bail. Depending on the severity of your crime, the amount may be as low as $100 or substantially more in severe circumstances. For example, a misdemeanor may only set you back $250, but a felony drug possession charge significantly more. If you cannot afford it, you can secure…

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