JONATHAN B. BLECHER, P.A. LEGAL BLOG
Can a Passenger be DUI in a Self-Driving Car?
by Jonathan Blecher | March 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.
What is “drugged driving” in Florida?
by Jonathan Blecher | March 10, 2023 | Drug DUI
You probably have a pretty good idea of what “drunk driving” involves. That term is thrown around a lot, but DUI laws in Florida define the crime as “driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired” or “driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level”. We can all agree […]
Sucking on a penny and other myths about beating a DUI
by Jonathan Blecher | March 6, 2023 | Alcohol testing, DUI
Spend any time in a bar or campsite, and you’re bound to hear all kinds of rumors, theories and “true stories that happened to a friend of someone’s uncle” about how you can pass a Breathalyzer test even after having a few drinks. These kinds of urban legends may make for good conversation but very […]
Florida Legislature Tinkers with Refusals and Ignition Interlock Devices
by Jonathan Blecher | March 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 pertinent part: “The person shall be told that his or her failure to […]
When can police search your car during a traffic stop?
by Jonathan Blecher | March 2, 2023 | Criminal Defense
You were pulled over by a police officer because they said you ran through a stop sign or maybe because your windows are tinted too darkly. As he was talking to you, he started perusing the interior of your car. The next thing you know, he found a gun under the back seat that’s not […]
How Do I Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney in Miami
by Jonathan Blecher | February 20, 2023 | Attorney Qualifications
Being accused of a crime can be a daunting experience, and finding a good criminal defense attorney is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. If you are in Miami, Florida, there are several things you should keep in mind when searching for […]
How does bail jumping hurt your criminal case?
by Jonathan Blecher | February 16, 2023 | Bail, Criminal Defense
If you are arrested and charged with certain criminal offenses like driving under influence (DUI), Florida courts might release you on bail while your case goes through the trial process. Before you are released on bail, however, the court will set the terms of your bond. You might have to deposit a monetary bond with […]
Will the Legal Limit for DUI be Lowered to .05?
by Jonathan Blecher | February 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 .08 to .05, with many countries around the world already making this […]
Roadside THC Testing: What You Need to Know
by Jonathan Blecher | February 6, 2023 | Drug DUI, In the News
The use of cannabis has become more widespread and accepted in many parts of the world. As a result, law enforcement has had to adapt to this changing landscape and find new ways to detect whether drivers are under the influence of marijuana. One tool they’ve adopted is roadside THC testing. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what you need to know about these tests and how they work.
Types of sobriety tests
by Jonathan Blecher | January 31, 2023 | DUI
During a traffic stop, law enforcement may want evaluate a driver to determine if they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Post-arrest, the police will request the driver take a breath test and if it reads 0.08% BAC or higher, then they’ll be charged with a DUI. A urine test for drugs may be requested […]