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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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ANYTHING YOU POST CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU

You may not have realized it, but you’ve been a witness to a crime. ​​ It’s true. There are millions of people posting criminal evidence on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok. For example, there’s a comments sections under videos posted by a lawyer on TikTok, Alex Peter. Folks frequently ask for legal advice, talk about…

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Drunk Driving Regulations a Key Issue in New Infrastructure Bill

Drunk driving is a serious issue facing legislators and policymakers. How can you fix something that is different in every case? Finding solutions to these issues can prove beneficial for everyone but difficult to implement. With the passage of infrastructure bill HR 3684, legislators hope that providing additional regulations and safety rules will help save lives. The infrastructure legislation includes…

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Record Clearing Services Denied Because of Outstanding Court Debt

Serving prison or jail time can feel like the biggest obstacle to moving on with your life after a conviction. However, many Americans who’ve completed their incarceration are still living half-lives. For citizens with criminal records, lingering court fees and fines have made it impossible to move forward after serving their time. The importance of clearing one’s record cannot be…

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Can You Get a DUI While Being Stoned in Miami?

Yes. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Florida and subject to the same penalties as driving while impaired by alcohol or any other drug. You can get a DUI anytime you drive impaired by drugs or alcohol. Worse, you could cause an accident and hurt yourself or others. How Does Being Stoned Affect Drivers? Drivers under the…

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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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