Record Clearing Services Denied Because of Outstanding Court Debt

by Jonathan Blecher | March 12, 2022 | Expungement

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 […]

Can I Turn Away from a DUI Checkpoint in Florida?

by Jonathan Blecher | January 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 […]

Can I Get a DUI for Prescription Drugs in Florida?

by Jonathan Blecher | January 17, 2022 | Firm News

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 […]

Congress Introduces Legislation to Expunge Marijuana Record

by Jonathan Blecher | December 20, 2021 | Uncategorized

The Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act was introduced in Congress on December 2, 2021, to encourage local and state governments to expunge the criminal records of tens of millions of people who have previously been convicted of marijuana-related crimes. Led by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), the bill provides $20 […]

The Damage Associated with Making Mugshots Public

by Jonathan Blecher | December 7, 2021 | Uncategorized

After a person is arrested in most states, the police department or county jail may post the mugshot photo online or otherwise make them available to the public. However, this practice can do more harm than good. Mugshots often show people in their worst state, whether they are red-eyed from crying, appear visibly intoxicated, or […]

Infrastructure Bill Seeks a Drunk Driver Monitoring System & Other Vehicle Safety Measures

by Jonathan Blecher | August 10, 2021 | Uncategorized

The U.S. Senate voted UP on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill aimed at repairing the country’s roadways and bridges, improving the electrical grid, and providing rural communities with high-speed Internet, and instituting several eco-friendly measures. However, contained within the 2,702-page plan, there are several consumer safety provisions, such as keeping drunk drivers off the […]

The Canada-U.S. border is reopening! Will a criminal record prevent a visit?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 5, 2021 | Criminal Defense, DUI

Just after midnight on August 9, 2021, the Canada-U.S. border will finally reopen for recreational travel. This is huge news for people and businesses on both sides of the border, marking the end of 16 months of severe travel restrictions. Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and green card holders will finally be able enter into Canada, […]

Best Places for a Big Fourth of July Celebration in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | June 29, 2021 | Uncategorized

The Fourth of July is almost here, which means that a number of big celebrations – including fireworks shows – throughout Florida are about to take place! If you’re looking for a new or different way to spend Independence Day with your family and friends, check out some of the events we found below! Independence […]

Which Types of Fireworks Are Legal in Florida?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 16, 2021 | Uncategorized

Independence Day is a pyromaniac’s Christmas in July, especially since a 2020 law in Florida legalizes the purchase and use of pretty much all fireworks on three designated holidays: July 4, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Yes, that means that if it shoots up into the air and creates a spectacle when it […]

Boating Accidents Are on the Rise in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | June 1, 2021 | Firm News

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 […]