Category: DUI

Tips to Improve Your Florida DUI Case

by Jonathan Blecher | June 11, 2018 | DUI

Facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges for the first time in Miami? If so, it’s important to understand that there’s a lot at stake. What you do or don’t hear from this point forward can impact the outcome of your DUI case – and that can be a positive or a negative thing depending […]

Can I Get a DUI for Driving on Prescriptions?

by Jonathan Blecher | June 1, 2018 | DUI

Do you take prescription medication? Whether you’re taking something temporarily or on a more permanent basis, you have plenty of company. “The number of prescriptions filled for American adults and children rose 85 percent between 1997 and 2016, from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion a year, according to the health research firm Quintile IMS,” reported […]

What Are the Penalties for DUI with Serious Bodily Injury?

by Jonathan Blecher | May 23, 2018 | DUI

Under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, it’s against the law to drive under the influence of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or chemical substances. Generally, a first DUI without “aggravating circumstances” is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000 (depending on blood alcohol level), up to six months in jail, DUI School, and […]

Can a Florida DUI Stop Me from Buying a Gun?

by Jonathan Blecher | May 23, 2018 | DUI

A criminal conviction, even for misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI), can affect your life in many ways. Often, a conviction leads to fines, incarceration, community service, probation or parole, restitution, and more. Some convictions also affect a defendant’s ability to vote or possess firearms in Florida. If you own a firearm or plan to in the […]

Do I Have to Take the Field Sobriety Tests?

by Jonathan Blecher | February 21, 2018 | DUI

When you’re pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and the officer suspects that you have been drinking, usually, he or she will ask you to perform the standardized field sobriety tests and if you don’t do well on those, next you’ll be asked to submit to a chemical test, usually in […]

Can the Cops Follow Me from a Bar?

by Jonathan Blecher | February 14, 2018 | DUI

People come from all over the world to visit Miami’s white sandy beaches and to enjoy some of the best nightlife in the country. Due to its hot nightspots, one can imagine how Miami’s cops would be drawn to the area. After all, bar fights and drunk driving have to be a nightly occurrence. But […]

Can a DUI Stop Bar Me from Security Clearance?

by Jonathan Blecher | December 13, 2017 | DUI

Are you planning to get a job that involves access to classified information, one that involves a security clearance? If so, you will have to pass a rigorous background investigation which takes a close look at your personal and professional conduct, your criminal history (if any), your financial behavior, your allegiance to the United States, […]

DUI: Can the Police Search My Vehicle?

by Jonathan Blecher | December 6, 2017 | DUI

If you’re stopped by the police and they suspect that you’re driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do they have the right to search your vehicle for an open container of alcohol, drugs, or stolen goods? What are your rights in the event of a warrantless search and seizure during a routine DUI […]

Can a DUI Affect College Scholarships?

by Jonathan Blecher | November 15, 2017 | DUI

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the one criminal offense that is commonly committed by everyday citizens with a lot to lose. If a high-school or college-aged student is arrested for DUI and they have plans on applying for scholarships or financial aid, a DUI conviction can definitely affect their ability to gain […]

DUI of Drugs & License Suspensions in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | November 8, 2017 | DUI

As a licensed driver, you’re probably well-aware of the fact that if you’re convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your driver’s license will be revoked for 180 days to one year (first DUI conviction). But, what if you get into trouble for driving under the influence of a prescription medication or marijuana? Will […]