Category: DUI

Can a DUI Affect My Credit?

by Jonathan Blecher | October 18, 2017 | DUI

If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami or anywhere else in Florida, a DUI can definitely damage your credit. While a DUI is not reported directly on your credit like a bankruptcy, judgement, or a lien, there are other ways that it can damage your FICO score. If you don’t […]

Marijuana DUI in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | September 6, 2017 | DUI

If you’re a supporter of medical marijuana or marijuana for recreational use, or both, you’ve probably heard how some states have decriminalized marijuana possession for personal use. Colorado, Nevada, California, and Oregon for example, have made it legal for adults to possess a small amount of marijuana for recreational purposes. Medical marijuana is also widely […]

How Important are Videos in DUI Cases?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 31, 2017 | DUI

Police dashcam videos show how important the use of video technology can be when defending a DUI case. In the case of one such video, three police officers involved from Oklahoma were suspended for lying in police reports about the DUI arrest. In Miami-Dade County, Florida police agencies across the board discontinued the use of […]

I Failed the Field Sobriety Tests – Is There Hope That I Can Avoid a Conviction?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 23, 2017 | DUI

When you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol and the police officer asks you to submit to a few field sobriety tests, in most cases the wise choice is simply to refuse. You can’t be punished for refusal and it is possible that the officer doesn’t […]

Can I Turn Away from a DUI Checkpoint?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 16, 2017 | DUI

According to the Governor Highway Safety Association (GHSA), “Sobriety checkpoints (also called DUI checkpoints) are locations where law enforcement officers are stationed to check drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment.” Many states utilize DUI checkpoints as a part of their bigger anti-drinking and driving campaign, and Florida is one of them. The GHSA says […]

DUI Laws – Past and Present

by Jonathan Blecher | August 15, 2017 | DUI

There were 9,878 traffic fatalities involving drunk driving in 2011, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA.) While even one death is too many, that number has decreased dramatically over the last 30 years. In 1982, there were 21,113 such fatalities. This decrease is due, in no small part, to the efforts to […]

What Five Questions Should You Ask Your DUI Attorney?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 7, 2017 | DUI

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest, it has the potential to impact the rest of your life. Time in jail, heavy fines, and a suspended license are all consequences you could face without the right defense team protecting your rights. But how do you choose the right attorney? While there is a huge […]

Can I Challenge a Police Report?

by Jonathan Blecher | August 3, 2017 | DUI

Anytime that law enforcement is involved in an incident, no matter how minor, a police report will be filed that details what the police on the scene observed. This will include a detailed recollection of events and explain what evidence law enforcement found to bring charges against you. In a DUI arrest, this police report […]

Miami DUI Checkpoints

by Jonathan Blecher | July 31, 2017 | DUI

DUI checkpoints, also called “sobriety checkpoints” are locations where law enforcement officers set up to check drivers for signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Across the United States, many jurisdictions use DUI checkpoints as a part their anti-drunk driving campaign. Are DUI checkpoints legal? Due to the fact that there are […]

DUI Probation Violations in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | July 31, 2017 | DUI

Suppose you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami or anywhere else in Florida. If this was your first DUI, your total period of incarceration and probation could not exceed one year under Sec. 316.193(5)(6) of the Florida Statutes. Assuming you were placed on DUI probation, what would the basic terms of […]