Category: Firm News

How to Get a Domestic Violence Stay Away Order Lifted

by Jonathan Blecher | April 26, 2022 | Firm News

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 […]

Reducing Anxiety Before Your Court Date

by Jonathan Blecher | April 22, 2022 | Firm News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Probation Violation Hearings During Covid

by Jonathan Blecher | March 3, 2021 | Firm News

Last year, I blogged about the possibilities of being drug or alcohol tested while on probation. Remember that if you’ve been placed on probation for DUI or any other criminal offense expect the possibility that the probation officer may require you to submit to drug or alcohol testing. A positive result on either of the […]

Rapper Trick Daddy Strikes Plea Deal on Cocaine and DUI Charges

by Jonathan Blecher | February 26, 2021 | Firm News

Rapper Trick Daddy, real name Maurice Young, negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for his arrest on cocaine possession and DUI charges last January. The terms of the plea required accepting the cocaine possession charge, being sentenced to time served in jail (one day), a criminal conviction for the […]

Extradition Warrants in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | January 28, 2021 | Firm News

Interstate extradition is the process of keeping a fugitive in custody, so the authorities can take that person back to the state where they are still facing an outstanding arrest warrant. If you were charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and fled the state, you will be classified as a fugitive. Florida extradites fugitives, […]

How Bail Bonds Work

by Jonathan Blecher | January 21, 2021 | Firm News

After being arrested, you will likely be able to be released on bail. Depending on the severity of your crime, the amount may be as low as $100 or substantially more in severe circumstances. For example, a misdemeanor may only set you back $250, but a felony drug possession charge significantly more. If you cannot […]

The Smell of Marijuana Is No Longer Probable Cause to Conduct a Search

by Jonathan Blecher | October 22, 2020 | Firm News

Virginia recently passed legislation that restricts police officers from conducting warrantless searches based on marijuana odor. Prior to this law passing, officers who smelled marijuana from a person or property could lawfully search and seize them. The evidence they obtained could then be used at court proceedings to potentially convict defendants ofmarijuana-related offenses. Luckily, that […]