Category: Firm News

Drugs & DUI Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | March 2, 2016 | Firm News

  When people hear the term driving under the influence or “DUI,” the first thing that usually comes to mind is driving under the influence of alcohol. What many people do not realize is that in Florida and across the country, they can also get arrested for DUI if they are driving under the influence […]

Penalties for a 1st DUI in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | February 10, 2016 | Firm News

Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence in Miami, Florida? If this was your first DUI offense, you may be curious to know what types of penalties you are up against, and reasonably so! Before you consider pleading guilty or forgoing legal representation, I want you to understand the penalties for a 1st DUI under […]

Out of State DUI: Arrested in Miami

by Jonathan Blecher | January 25, 2016 | Firm News

I Went on Vacation, and Left on Probation As all residents of Miami know, there are countless things to do in the Magic City besides taking in the beautiful beaches and soaking up the sun. From South Beach to the Art Deco District, to Little Havana, Lincoln Road Mall, to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and […]

Do I Need an IID for a First DUI in Florida?

by Jonathan Blecher | January 7, 2016 | Firm News

Under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, ignition interlock devices must be installed in the vehicles of certain people who are convicted of DUI. Do all first DUI offenders have to install an IID? The answer: an IID has not automatically required for all first time DUI offenders, but the court may order it. Florida’s ignition interlock […]

Green Card Holders Charged with DUI

by Jonathan Blecher | December 29, 2015 | Firm News

Considering the fact that Miami has a large and diverse population of green card holders, it makes sense why I get questions about the immigration consequences of a DUI. For the purposes of this post, I am going to discuss what happens when a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) is arrested for DUI involving […]

Admission Requirements for Miami Back on Track Program

by Jonathan Blecher | December 3, 2015 | Firm News

In Miami-Dade County, some first time DUI offenders are given the opportunity to have their charges reduced to a Withhold of Adjudication for Reckless Driving. This is accomplished by participating in a DUI diversion program known as the Back on Track Program. Upon completion, a person’s criminal record for a DUI can be sealed, essentially […]

DUI and Administrative License Suspension Appeals in Florida

by Jonathan Blecher | December 2, 2015 | Firm News

In the state of Florida, a DUI arrest will almost always result in a driver’s license suspension. Anyone who registers more than a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will have their license revoked for a period of at least six months, with the length of this suspension increasing if the driver refuses to submit to a […]

Florida Warrants for Old DUI Probation Violations

by Jonathan Blecher | November 24, 2015 | Firm News

On occasion, a person will find out that they have a warrant in Florida for a probation violation on a DUI that they got years earlier. Let’s say that “John” thought his case was closed back in the early 1990s, which is when he contacted Broward County and they had him pay a $500 fine. […]

Penalties for a Commercial Driver Convicted of DUI

by Jonathan Blecher | October 23, 2015 | Firm News

A DUI conviction in Florida can bring harsh consequences, especially if you are a commercial driver. For people with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the laws and restrictions for maintaining your license are very strict, carrying a very low tolerance for driving under the influence or receiving traffic violations. If you have been arrested for […]

Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz Arrested for DUI

by Jonathan Blecher | October 15, 2015 | Firm News

Body camera footage released on Sep. 21 shows Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz dropping a sheriff’s name and identifying himself as a commissioner during a Key West traffic stop. Diaz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Video footage shows Diaz apologizing to an officer, telling him that he’s Commissioner Diaz from Miami-Dade […]