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  • DUI Penalties in Florida

    Being arrested for a DUI can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience, especially if it is your first brush with the law. Many individuals often assume an arrest means they are doomed to a conviction and the resulting penalties, but this is not the case. Many mistakes can be made in the process of an arrest, which is why it is crucial to retain effective legal representation as soon as ...
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  • What is a Hate Crime?

    Hate crimes are considered particularly egregious offenses in the legal system. This type of crime refers to a bias that a perpetrator has against a person of a particular sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or other social group. Just about any crime committed against a person can be classified as a hate crime if it was committed with some bias. What makes a hate crime ...
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  • Is Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs Illegal?

    Many people associate a DUI charge with alcohol, but don’t realize that illegal and prescription drugs can also impair drivers. Florida law allows a person under the influence of drugs to be charged with a DUI, if they show signs of impairment. These cases can be complex and difficult to prosecute, but they carry the same consequences as an alcohol-related DUI. Prescription drugs can affect your ...
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  • New Florida Laws on Opioids, Cough Syrup Effective on January 1st

    Three new laws in Florida will be effective on January 1 st , 2017. Two of those laws involve accessibility to pharmaceuticals, while the other deals with financial institutions being allowed to establish a venue or agent for services of process. SB 422: Coverage for Opioids There are two kinds of opioid painkiller drug products addressed in this law’s language: abuse-deterrent labels, and those ...
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  • Prepare for Holiday DUI Stops

    The Wiseman Law Firm: Secure your Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer The holiday season is one of the busiest times on our nation’s roadways. All across the country, millions of people travel and tragically, accident rates remain high. According to the National Safety Council, as many as 343 individuals lose their lives during the 3 days around Christmas and as many as 373, during the 3 days around ...
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  • 6-Day Police Sting in Polk County, FL Ends in 114 Sex Crime Arrests

    Law enforcement officials in Polk County, Florida have stated that a total of 114 suspects were arrested as the result of a six-day undercover operation titled “Operation Not So Silent Night.” The goal of the operation was to identity and break apart an alleged sex and human trafficking ring in the region. The vast majority of the arrests brought about charged related to prostitution , either for ...
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  • Heroin an "Epidemic" in 2016

    Despite the long-fought “war on drugs” commissioned by lawmakers over the past several decades, it appears that overdose deaths, especially those involving heroin, are increasing. According to reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse , annual heroin overdoses have been increasing at a rapid rate every year since 2010, with nearly 12,000 deaths related to heroin overdoses being recorded in ...
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  • Who Can Carry a Firearm in Florida?

    Although it is generally illegal to openly carry a gun in the State of Florida, individuals may openly carry a number of different non-lethal weapons for self-defense purposes, including pepper spray, a stun gun, a dart-firing stun gun, or any other type of non-lethal electric weapon. Ordinary civilians are only permitted to possess a firearm in a few select places and scenarios, including a ...
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  • How Is a Federal Crime Different than a State Crime?

    Understanding the details of your charges is a critical aspect of your defense. If you are not an experienced criminal defense attorney, you might be thrown off when you read that your charges involve state or federal crimes. Just why is this distinguished and should you be worried about it? How Federal Crimes Are Different from State Crimes Federal crimes and generally considered to be the most ...
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  • Can You Be Arrested for Shooting a Burglar?

    The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms, but it doesn’t say when we can use them. Since basically 1789 when the Amendment was passed by Congress, a person’s right to use a firearm in self-defense has been hotly debated. Today there is still no clear answer, despite gun laws and safety being a hot topic in the news and the public. Safety at home is the biggest concern for ...
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  • Memorial Day is Coming! Know Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint

    With 2016 Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many of us will be getting ready to go on vacation or enjoy some fun in the sun with friends and family. Amongst the grilling and good times, it is without a doubt that many Americans will be enjoying a few alcoholic beverages. While this is all good fun, it is important to remember to drink responsibly as law enforcement will surely be ...
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  • Connect Online with The Wiseman Law Firm

    The Wiseman Law Firm is committed to excellence in service and communication. That is why we go the extra mile to stay connected with our clients! Take a moment to connect with us through any of the social media and other online accounts listed below. You can also stop by our office, give us a call, or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you! CONTACT THE WISEMAN LAW FIRM Address: ...
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  • Misdemeanors & Felonies: A Comparison

    If you have ever taken the time to look at someone’s criminal record or research criminal charges, you probably saw two words again and again: misdemeanor and felony. In fact, other than the rare and “harmless” infraction, every criminal violation in the country is considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. But what does that mean? And is it something you should be concerned with if you have ...
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  • Tips to Avoid a DUI on St. Patrick's Day

    Green Guinness, apple martinis, mojitos, and any other alcoholic beverage with green in it will be poured by the gallon this St. Patrick’s Day in the States as people from coast to coast celebrate the holiday in a bar with their best of buds. While anyone can appreciate a fun night knocking back a few lagers with your friends, no one really likes the driving under the influence ( DUI ) arrest that ...
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  • Enforcement Type: Primary and Secondary Offenses Explained

    When pulled over by a law enforcement officer, it is important to know your rights. In order to know your rights, you should understand the differences between a primary and a secondary offense. A primary offense is an act that allows a police officer to pull a vehicle over and give the driver a ticket. In the state of Florida, these violations are outlined in Chapters 316 , 320 , and 322 of the ...
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