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Blog Posts in September, 2012

  • Why is Street Racing Illegal?

    Street racing has become more popular in recent years for many different reasons. People have become enamored by extreme sports or competitions like base jumping, bungee jumping, ultramarathoning, surfing huge waves, storm chasing, and organizing fight clubs. Street racing is another example of an extreme sport. While street racing can be legal in some circumstances, it is not lawful if ...
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  • Arrest for Street Racing on YouTube

    In recent years, the sport of street racing has returned to American towns and cities. Once practiced by teens in the 1950s and early 1960s, youths in American and around the world have rediscovered this extreme sport to the consternation of law enforcement. Street racing is simply motor vehicles pitted against each other on city streets, country roads, parking lots or any straightaway and then ...
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  • Standard of Proof in Probation Violation Hearings

    Most people are aware of the standard of proof in criminal cases--proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that if a juror or trier-of-fact has a reasonable doubt about your guilt, such as the reasonable possibility that someone else committed the crime or that the evidence presented is not so convincing that you would be “willing to rely and act upon it without hesitation in the most important ...
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  • Are You Entitled to Bond on a Probation Violation?

    Probation is nearly always ordered when someone is convicted of a crime and sentenced to either jail or some other alternative punishment. Probation may be shortened provided the offender does not commit any other crimes and abides by conditions of probation. If a condition is violated and the defendant arrested, he or she can still get a bond in many instances. An example of a probation violation ...
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  • Why Does the Man Get Arrested in a Domestic Violence Incident?

    Florida has a vague domestic violence statute that seemingly encourages law enforcement to make an arrest whenever there are allegations or complaints of domestic violence. Law enforcement also apparently has a financial incentive to make arrests based on federal funding requirements. Domestic violence encompasses acts such as assault, battery, stalking, kidnapping, or any aggravation of these ...
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  • DUI for Riding a Bicycle, Moped or Lawnmower?

    Anyone who operates a vehicle on a roadway or highway cannot do so if they have a blood or breath alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent or if they are impaired. For people who ride mopeds, golf carts or motorcycles, Florida’s DUI law is applicable to you. But what happens if you are on a lawnmower or riding a bicycle while intoxicated? According to Florida law, you can be arrested and convicted ...
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