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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Will I Lose My Commercial Driver’s License If I Get a DUI?

    If you are a truck driver who was arrested in the state of Florida for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, you could face the permanent loss of your commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is the agency that administers and suspends CDL licenses. Your CDL could be suspended for many reasons, one of which is a DUI ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Cell Phone Without a Warrant?

    Your cell phone contains a considerable amount of private and sensitive data, and access to this data can be a considerable intrusion of privacy. However, some law enforcement offices seek to gain access to your cell phone after your arrest to look for evidence. Florida courts, however, are working to protect your privacy and block police officers from accessing your phone without a warrant. Here ...
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  • What You Should Know About DUIs & Employment Background Checks

    Driving under the influence ( DUI ) of drugs or alcohol can lead to more punishments than you might think. If it’s your first charge, you might get off with no more than a brief license suspension and a fine; however, there are long-lasting consequences even to a single DUI on your criminal record. If you drive for a living and need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to do your job, you might be ...
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  • Helping Party Guests Avoid a DUI

    The end of the year is coming soon and with it the plethora of holiday parties. From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, many people will be celebrating these events with beer, wine, and cocktails. It’s no secret there is a high correlation between the holidays and incidences of drunk driving and drunk-driving related accidents. If you’re hosting a party soon, here are a few ...
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  • Handling Your DUI with a Past Conviction

    Most people are concerned when they get pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol; however, 1 st -time offenders have less to worry about than people with more than one prior offense on their criminal record. The severity of the subsequent sentence would be significantly harsher if the previous conviction was also a DUI. If you are facing a 2 nd or even a 3 ...
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  • What Is Considered Indecent Exposure?

    According to Florida law, indecent exposure is considered the act of exposing or exhibiting one’s sexual organs in public or on the private property of another, or so near to either as to be seen from private property. Likewise, the exposure must be in a vulgar or indecent manner. A well-known prank, streaking, would also be considered indecent exposure, as the law also includes being naked in ...
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  • Criminal Charges and Their Impact on Your Driving Privileges

    Surprisingly, not many people know driving is a privilege, not a right. If you do something against the law, the state of Florida can take away your license as a result. A person’s driving privilege can be suspended, canceled, or revoked for many reasons, including failing to pay a ticket, failing to pay child support, or failing to attend traffic school. Likewise, more than just a DUI can get ...
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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 a DUI or Driving with a Cell Phone More Dangerous?

    While many understand drunk driving can cause accidents, others don’t quite understand how similar driving while texting or talking on a cell phone can be. Anything that impairs a person’s cognitive abilities, whether alcohol or technology, could end in a car accident. Most states impose a legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of .08%, meaning any more alcohol present in your bloodstream ...
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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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