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  • Opioid Law Reform and Patient Effects

    Has the Change Made Patients Turn to Illegally Obtaining Medicine? The new laws on opioid and other prescription pain killers have made a huge impact on patients’ ability to have consistent, streamlined pain management. Under CS/HB 21 , effective July of 2018, the regulations require doctors to stick to a 3-7 day limit on prescriptions, while patients must return to their doctor’s office for ...
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  • Can a Florida DUI be Pleaded Down to a Wet Reckless?

    If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, a conviction can result in serious consequences. You may serve time in jail, your driver’s license may be suspended for an extended period of time, you are subject to costly fines, and your professional and personal reputations may be damaged. However, it may be possible to have your charges reduced to a “wet reckless.” Florida doesn’t prohibit plea ...
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  • What Happens When You Are Arrested in Florida While on Vacation?

    Now that summer has arrived once again, many Americans are embarking on their vacations in order to visit a new town, relax, and have fun. From our beautiful beaches to our famous amusement parks, Orlando remains a go-to vacation spot for people from around the world. However, sometimes individuals can have too much fun. Whether it’s DUI or drug possession , visitors may find themselves in a ...
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  • Thinking of Representing Yourself? Read This First!

    Being in the mix of the criminal justice system can feel daunting with all of the paperwork, trial dates, and the fear of an upcoming sentencing. Before all that, there’s the task of finding the right criminal defense lawyer. Don’t let the legal system take advantage of you. Our Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Wiseman Law Firm have the knowledge you need to guide you through your upcoming ...
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  • Arrested for a DUI? What You Should Know About Your DMV Hearing

    If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Florida, you need to act immediately to protect your driver’s license. You have 10 days after your arrest to request a formal review hearing to contest the administrative suspension of your driver’s license. If you do not fight this suspension, you will lose your driver’s license, even if you win your criminal trial. What Happens at a DMV Hearing? A formal ...
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  • What Should I Do If I Was Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault?

    A false accusation of sexual assault can result in not only the loss of your reputation, but also in criminal penalties. That is why it is important to take immediate action after you have been accused of sexual assault to protect your rights and clear your name. How can you do this? If you have been accused of sexual assault, you should: Obtain legal counsel . As soon as possible, you should hire ...
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  • When Is Search & Seizure Illegal?

    The Fourth Amendment protects one’s personal privacy and every citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable intrusion into their homes, businesses, persons, and property, regardless of where the law enforcement officer stops the citizen or attempts to conduct the search. This means that, as a citizen, you have rights that cannot be violated, unless certain limited circumstances apply. How Does the ...
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  • 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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