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Recent Posts in DUI Category

  • Common Tourist Crimes in Florida

    Destination Vacations and Crime Florida is a common destination for vacationers from out of state and out of the country. Although you may have spent time learning about the laws and appropriate behavior when you are visiting a new place, that doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. If you are facing criminal charges and you are not a Florida resident, you will need the legal counsel of an ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 8 Things to Know if You are Stopped at a Florida DUI Checkpoint

    Police are not permitted to randomly stop and detain anyone on a street or who may be in a motor vehicle. Before doing so, the law enforcement officer must have a valid reason for the brief detention of anyone’s liberty. DUI checkpoints, however, are an exception to some degree. These are roadblocks set up by police as a method of detecting intoxicated drivers. Even these intrusions on a person’s ...
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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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  • Were You Locked Up for Driving Under The Influence?

    If you have been arrested for DUI , you may be facing some serious consequences that can include jail, probation, license suspension/revocation, DUI courses, vehicle impoundment, interlock devices, and fines and court costs. The penalties for a DUI in Florida vary according to your blood alcohol content (BAC), number of previous DUI convictions, whether anyone was injured or killed, and whether ...
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  • Were You Arrested at a DUI Checkpoint?

    Driving home after drinking at a party or nightclub can be treacherous and not advised. If you knew you had too much to drink, you may have been conscious of the speed limit and were taking extra care to drive carefully and within your lane, but a DUI checkpoint up ahead was looming and your chances of convincing the police there that you were sober will be an uphill battle. DUI checkpoints are ...
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