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The Importance Of Requesting A DMV Hearing Soon After A DUI Arrest

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If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, you have two separate legal matters. The first is the suspension of your driver’s license, while the second is the criminal trial you may face. Drivers that are found to be over the legal limit at the scene, or that… Read More »

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Is it Illegal to Resist an Unlawful Arrest?

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Police officers can only arrest a person under very specific circumstances. They must believe someone has committed a crime, such as when they suspect a motorist is driving under the influence, or they must have a warrant for arrest. Unfortunately, the police do not always comply with these rules. Law enforcement officers are often… Read More »

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Three Common Property Crimes in Florida

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Property crimes may seem like very minor offenses. However, a conviction for a property crime can result in jail time and high fines, which will result in a permanent criminal record. The penalty a person may face after a property crime conviction greatly depends on the dollar value of any damage done, and the… Read More »

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Are You Allowed to Use Self-Defense in Florida?

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Innocent people are accused of committing violent crimes too often in Florida. This sometimes occurs after a person uses self-defense when they felt as though their safety and well-being was at risk. Self-defense is known as an affirmative defense. This means that the person accused of committing a crime does not deny that they… Read More »

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Understanding House Arrest in Florida

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It is not uncommon to hear stories of celebrities, such as Martha Stewart and Paris Hilton, that have been placed on house arrest. For many people, these stories are the extent of their knowledge on house arrest. A person has been convicted of a crime and instead of going to jail, they are forced… Read More »

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Three Common Defenses Used in DUI Cases

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Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is extremely scary. You may wonder what will happen if you are convicted, what penalties you will face, and how they will affect your future. While people charged with a DUI often think the situation is hopeless, it is crucial that you remember that is not… Read More »

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When Owning a Screwdriver is Illegal

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Sometimes, something that is seemingly innocent is enough to get someone charged with a crime, even something as simple as owning a screwdriver. Of course, law enforcement is unlikely to conduct a search of a home to look for basic tools, unless they have reason to. So, when does law enforcement have sufficient reason… Read More »

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Are Criminal Records Public in Florida?

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When a person is arrested or convicted of a crime, they have many concerns. Initially, they may be most worried about the penalties they will face but soon afterwards, they become concerned about whether their criminal record will be made public. An arrest or conviction on a criminal record can prevent people from gaining… Read More »

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Are There Defenses to Reckless Driving in Florida?

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People are charged with reckless driving every day in Florida. Although these charges may sound like minor traffic infractions, they are very serious. Even a first offense for the most minor type of reckless driving can result in a convicted individual serving jail time. As such, it is crucial that anyone charged with reckless… Read More »

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Is a Hit-and-Run a Serious Offense in Florida?

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A hit-and-run in Florida is defined as leaving the scene of an auto accident without performing certain statutory duties. Those duties entail providing your name and contact information, making sure no one is injured and calling for help if they are, and providing your driver’s license number and registration information. If you do not… Read More »

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