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The High Cost of Not Defending a DUI

Anyone who has driven down Florida highways has seen the billboards saying “A cab ride is cheaper than a DUI.” It’s true. But if you’ve made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having too many drinks, choosing to not defend your DUI is a grave mistake. If you’re convicted of a DUI, the […]

Steps to Take When a Child Is Arrested

If the police have arrested your child, you may be feeling helpless, shocked, and angry. You’re probably also feeling protective. No matter the reason why your child was arrested, they are your child and you want to protect them. That is understandable. Above all else, however, it’s important to remain calm. Becoming emotional when interacting […]

Searches and Seizures at DUI Traffic Stops

Anyone who has stumbled upon a DUI checkpoint or seen flashing blue and red lights in their rear view mirror, and has had a few drinks, is probably concerned. They’re worried about all the bad things that could happen if they’re charged with a DUI. They could spend time in jail, pay fines, lose their […]

Marijuana Use and Driving: Standards for DUI in Florida

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States, yet testing for it in a driving under the influence (DUI) situation is challenging for law enforcement. No industry standards currently exist for measuring marijuana intoxication levels. While recreational marijuana is not legal in Florida, medical marijuana use according to specific guidelines […]

Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

While refusing a field sobriety test is an option for a driver in Florida, doing so is an important decision that carries certain risks. When law enforcement makes a stop for suspicion of drunk driving, the driver will be asked to perform certain tests, and how they react to the officer’s commands during the tests […]

Cell Phone Privacy Rights: What You Need to Know

In less than a generation, cell phones have gone from being rare luxuries for the wealthy to almost universal. Cell phones now keep people connected to the world around us and to one another. These handheld devices contain huge amounts of sensitive and personal data, and password protection is used by most people to safeguard […]

Are DUI Checkpoints and Roadblocks Legal?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime that endangers everyone who shares the roads. If you are a driver, you may have experienced being sidelined by a DUI checkpoint. Officers may use checkpoints and stop every passing vehicle to screen drivers, or they may just stop some objective pattern of vehicles, such as […]

Should I Tell My Lawyer Everything? Attorney-Client Privilege Explained

If you watch crime dramas on television, you may have heard something about “attorney-client privilege.” However, you might not really know what it means, or when it actually applies. Attorney-client privilege should not be confused with confidentiality. All attorneys have an ethical duty to protect the confidentiality of their clients, while attorney-client privilege actually belongs […]

Understanding Risk Protection Orders in Florida

Under Florida law, if an officer deems an individual poses a risk to themselves or others, that individual can receive a risk protection order. The risk protection order law was passed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, and it aims to help reduce firearm threats and decrease violent shootings throughout Florida. Just in […]

What Is Identity Theft?

It is important to understand what qualifies as identity theft, especially when it comes to online transactions, employment, and relationships. Perhaps you have shared your own or used the information of a relative or friend in the past, maybe in an attempt to help them, but in fact, you may have unwittingly committed a crime. […]

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