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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. […]

What Happens If I Get a DUI Out-of-State?

Most Floridians have been to or will visit other states for business, vacation, or family reasons. Perhaps you went to visit relatives for a holiday, gone somewhere like New York City or Las Vegas for a fun trip, or had to attend a professional conference for work. In any of these scenarios, it would not […]

5 Dos and Don’ts for Your Criminal Case

If you were arrested and are facing criminal charges, you may feel frightened about what will happen next, and worried about your future. It is obviously an inherently stressful situation, but how you handle yourself in the coming days and weeks may impact the outcome of your case. Here are a few helpful tips: Do: […]

What Is Battery?

Battery is a serious crime, and if you have been charged with battery it is no laughing matter. A conviction may result in severe penalties, including incarceration and fines, and it can potentially also impact your employment, reputation, and personal relationships. If you are charged with battery, don’t risk your future by allowing an overworked […]

Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Florida

If you were arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, you may be worried about possible fines, license suspension, or even jail time. While these well-known penalties often weigh on the mind of anyone charged with DUI, many people overlook or fail to consider all of the potential collateral consequences of […]

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