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Osceola County to Host Fugitive Safe Surrender Event

Next week the Osceola County Sheriff's Department will be offering anyone with outstanding warrants the opportunity to surrender safely. Those who decide to show up at Osceola heritage Park on June 5th will have their warrant "swapped" out for a court date. The Osceola county sheriff's department reports that this is not an amnesty program, but it can offer favorable considerations from the court. At past events, those who surrendered saw reduced fines and jail time because of their actions.

Why are some saying that you don't have to talk at DUI checkpoints?

Anyone who has had to stop at a drunk-driving checkpoint probably remembers the experience vividly. That's probably because it was so intimidating and so disorienting.

These checkpoints are almost always held during nighttime hours and may seem to materialize out of nowhere, complete with flashing police lights, lines of slowed traffic moving through parking cones and the watchful eyes of law enforcement officials busy looking for signs of driving under the influence among motorists.

A closer look at the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- III

In today's post, we'll continue our ongoing discussion of the constitutional protections afforded by the Fifth Amendment in an attempt to help people better understand how the criminal justice system works.  

Specifically, we'll carry on with our examination of that part of the amendment, which states "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself." 

A closer look at the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- II

Last week, our blog started providing some basic background information on the Fifth Amendment, which sets forth several distinct constitutional protections and limits on police procedure. As always, the intent was to help shed some light on the sometimes confusing area of criminal law.  

In keeping with this theme, today's post will examine how the Fifth Amendment protects individuals from self-incrimination at both the state and federal level.

A closer look at the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Anyone who eagerly tunes in each week to watch a favorite television crime drama has more than likely gained a passing knowledge of everything from police procedure and crime scene investigation to courtroom tactics and, of course, constitutional rights.

Regarding this last point, they've probably heard terms like "self-incrimination," "due process," "fair trial," and "double jeopardy," being used by the actors.

A place to go when you have questions about outstanding warrants

There are certain questions that always seem to arise time and time again in the context of criminal defense. For example, people from all walks of life will commonly ask: Do I have an outstanding warrant?

While this may seem like an odd question to some, the reality is that it isn't always easy to determine whether law enforcement officials are looking to take you into custody.

Providing skilled and dedicated advocacy when mistakes happen

Whether you're going out with co-workers after a long day, meeting a friend for dinner or attending any sort of social gathering, there is a very good chance that alcohol will be consumed at some point during the course of the evening.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with having some wine, cocktails or beer over the course of the evening, it's important to drink in moderation, particularly if you plan on driving.

Examining your privacy rights as they relate to your smartphone - II

In our last post, we discussed how the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a historic decision this past summer in Riley v. California, a case examining the extent to which the Fourth Amendment protects our cell phones against unreasonable searches by law enforcement officials.

To recap, the court ruled unanimously that law enforcement must secure a warrant before searching a suspect's phone or other electronic devices. In today's post, we'll continue to examine this important topic, looking at some of the practical implications of Riley.

Do You Have a Right to Cell Phone Privacy

If you ever take a moment to look around you at work, at the store, on the bus or even in your own home, chances are very good that you'll observe the characteristic posture of the smartphone user: head down, one hand held up, and the other hand busy scrolling or typing away.

Indeed, smartphones have become so ubiquitous and such a part of our lives that it's hard to imagine going more than a day without one in your pocket. Consider that statistics show that they roughly nine out of ten adults here in the U.S. own cellphones and that over half of these are smartphones. 

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