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How to challenge drunk driving charges in Florida

  • 11
  • September
    2014

Drunk driving is illegal everywhere in Florida; as a result, Central Florida residents understand that there are consequences if they get arrested for driving drunk. As DUI is a common cause of traffic accidents across the country, state lawmakers have created tough drunk driving laws to curb similar accidents. Drivers can only be pulled over for probable cause or they are exhibiting signs of drunkenness or intoxication. If no probable cause exists, however, then there is no reason for authorities to stop a motorist.

If gestured by a Florida police officer to stop your car, it is important that you remain calm and pull over at the next exit or park your vehicle on the shoulder of the road. Officers might have seen a burned out taillight or you may have violated a traffic law, which could be a sign of intoxication. You should put your hands on the steering wheel where officers can see them. During a traffic stop, officers will observe your behavior and check for signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests may ensue and the results of these exams can be used as probable cause to arrest you for drunk driving. Officers also may order you to undergo a breath test to check your blood alcohol content.

What is the meaning of "theft?"

  • 05
  • September
    2014

Orlando, Florida, residents are familiar with the term, "theft," because this term is often heard as the reason for arrest. Theft charges are perhaps one of the most common offenses in Florida and perhaps throughout the United States. Theft is a broad term that basically refers to stealing or taking someone else's property with the intent to deprive that person of that certain property. Those people charged with theft may be interested to know more about theft and the different forms of theft, which can help build a defense against these charges.

A person can be charged with theft if that person took something owned by another person. The intent of the action is also an important element to establish in theft cases. By simply moving or removing property, a person can already be charged with theft. The degree of theft depends on the amount or value of the property. For example, pocketing candy in a sweets store will bring petty theft charges, which is a misdemeanor offense. Stealing a car could bring a charge of grand theft, which is a more serious offense.

Lake County Residents Help Take Down Clermont Drug Ring

  • 04
  • September
    2014

486038781.jpgThere are fewer drugs on the street of Clermont today as a successful four-month investigation has resulted in charges for seventy-four suspected drug dealers. The investigation was named "close to home" after local citizens notified law enforcement of drug activity occurring in local supermarket and restaurant parking lots. After heavy surveillance and several undercover stings deputies had enough evidence to search seven homes where they seized $140,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. They also seized twenty three vehicles, twenty guns and over $30,000 in cash.

Boy's confession leads to his mother's arrest on drug charges

  • 27
  • August
    2014

Law enforcement officers handle drug-related cases every day. Here in Central Florida, local residents are aware that police officers and other law enforcement officers use different methods in gathering reports of possible drug activities. These reports are usually validated and thoroughly investigated to acquire substantial evidence against the accused person. Once police have gathered sufficient evidence, they issue a warrant that can lead to a person's arrest on drug charges. But, a person arrested on drug charges has the right to establish a defense to fight the charges.

In Edgewater, Florida, a young boy's confession led to his mother's arrest on drug-related offenses. Based on a report, a 7-year-old boy told his uncle that his mother was cooking 'something' in the car. The child reportedly asked his uncle to come with him and showed what was inside the car's trunk. The adult male saw what was inside the trunk and he immediately called 911. Police arrived at the scene and discovered drug paraphernalia inside the trunk. The 26-year-old mother of the child was apprehended on drug possession, manufacturing, delivery of meth and child neglect.

Rape: an all too common sex crime

  • 22
  • August
    2014

Central Florida residents know that sex crimes are sensitive topics often involving allegations of lewd conduct by one person toward another. Some of the most common forms of sex crimes are possession of child pornography, sexual assault, online solicitation, prostitution and rape. Each of these offenses comes with unique sentences that can lead to stiff fines and penalties. When a person is charged with a sex crime, it is important for that person to fully understand the nature of the charge. By doing so, the accused will be able to learn how to defend him or herself against the charge.

Rape is one of the most common types of sex crimes. The term rape is defined as unlawful sexual intercourse by one person to another. Perpetrators of rape often force their victims physically in order to commit the sexual act. A person can also be accused of rape if the sexual intercourse occurred when the other party had no physical or mental ability to consent to the act, which mostly happens when the victim is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

More DUI arrests on the way in Florida over Labor Day weekend

  • 17
  • August
    2014

In Florida more DUI arrests on the way over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI task force that will be cnoducted through Labor Day 2014. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Florida Higway Patrol will be on the lookout for Drunk Drivers all over Florida and are assigning all uniformed troopers even those normally assigned to just administrative duties to be on the lookout for DUI drivers.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA DRIVERS?

If you live in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Osceola or Brevard county and you plan on drinking and driving you better have a plan in place to stay sober. Cops and deputies in addition to troopers will be looking to make DUI arrests and will likely be patrolling popular roadways like I4, 408 expressway, alafaya trail, 192, A1A, higway 46, 528 beeline, 417 greenway and other roads near college campuses, downtown orlando, beachside bars in an effort to pull over drunk drivers. 

You know if FHP is out on the roadway then it is likely the Orlando Police Department, Winter Park police, Osceola and Volusia County deputies and other Florida police will be on the lookout. Watch out for small towns like Maitland, Sanford or Celebration, Palm Bay where police have historically arrested citizens for Driving while impaired during the holidays. 

Most importantly, have a plan in place. Dont drink and drive and if you do make sure you do so with super moderation. If you have any doubts at all call a taxi or dowload the UBER application which gets drivers to your location quick and fast. Remember a 100 dollar taxi ride beats a 10,000 dollar DUI arrest after attorney fees, court costs, counseling, fines and rise in insurance rates. 

Look at our old blog post on how to make a plan for avoiding a DUI arrest on labor day for helpful hints. 

Florida's New "Move Over" Law

  • 15
  • August
    2014

Move Over Law in FloridaGet Ready to Move Over.

Most of us are aware of Florida's "move over" law. The law that was originally conceived to keep law enforcement officers and emergency responders safe on the sides of Florida's highways requires motorists to vacate the lane closest to emergency vehicles. If it's not safe to move over, or it's a two-lane roadway, motorists must slow down to a speed at least 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 mph or less, the motorist must slow down to 5 mph or less. Failure to comply with this law could result in a traffic citation for a moving violation carrying a fine of $165 or more and three points on a driver's license.

Edgewater woman faces drunk driving allegations

  • 15
  • August
    2014

Drinking alcohol in Florida and throughout the country is not uncommon. In Orlando, local residents are advised not to hold their steering wheel if they are planning to drink or if they have already consumed alcohol. Failure to do so can lead to drunk driving charges in the event the driver gets pulled over by authorities on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

In the nearby area of Edgewater, a 40-year-old woman was arrested on drunk driving charges after she nearly struck multiple motor vehicles while driving recklessly. According to deputies, the woman was driving with an 8-year-old boy inside the car before she was arrested around 3 a.m. Authorities stated that the woman refused to stop when they first attempted to pull her over. The accused drunk driver reportedly failed during a failed sobriety test. She was charged with DUI and child neglect.

Three people face serious theft charges in south Florida

  • 08
  • August
    2014

The act of taking someone else's property is against the law. Here in Orlando, Florida, local residents are familiar with the different types of theft, including burglary, robbery, shoplifting and credit card theft. These criminal offenses can be prosecuted under both state and federal law, depending on the nature of the offense. Misdemeanor offenses, such as petty theft, can incur minor penalties for the accused, but for theft cases that involve a huge sum of money, severe penalties are usually in order.

In Miami-Dade County, Florida, three people were charged with money laundering, grand theft and organized fraud after Miami-Dade Aviation Department's accountants performed an audit and discovered that an estimated $2 million was missing. According to prosecutors, two of the suspects were handling the money that was being paid by international airlines for flyers who wanted to be booked into the Club America Lounge. However, the suspects allegedly did not deposit the money into the county's aviation department, instead putting the money into their personal accounts. The suspects allegedly used the money to pay off car loans and massive credit card bills, as well as create college tuition accounts.

Driver faces drug charges after car accident in East Manatee

  • 30
  • July
    2014

Drug cases are common in Florida. Local law enforcement agencies, state police and federal agencies work hard to prevent the distribution of prohibited drugs into and around the state. Officials use various methods, such as traffic stops to nab individuals who might be trafficking in drugs, or even just using recreational drugs. Sometimes, drug offenders announce themselves to police when their behavior is influenced by drug use.

In East Manatee recently, a driver was arrested on drug charges after he crashed into a van parked alongside the road, seriously injuring two men. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 46-year-old driver was traveling west on State Road 70 when he rear-ended a parked van, which was being hooked up to a tow truck. The van struck two men standing outside the two vehicles. The driver was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence with serious bodily injury and careless driving.

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