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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

Educator arrested on child pornography allegations in Orlando

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  • July
    2014

A criminal charge is the result of an investigation into any wrongdoing or illegal activity. Here in Central Florida, readers know that local authorities are always investigating reports of possible illegal activities in order to keep local residents safe. Each criminal charge may fall into different categories such as misdemeanor, felony or a federal offense. Each charge is unique and can lead to different punishments if the accused person is convicted.

In Orlando, Florida, a 42-year-old elementary school teacher was taken into custody on child pornography charges. Based on a report, an undercover FBI agent received six videos and 141 pictures showing juvenile sexual abuse from the accused. Authorities then issued a search warrant and found thousands of child pornographic images on the teacher's computer. Authorities also discovered an image that depicted a young boy who was being sexually abused by the teacher. The teacher was charged with receipt, distribution, production and possession of child pornography.

Traveling to Meet a Child Bust

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  • July
    2014

Operation Cyber Child III concluded on Monday, June 30th, and yielded some considerable results for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. 16 men were arrested as a result of the undercover operation focusing on adults travelling to meet minors to engage in sexual activity as well as adults who possess child pornography.

Sex crime investigation leads to arrest of 16 in Orlando

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  • July
    2014

Lewd conduct or any form of malicious intent toward another person is not tolerated in the state of Florida. Here in Central Florida, law enforcement officers often conduct investigations and entrapment operations to prevent sex crimes, such as rape, prostitution and possession of child pornography. Authorities also aim to protect children from sexual predators who are soliciting sex on the Internet.

In Orlando, Florida, police apprehended 16 people, including employees from Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, for allegedly travelling to meet underage boys and girls to engage in sexual activity. Based on a report, the defendants allegedly used the Internet to lure the children. Some of the accused faced possession of child pornography charges while others were charged with wanting to have sex with underage children. Police officers said they will continue to conduct numerous investigations to protect children from sexual predators. Authorities are also targeting individuals who may be involved in the production or distribution of child pornography.

Former YMCA employee arrested on grand theft charge

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  • July
    2014

Theft - taking someone else's money or property - is often a betrayal of personal trust. As is the case with many state laws, Florida law distinguishes theft as petty or grand based on the amount involved and the way it was taken. Both types of theft charges come with their own unique penalties that are imposed when a person is convicted of the charge. Beyond the criminal penalties, however, social stigma is often attached to someone who has betrayed the trust of others.

A 49-year-old Ocala woman could soon be experiencing this after her recent arrest for grand theft. According to the Ocala Police Department, the woman allegedly stole over $10,000 in course of performing her job as a membership consultant and office staffer at the local YMCA. When YMCA directors discovered the theft, they fired the woman and contacted police.

Woman faces charges including attempted murder

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  • July
    2014

Criminal charges often result if a person commits an illegal act in the state or in the country. In Orlando, Florida, residents understand that each criminal offense carries a unique set of penalties, which may include jail time, fines, probation and other negative consequences. Some charges fall into the misdemeanor category, while others are felonies. A criminal offense can be prosecuted in either a state or federal court, depending on the severity and nature of the offense. A person accused of a crime will need to present a strong defense to avoid the serious repercussions of a conviction.

Recently, one woman was arrested for hit-and-run, child neglect and attempted murder in Orlando, Florida. Based on a report, the accused woman was driving a sports utility vehicle when she crashed into a fence after she swerved her vehicle and attempted to hit the father of her children. The driver then fled the scene of the crash. According to authorities, after searching for the SUV, they found the accused woman fighting with another woman. Police also discovered the woman's three children inside the vehicle, aged two months, one year and three years. Additionally, her three children were not wearing their safety harnesses.

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