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February 2012 Archives

Arrests After All-Star Weekend in Orlando

The NBA All Star Weekend is now over, and it appears that the big event was a success for many Orlando businesses, restaurants, and hotels. Lots of stars, fans, and families were in town, and formal and informal parties took place all week long. As is sometimes the case with such festive events, of course, there were a few legal problems, and even a few unfortunate arrests. Law enforcement is always vigilant in Florida, and during high-profile events, such as the all star weekend, we often see increased law enforcement staffing and vigilance, along with the increased necessity of criminal defense. 

FDLE Not 100% Sure Its Own DUI Breath Tests Are Valid

111013072747_Faulty-Breathalizers.jpgIf you've been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, you were probably given at least one field sobriety test and a breathalyzer was likely used to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The legal limit in Florida is 0.08; blowing at or above this number means a ride to the police station, a night in jail and a drunk driving criminal charge.

What's Drug Trafficking Really Like in Florida?

The term drug trafficking often makes people think of Miami Vice with cigarette boats, gun battles in the streets and mountains and mountains of drugs. This is very rarely the case. In fact, there does not even have to be an allegation that you are trying to sell drugs to find yourself charged with drug trafficking. Simply possessing an illegal drug in excess of specified quantities is drug trafficking in the State of Florida, even if it is for personal use.

Possible Changes In Store for Florida DUI Law

A new piece of legislation, known as Bill 1810, is currently up for consideration in the Florida Senate. Bill 1810 modifies Florida's current law regarding DUI convictions. The bill was filed by Senator Stephen Wise and may become effective as of July 1, 2012 if the Senate votes to approve it. Florida's current law requires the state to prove a person has engaged in drunk driving based on a blood-alcohol level of .08. Under Bill 1810, a person can be arrested for driving under the influence if his blood-alcohol level is .08 or higher after having operated a motor vehicle. This means, a person can be charged for a driving under the influence after having operated a vehicle as opposed to "while operating a vehicle". 

Fighting in School Leads to Delinquency Tag

one kid putting another kid in a headlockTeenagers do not relate to the problems they are creating when they get into fights in school. Parents are also unaware of just how their child's life may be affected in the future because of battery charges on their child's record. The child's educational and career opportunities may be adversely impacted.

Kids Behind Bars?

Kids are causing trouble today just like they always have, but nowadays our children can find themselves being in arrested, in a precarious situation. What do you do when you receive a phone call from your child's school telling you that they have been taken to the police station? Perhaps you may want to contact an attorney. Kids as young as nine or ten years old could be arrested. Children being charged under the same law as an adult can be frightening. Kids being accused of small offenses such as shoving, or even larger infractions of violence, are entitled to have their Miranda Rights read to them at time of arrest.

After the Super Bowl, Don't Touch Down in Jail for DUI

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, and it's the clash of the Pats and Giants! The Super Bowl is a very popular event for friends and family to get together to enjoy the game. Even those that aren't normally inclined to watch football games may opt to watch the Super Bowl,  if not for the game, the commercials and always extravagant halftime show. For many people, it's also an excuse to enjoy some alcoholic beverages alongside some fun snacks and grilling. Whether at private parties or at bars or restaurants, many Super Bowl viewers will imbibe while they enjoy the game. When the party's over, there are a lot of intoxicated people needing to get home for the night.

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