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Parents Beware of Your Kids on Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights LogoHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is an amazing experience for parents and kids alike. Between September and November, Universal transforms itself at night into a land of haunted houses, crazy street experiences and some excellent shows. Tons of teenagers and young college kids love going to this event and it truly is a unique experience. On the other hand, over the years some kids and young adults have gotten out of control or have broken laws and have been arrested for theft, or trespass without warning.

Florida Changes DUI Administrative Hearing Process

As of July 1, 2013 Florida drivers arrested for DUI will face a hard choice. For the longest time, DUI suspects would face an administrative suspension of their license from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicle Review. A driver could challenge the suspension with or without a lawyer at a formal review hearing. If a Florida driver arrested for DUI challenged the administrative suspension and won, they would get their license back and the suspension would not show up on their driving record. If the person lost the administrative hearing, they would lose their license for six months if they took and failed the breath test, and one year if they refused the breath test. This was also eighteen months for a second or more refusal.

Another Fourth of July on Its Way

Fourth of July Weekend

fourth of july fireworksWith the 4th of July only a few days away, people are planning their first holiday of the summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day are also huge holidays that bracket summer vacations, but Independence Day is a nationwide holiday where most families are off school and work. Since the Fourth falls on Thursday this year, many employers are giving their employees Friday off as well, which means a four day weekend. AAA predicts almost 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home to celebrate Independence Day. Orlando is Top Destination

Every year over 55 million visitors travel into central Florida, and most of them spend time in Orlando. The Fourth of July weekend, and the following two weeks are the peak season for Orlando tourism, and reports that Orlando is the top destination for July 3-7, 2013. The managing director of the Hyatt Regency, Paul Tang, is enthusiastic about having a great season this year. He comments that bookings for the hotel are strong. Orlando is a fantastic destination because there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday when planning ahead. 

John Goodman Goes Back to Court in August

The DUI Conviction of Multi-million Dollar Mogul John Goodman A DUI trial can be complicated, as the DUI manslaughter case of John Goodman proves last year in 2012. It is so important to have a skilled and experienced criminal defense DUI attorney to represent your case, if something like this should happen, so your rights are completely protected. John Goodman, a Palm Beach Polo Club owner and is standing in line for a tremendous inheritance was charged and convicted in May of 2012 for DUI manslaughter when he smashed his Bentley in the vehicle that killed 23 year old Scott Patrick in Wellington. Patrick was killed at the scene, and Goodman went to trial and was, and sentenced to 16 years in prison. His attorneys have been extremely busy this year, and Goodman has been granted a retrial in August, 2013. The First Trial Antics Leading to a Second The first trial, in May 2012, would have been legal, cut and dry, if it weren't for a particular juror that many say lied to get on the jury. Dennis Demartin from Delray Beach came to the trial with another agenda in mind, and he often made the courtroom his private circus. 

Have Another Safe Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who have lost their lives in the service of our country. To many it represents the first day of summer. Most people however, look at Memorial Day as a day off of work and school and the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Whether you decide to spend Memorial Day at the beach, having a BBQ in the back yard, or enjoying one of the many theme parks in Orlando, remember that drinking and driving should not be a part of your celebration. This is the simplest and most effective piece of advice for a safe and happy holiday. 

Will Law Enforcement Soon Use Breath Tests for Drug Use?

Breath test devices are notoriously unreliable. They are consistently challenged in court cases involving individuals suspected of driving under the influence (DUI). Even so, American law enforcement officials may soon embrace a newly created breath device that allegedly detects a dozen different kinds of controlled substance use. If so, breath test challenges could soon become a fixture of cases involving drug offenses as well as DUI offenses.

DUI Breath Testing Challenge Rescheduled For February 5th

Intoxilyzer 8000 breath testerThe Florida Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments this week over a challenge to the breathalyzer used to test for alcohol levels of three defendants. The trial judge had originally ruled that the manufacturer of the breathalyzers had to turn over the software used in the machine, so the defendants could to examine it for accuracy. The 5th District court of Appeals quashed the ruling of the trial judge, and this led to the Florida Supreme Court agreeing to hear the case. Oral arguments have been rescheduled for February 5th. The breathalyzer that is under a microscope is the Intoxilyzer 8000. This model of breathalyzer is made by CMI, a company that is headquartered in the state of Kentucky and has been used by law enforcement for many years. However, this is the problem for many defendants. The machine is an old design and is built with components that are seldom used in electronic circuits today.

Cocoa Beach Recruits New Part-time Law Enforcement on Beaches

cocoa beach police car at sceneBrevard County has recently adopted a new program within their law enforcement of their beaches, which may or may not be indicative of how other beaches around America could handle minor law infractions. To handle the huge crowds that go to Cocoa Beach, the county has hired eight part-timers to enforce minor infractions like drinking on the beach, glass bottles and illegal grilling. They are called Beach Rangers, and they are on duty every weekend from 7am to 7pm to issue warnings for these offenses. If incidents get out of hand, or those warned get belligerent, the Beach Rangers are in close contact with the CBPD who would then take over. 

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