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FLORIDA DUI PENALTIES AND SENTENCING

If you are arrested for a DUI in the state of Florida, you are facing a serious criminal charge. If convicted of a Florida DUI, your sentence will include numerous conditions such as a fine, jail, driver’s license suspension, impoundment of your car, an ignition interlock device, and probation. DUI convictions can carry serious consequences… Read More »

Criminal Pre-Filing Decision: Don’t Miss Your Window of Opportunity!

An arrest for a crime is just that – an arrest. It’s not a conviction. It means that the arresting officer is of the opinion that there is probable cause to arrest you for the charge. That is not to say that it is an insignificant event. It is significant and important. An arrest is… Read More »

SECTION 2(f): SOLICITING A PROSTITUE IN FLORIDA WILL GET YOU MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR

Within the last few years, the Florida Legislature has significantly increased the penalties for those charged with the crime of soliciting a prostitute under Florida Statute Section 796.07. As a criminal defense attorney, when I get a call from someone faced with this charge, the first thing I do is look to see if they… Read More »

ARRESTED DURING SPRING BREAK? WHAT NOT TO DO!

It’s that time of year again.  Young students and people from all across the country flock to Florida for Spring Break looking to have fun.  However things sometimes get out of hand and they get arrested or cited for a crime.  If you get arrested; don’t make the common mistakes which can impact you for… Read More »

Uninsured Motorist Insurance In Florida: Are You “Fully Covered?”

If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times:  I am fully covered.  Fully covered means different things to different people.  In cases involving automobile accidents with personal injury, unless you carry uninsured motorist coverage, you are NOT fully covered.  In the State of Florida, regarding personal injury claims, drivers are only… Read More »

Florida’s Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Designation: Criminal Traffic Pleas Can Come Back to Haunt You

The Florida Statute Section 322.64 designates Habitual Traffic Offenders (HTO’s) as persons with specified convictions within a 5 year period.  Convictions for such offenses as involuntary manslaughter, DUI, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Death or Personal Injury, or any felony in the commission of which… Read More »

Criminal Pre-Filing Decision: Don’t Miss Your Window of Opportunity!

An arrest for a crime is just that – an arrest.  It’s not a conviction.  It means that the arresting officer is of the opinion that there is probable cause to arrest you for the charge.  That is not to say that it is an insignificant event.  It is significant and important.  An arrest is… Read More »

Non-Cooperative Victim in a Florida Domestic Violence Case

You’ve been arrested in Florida for domestic violence and the victim doesn’t want to prosecute.  The victim may have even filed a Request Not to Prosecute or stated so in open court.  Should you just assume that the charges are going to be dropped?  The short answer is no. Florida Law specifically states that domestic… Read More »

SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER FOR MY FLORIDA DUI ARREST

So you went out one night and had a few too many and you got arrested for DUI.  You sat in jail over night and finally bonded out or got ROR’d the next morning.  You may even have blown over the legal limit.  You feel bad physically from the arrest and spending the night in… Read More »

Domestic Battery in Florida: It’s Not Like Every Other Crime

DOMESTIC BATTERY IN FLORIDA: It’s Not Like Every Other Crime Hard Line Approach  As a practicing criminal defense attorney, I often receive calls from individuals who have either been arrested for domestic batter, or from the “victim” of domestic battery calling on behalf of the arrested person.  More often than not, if it is the “victim”… Read More »