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Is Possession of a Controlled Substance a Crime in Florida?

In Florida, there is no such thing as a minor drug charge. In many cases, a conviction could lead to jail time, fines, and a host of other life-changing consequences. Fortunately, if you were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, you will still have a chance to defend yourself and fight the charges you’re facing.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the state’s possession laws, common penalties, and how an attorney might be able to […]

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5 Important FAQs about DUIs in Florida

When one drink turns into a few too many, and you decide to get behind the wheel, there’s always a chance you might be stopped, arrested, and charged with a DUI. So, what happens next? Few—if any of us—are prepared for this scenario, so it’s likely you have many questions about the charges you are facing. In this article, we answer common FAQs about DUIs in Florida:
1. Is There a Difference between a DUI and Drunk Driving?
In Florida, a […]

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Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test During a Florida DUI Stop?

Picture this: You’re stopped by a police officer who claims that you were swerving on the road. Maybe you drank a few beers before getting behind the wheel, so you’re not sure if you’re over—or under—the legal limit. As such, you may be wondering if you can refuse a breathalyzer test to avoid getting arrested.
However, in Florida, you are legally obligated to consent to breath, blood, and urine testing on the road. Refusing to blow can result in serious […]

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Will I Go to Jail for My First DUI?

If were arrested for driving under the influence for the first time, you likely have many questions about the charges you’re facing. A quick internet search will turn up hundreds of horror stories of motorists slapped with jail time, steep fines, and lengthy license suspensions. This should come as no surprise as Florida is a zero-tolerance state when it comes to drunk driving.
In this article, we explore common consequences for a DUI offense and explain how a criminal defense […]

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What are the Penalties for Solicitation for Prostitution in Florida?

In Florida, the gloves are off for anyone caught soliciting a prostitute. Not only do law enforcement officers conduct regular sting operations throughout the state, but lawmakers have also imposed strict penalties for those caught violating the law.
Punishments can range from community service, educational classes, and mandatory fines to jail time and lengthy probationary periods. In this article, we will look at some of these penalties in closer detail and discuss how an attorney may be able to help […]

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What Charges Can Be Expunged in Florida?

As criminal records are easy to access in the state, a criminal charge could haunt you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, Florida’s laws allow certain individuals to have their records sealed or expunged. However, to start on a clean slate you will have to meet certain criteria; namely, you cannot have prior convictions and you can only make use of this privilege once in your lifetime.
Sealing and expunging serve similar purposes as they will both prevent the […]

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Will I Go to Jail for Boating under the Influence (BUI) In Florida?

With millions of tourists flocking to Florida’s beaches to enjoy the sun and sail the sea, the state has imposed strict laws on those heading for open water. Just like getting behind the wheel, it’s illegal to operate a boat while over the legal blood alcohol limit. As such, if you’re caught boating under the influence, you can expect to face harsh penalties, including time behind bars.
However, a charge doesn’t mean you will be convicted. In fact, a skilled […]

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4 Ways a DUI Could Impact Your Life

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that carries harsh penalties such as jail time, fines, and community service. However, the full ramifications of a conviction aren’t counted in hours, days, or even months; some consequences could linger around for years or even decades to come. Whether it’s struggling to find work, apply for loans, or renting an apartment, a DUI could haunt you for the rest of your life.
Fortunately, it is possible to fight your charges and—in […]

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How Soon After a DUI Arrest Should I Call an Attorney?

If you were arrested for driving under the influence, it’s wise to call an attorney as soon as possible. Even if you think the prosecutor doesn’t have enough evidence to convict you—or you’re assuming a conviction is inevitable because of the evidence they do have—you’re going to want a strategic criminal defense lawyer by your side. Chances are they can do a lot more than you realize.
No matter what the facts of the case are, an attorney will help […]

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What Are the Penalties for Multiple DUI Convictions in Florida?

When a quick drink turns into one too many, getting behind the wheel is a serious mistake that could haunt you for the rest of your life. If you’re pulled over and found to be over the legal limit, you’ll face harsh penalties such as fines and even jail time. However, what if this isn’t your first DUI? Unfortunately, multiple offenses will only multiply your problems.
In this article, we will take a look at the penalties you might face […]

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