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Public Defender Versus Private Attorney: Which Is Best for a DUI Charge?

If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you have an important initial decision to make—should you use the services of a public defender or retain a private DUI attorney? Understanding the differences between the two will help you determine the best route given your circumstances. What Is a Public Defender? You’ve likely hea [...]

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Federal Drug Charges versus State Drug Charges

Florida has a serious drug problem. An estimated 1.2 million Florida residents recently reported using some type of illegal substance. In 2017 alone, the DEA seized approximately 81,197 dosage units of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also called ecstasy. An estimated five Florida residents die daily as a direct result of prescription drug ove [...]

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What Does a DUI Lawyer Do?

If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, you may be wondering what comes next. You are likely also considering whether to retain a criminal defense attorney to assist you with any criminal charges that you may be facing. What exactly does a DUI lawyer do? Is a lawyer worth the expense? Will my lawyer actually help me fight my char [...]

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What Happens When a Juvenile Is Arrested?

When your child is arrested, your heart sinks. No matter how far they’ve gone down a difficult path, they are still your child, and you still want what is best for them. Unfortunately, once your child has been arrested, you know there’s little you can do to help protect them at that moment. Understanding what happens when police arrest a juveni [...]

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You Have an Out-of-State Warrant: Now What?

Out-of-state warrants are more common than you might think and come about for a variety of reasons, some intentionally and others unintentionally. Maybe you had a little too much fun on your Florida vacation and came back with more than a drunken tattoo: a Florida arrest warrant. It can happen to anyone, and probably happens more than one might thi [...]

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What Is Domestic Violence in Florida?

Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans all across the country. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NIPSV) to study the issue. Researchers determined that one in four women and one in seven men had experienced domestic viole [...]

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How Much Does a Good DUI Lawyer Cost?

If you were charged with DUI, you may not know what to do. Should you retain a private lawyer? Most importantly, how much will a good DUI lawyer cost you? Assessing the Cost The cost of a good DUI lawyer will depend on many factors. For example, how complex is your case? Do you want to take your case to trial, or would you prefer to accept a plea [...]

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Ask These Five Questions When Hiring a St. Petersburg DUI Lawyer

After a DUI arrest in St. Petersburg, many defendants assume their lives are over. After all, there’s no need to fight the charges when the officer has such overwhelming evidence, right? In reality, the right attorney can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. Ask these five questions, however, before hiring a lawyer. #1. [...]

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The Pitfalls of Going Pro Se (As Your Own Attorney)

Are you charged with a crime in St. Petersburg? Are you thinking of representing yourself in court? In the United States, you certainly have the right to pro se representation—that is, arguing on your own behalf. However, understand the many risks of going through the criminal justice process without an experienced attorney. Here are some of t [...]

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Standards for Opioid Intoxication When Driving

The opioid crisis is the headline on local and national news every day. Daily, more than 115 people in the United States die after an opioid overdose. Prescription pain pills, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl cause those who are addicted to the drugs to contribute to the rising costs of healthcare, lost productivity, treatment expenses, [...]

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