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Searches and Seizures at DUI Traffic Stops

Anyone who has stumbled upon a DUI checkpoint or seen flashing blue and red lights in their rear view mirror, and has had a few drinks, is probably concerned. They’re worried about all the bad things that could happen if they’re charged with a DUI. They could spend time in jail, pay fines, lose their license, or even their job. Anytime anyon [...]

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Marijuana Use and Driving: Standards for DUI in Florida

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States, yet testing for it in a driving under the influence (DUI) situation is challenging for law enforcement. No industry standards currently exist for measuring marijuana intoxication levels. While recreational marijuana is not legal in Florida, medical marijuana use according to [...]

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Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

While refusing a field sobriety test is an option for a driver in Florida, doing so is an important decision that carries certain risks. When law enforcement makes a stop for suspicion of drunk driving, the driver will be asked to perform certain tests, and how they react to the officer’s commands during the tests can have a significant impact [...]

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Cell Phone Privacy Rights: What You Need to Know

In less than a generation, cell phones have gone from being rare luxuries for the wealthy to almost universal. Cell phones now keep people connected to the world around us and to one another. These handheld devices contain huge amounts of sensitive and personal data, and password protection is used by most people to safeguard their privacy. However [...]

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Are DUI Checkpoints and Roadblocks Legal?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime that endangers everyone who shares the roads. If you are a driver, you may have experienced being sidelined by a DUI checkpoint. Officers may use checkpoints and stop every passing vehicle to screen drivers, or they may just stop some objective pattern of vehicles, such as every fifth vehicle. [...]

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Should I Tell My Lawyer Everything? Attorney-Client Privilege Explained

If you watch crime dramas on television, you may have heard something about “attorney-client privilege.” However, you might not really know what it means, or when it actually applies. Attorney-client privilege should not be confused with confidentiality. All attorneys have an ethical duty to protect the confidentiality of their clients, whil [...]

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Understanding Risk Protection Orders in Florida

Under Florida law, if an officer deems an individual poses a risk to themselves or others, that individual can receive a risk protection order. The risk protection order law was passed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, and it aims to help reduce firearm threats and decrease violent shootings throughout Florida. Just in Pinellas C [...]

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What Is Identity Theft?

It is important to understand what qualifies as identity theft, especially when it comes to online transactions, employment, and relationships. Perhaps you have shared your own or used the information of a relative or friend in the past, maybe in an attempt to help them, but in fact, you may have unwittingly committed a crime. Knowing how to protec [...]

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What Happens If I Get a DUI Out-of-State?

Most Floridians have been to or will visit other states for business, vacation, or family reasons. Perhaps you went to visit relatives for a holiday, gone somewhere like New York City or Las Vegas for a fun trip, or had to attend a professional conference for work. In any of these scenarios, it would not be unusual for drinking to be part of the [...]

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5 Dos and Don’ts for Your Criminal Case

If you were arrested and are facing criminal charges, you may feel frightened about what will happen next, and worried about your future. It is obviously an inherently stressful situation, but how you handle yourself in the coming days and weeks may impact the outcome of your case. Here are a few helpful tips: Do: Consult Your Attorney Before Talk [...]

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