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One Big Difference Between A Probation Violation Hearing And Other Criminal Case Hearings

Because most criminal cases are potentially resolved by sentencing the defendant to jail, and because most criminal defendants want to stay out of jail, going on probation is a popular way to resolve many matters. The beauty of agreeing to a term of probation is that you get to stay out of jail, but still have to do certain things that the State considers as punishment. But not everyone is able to comply with the terms of their probation, and so sometimes probation is revoked due to a violation that has been committed. If you are charged with a probation violation you will have hearing and be made to answer for the violation, but this hearing is not like any of the other hearings you have been to for other criminal charges.

One way the hearing for a violation of probation is different from… Continue reading

Four Things To Know About Florida DUI’s

DUI cases can be complex, because they involve more than just a criminal charge against you. There is also the possibility that you will lose your license, but with the right attorney on your side, you can have the chance to get at least a limited right to drive. This part of a DUI case is the most important to the large majority of DUI defendants, because when your right to drive is taken away so are many of your freedoms. In order to get the best result possible in your DUI case, let a knowledgeable defesne attorney help.

Four things to know about a Florida DUI that will help you to tackle the challenge of defending the case against you are:

  • Upon arrest you will have to spend some time in jail, most times the amount of time spent is approximately 8 hours.
  • Your… Continue reading

The Top Five DUI Penalties

Driving under the influence can have serious consequences, so if you have been arrested for DUI you need to know what you are facing. Some of the punishments might be expected, such as having to go on probation and maybe having an interlock device installed in your car during that time. But there are other penalties that could be imposed, and if you have been charged with DUI the first step towards putting together an effective defense is to know what you are up against.

The top five, and most common DUI penalties for a first time offender are:

  • A financial fine of up to $2,000.00. The exact amount will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, one of the most important of those circumstances being the level of your BAC. The higher the BAC, the more you can expect to pay in fines.… Continue reading

Five Things To Do If You Are Arrested For DUI

Being arrested for DUI is a serious thing, and can have a significant impact on your daily routine. One of the things that goes along with a DUI arrest is the suspension of your driver’s license. You do have the right to ask for a modified right to drive, but if you are not granted this request you will be left without a license for a while. This can cause serious disruptions to your day, because without a license you will not be able to drive to the places you need to go. Being arrested for DUI can also have an emotional impact, and it is only natural to wonder what you should say or do if you are pulled over and questioned about where you have been and whether you have been drinking.

Five things to do if you are arrested for DUI,… Continue reading

Two Ways To Go To Jail For Driving Without A License

In order to take the wheel of a car you have to have a driver’s license. But not everyone is able to pass the test, or perhaps your license has been suspended and you still need to get around so you take a chance and drive yourself to work or school. In instance, driving without a license or driving while your license is suspended, you can be convicted of a crime and face potential jail time. There are a few things you need to know about these kinds of cases, including how to defend them and how you might find yourself in a tight spot for driving when you are not supposed to be driving.

One way to wind up without a driver’s license is to simply never take the driver’s test, in that instance your crime is driving without a license if you go… Continue reading

Three Consequences Of Violating Probation

Agreeing to go on probation is one of the most popular ways to resolve criminal cases. The way it works is that if you follow all of the terms and conditions of your probation, at the end of the term you will receive the benefit of your bargain. Most times the bargain is that if you are successful on probation, the charges against you will either be dismissed or reduced. And the best part of going on probation is that you get to server out a sentence without having to spend any time in jail. This scheme is desirable to most criminal defendants, but not everyone is able to abide by the rules and violations of probation happen all the time. The consequences can be severe, but with a little work you can stay on track and avoid committing a violation.

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Three Circumstances That Allow You To Clear Your Record

Having a criminal record can cause you to miss out on a job opportunity, make it hard to get into school, or might even prevent you from being able to rent a car. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, there are things you can do to after the fact to keep your record clean. But not every case is right for an expungement of the record, so before you dive in and ask the Court to seal your record, you should take the steps necessary to determine if you qualify. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help.

Three circumstances that allow you to clear your record under Florida law include the following:

  • A dismissal of the charges filed against you. If you were charged, but those charges were later dropped you can ask that your record be cleared of the charges.… Continue reading

Three DUI Defense Tactics That Might Lead To Reduced Charges

Being charged and convicted of a DUI can lead to severe consequences. For instance, you might see an increase in your auto insurance rates and you might lose your right to drive. If you are on a tight budget, even a minor increase in your monthly expenses can throw your finances off track and if you are not able to drive the problem is only compounded because you might not be able to get work on time. This combination of possibilities can be hard to mentally digest, but the sooner you accept what might happen, the quicker you can develop a defense. One effective defense strategy is to try and get the charges against you reduced, so the impact of the charges against you goes down.

Three DUI defense tactics that might lead to a reduction in the charges include:

Three Ways To Avoid A DUI While On Vacation In Florida

Florida has many popular vacation destination spots, and nearly every one of them has bars and restaurants. And, we all know that when people go on vacation, there is a good chance that eating out and drinking will be part of the plans. But, even though you are away from home, you still have transportation needs. So, it is just as possible to get a DUI while on vacation in Florida as it is when you are at home. If that happens, you have to take steps to protect your rights and make sure that you are able to manage your case from a distance, or make plans while on vacation that could help you avoid an out of state DUI all together.

Three ways to avoid a DUI while on vacation in Florida are:

Three Differences Between DUI And BUI

Florida is full of opportunities to take to the beaches, and spend time on the water. Many times this includes driving a boat or other watercraft, and often times alcohol is involved when people gather to participate in these types of recreational activities. So it is only natural to wonder if you can get “pulled over” for boating under the influence and if so, if this type of case is similar to a DUI case. While some of the elements of a DUI are also present in a BUI (boating under the influence), there are some differences that you need to know if your plans involve water related activities.

The BUI statute defines a BUI as an incident where a boat or watercraft is being operated by a person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more. This is the same legal limit that… Continue reading