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Forced Blood Draws for DUI – Implications of Missouri v. McNeely,

DUI Stuart Treasure Coast

Supreme Court’s ruling in McNeely will have lasting impact on DUI Investigations

Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on forced blood draws in the context of DUI investigations.  Prior to that ruling, some police jurisdictions were forcing people that were suspected of driving under the influence to give blood by literally jamming a needle under their skin when they refused to give a breath test.  Law enforcement in Indian River County, on Florida’s Treasure Coast has done this on several occasions.  In the McNeely case, the State of Missouri sought a bright line rule stating that in a DUI, blood may always be taken without a warrant because of the immediate threat that evidence would be destroyed as the body naturally goes through its process of eliminating alcohol… Continue reading

What is a Stuart Florida DUI?

Stuart Florida DUI

In Stuart Florida DUI is across the board one of the most heavily enforced and prosecuted laws.  A Stuart Florida DUI is Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.  You can get a Stuart Florida DUI, even if you are not driving, as long as you are in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.  Actual Physical Control could even include sleeping in a vehicle with the engine on or the keys in the ignition.  The State Attorney’s Office and the local Martin County judges take Stuart Florida DUI very seriously.

Get an Experienced  Stuart Florida DUI Lawyer

It is important to hire a competent and experienced trial lawyer if you feel that you are Not Guilty of a Stuart Florida DUI, because it is very rare that a Stuart Florida DUI case gets dropped… Continue reading

Obscure Traffic Law Alert!

Traffic Law Violation

Be sure to come to a complete stop, or you are committing a traffic law violation even without a stop sign.

In case you didn’t know, it is a traffic law infraction to cross a sidewalk without stopping first with all four tires when leaving a parking lot – even if there is no stop sign.  This traffic law is a civil infraction, which means you can’t go to jail for it, but you can be fined.  And, it is a reason for an officer to pull you over and investigate whether he thinks anything fishy is going on.

Just last week here in Martin County, a local DUI and traffic law judge sentenced a man to a $500 penalty for crossing a sidewalk without stopping first. It was late at night and there was no vehicle or pedestrian traffic on… Continue reading

RJ Ferraro III, Criminal Lawyer and Blog Author

RJ Ferraro, III, Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

RJ Ferraro, III, has been a criminal defense lawyer serving clients in and around Florida’s Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches since 2001.  His practices is focused on representing individuals charged with crimes in both State and Federal Court.  RJ has  handled everything from routine traffic tickets to capital felonies.

Despite the fact that the law is constantly changing, ignorance is never a defense. With that in mind, the purpose of this blog is to discuss the issues that continue to re-surface on a consistent basis, and to answer many of the simple questions that people charged with a crime often contemplate.

If you are charged with a crime, the attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL in Stuart, Florida are here for you.

Contact the Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL today to set up… Continue reading