Florida Family Law
If you are arrested for DUI you need to act fast to preserve your right to drive and to minimize the impact the criminal case has on your life. This includes calling a skilled DUI defense attorney for help right away; because the clock starts ticking the minute you are given a DUI ticket. While every case is unique, there are some things that every DUI defendant should do as their first few steps, these are explained below.
Five of the most frequently asked questions about DUI cases, and what you need to know now include:
- Will I lose my license? When you are arrested for DUI your driver’s license is taken, and you are given a paper license to use temporarily…very temporarily. In order to have your driving privileges reinstated in full or in… Continue reading
It might seem easy enough to find an attorney to help you when you need, because all you have to do is enter some key terms into a search engine, right? While that method will certainly get you a lot of “hits”, it takes a little more digging to make sure the attorney you put your trust in is the right attorney for the job. Referrals from friends and family members are always helpful, but doing some checking of your own will help to satisfy your personal concerns and give you the peace of mind needed when faced with a legal issue. This is especially true if the legal issue you face is of the criminal nature, because your independence can be put at risk.
Three things to know about your defense attorney and in particular a DUI defense attorney are:
- The level of experience:… Continue reading
With so much information out there about nearly everything, it can be easy to think you have all the knowledge you need to tackle a particular problem. But when it comes to legal matters, consulting with an experienced attorney in the area of interest is always best. Think about it like this, you might be able to look up how to remove an appendix, but you wouldn’t try to do it by yourself. One area of the law where information seems endless is the area of DUI defense. Nearly everyone knows what BAC stands for, and that if you are caught driving with a BAC over the legal limit you can be arrested for DUI. But did you also know that when a DUI arrest is made, the driver’s license is revoked on the scene. This revocation can last for quite a while, but… Continue reading
Almost every couple that has gotten married, has acquired stuff…. Everything from homes, businesses, cars and boats, right down to the last spaghetti pot and coffee mug must be divided in the event of a divorce. And if you and your spouse can’t figure out amongst yourselves how to divide the marital property, a divorce judge will ultimately make that decision. The good news is that the law says that the judge must make an equitable division of marital property. The bad news is that “equitable” does not always mean “equal,” and a judge has a lot of discretion in deciding what is fair. Once a decision is made it will stand, unless the judge clearly abused his discretion in coming to the result. But before marital property is split, the judge must determine what is marital property,… Continue reading
If you have ever spent any time at the beach you know that you leave a footprint in the sand for every step you take, and that as soon as the tide rolls in your footprint is erased. But in real life it is not as easy to remove all traces of where you have been and what you have done. For instance, if you are arrested for a crime or receive a traffic ticket, there is a record of that event that can be pulled up by the authorities with the click of the mouse. Depending on the severity of the charges, you might find yourself in hot water with the police if you are pulled over for another infraction. However, there are ways you can “erase” previous charges, but you have to qualify for the process. The procedure is referred to as records… Continue reading
Every U.S. citizen is given a social security number at birth, and this number stays with you your entire life. This is the number the government uses to identify you for things like paying taxes, applying for student loans, and can be linked to any criminal history record you have acquired. Other important forms of identification include your birth certificate, passport, and driver’s license. All of these things are needed when leaving the country, or getting on an airplane. If you do not have the proper identification when asked to present same, you can be detained and not allowed to travel or continue a trip you have already started. The inability to move freely from state to state, or to get on a cruise ship or take a flight to another location seriously hampers your freedom. But if you have misplaced your license or… Continue reading
Any time the red and blue lights of a police patrol car come into focus in your rearview mirror, you might be inclined to panic. Getting pulled over for a traffic violation is not only inconvenient; it can lead to harmful consequences as far as your ability to drive is concerned. Depending on the type of citation you receive, the punishment can include imprisonment and loss of your driver’s license. With a DUI you might also face other punishments or be made to participate in certain educational courses in order to resolve the case against you.
One of the scariest thoughts that might run through your mind if you are getting pulled over and have been drinking is that you could be arrested for DUI. In any traffic stop, but especially if there is a chance you might be asked to submit to… Continue reading
Most people think that getting a speeding or other traffic ticket is a minor matter, and that the best course of action is to pay the fine without putting up much of a fight. But if you decide to simply pay the ticket without doing more, you run the risk of accumulating harmful points on your driving record and will likely see an increase in your auto insurance rates. In order to avoid these harsh consequences, the better approach is to take an aggressive stand and fight the ticket. In many instances the charge can be reduced, which may also mean the fine is lower and the incident is not noted on your record. In order to make a decision about which type of approach is best for you, it is helpful to know what type of ticket you are facing. When determining the best… Continue reading
It is no secret the prisons are too full, and that many of those behind bars could better benefit from rehabilitation or other program aimed at putting an end to criminal activity. The problem is that some of the sentencing laws are so strict, that even the most non-violent offender can end up serving time. The debate on how to fix this problem has been ongoing for quite some time, and it seems that there may be some relief around the corner.
President Obama has backed legislation that would reduce or eliminate sentences for non-violent drug offenders. US News reports on the issue, and outlines three ways a non-violent drug offender may benefit from this new law if it passes:
- An inmate’s sentence might be shortened by 10 days, for every 30 days the inmate spends in a rehabilitation program.
- The end portion of a… Continue reading
On the other side of the country a couple of states have legalized the use of marijuana. The issue is current, and one that makes the news on a regular basis. Questions about whether the tax revenue raised from marijuana sales have significantly increased the money in the state’s coffers, and whether driving after smoking is the same as driving after drinking are frequently asked. But there is another issue that is making its way to the spotlight, and that is the issue of the impact of smoking and drinking at the same time. More specifically, opponents of marijuana legalization claim mixing the two can be deadly to the user or to other motorists if the user drives after mixing these substances.