People continue to flock to the Sunshine State because of its natural beauty, beaches, culture, warm climate, and a multitude of things to see and do. After the particularly high rates of violent crime in the eighties and nineties, Florida’s dangerous reputation has become more of a perception than a fact. However, there is still quite a bit of work to be done before Florida gets removed from...Read More
Although drunk driving is always a serious offense, first time offenders are often ordinary people with no criminal history. For this reason, DUI penalties are strict enough to discourage future offenses but not so strict that they completely alter the individual’s life. However, second, third, and fourth offenses are considered less of a “mistake” and more of a habitual...Read More
Under Florida law, simply being intoxicated in public is not a crime. This is in contrast to the laws in a handful of other states that do impose punishment for public intoxication. Florida law states:
“No person in the state shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall be intoxicated or drink any alcoholic beverage in a public...Read More
When facing criminal charges in Florida, you need an experienced and aggressive defense attorney on your side. But, how do you choose the best lawyer for your case? Here are some suggestions for things to look for in your criminal defense attorney.A Long Record of Successful Criminal DefenseWhen you are choosing a criminal defense lawyer, you want someone who has been there before. While...Read More
If you are like most people who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), one of your biggest concerns is understanding the punishment you are likely to face if convicted. In Florida, there are actually a number of factors that can affect your sentence.
These include: your age, DUI history and blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest, and whether any of various...Read More
When you receive a DUI conviction, you are likely to face fines, court costs, suspension of your driver’s license, probation, and maybe even jail time. You may also be required to attend alcohol school, seek treatment, and install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. While this may seem like more than enough punishment already, there is yet another consequence to getting caught...Read More