If you are down in Florida for vacation and you get arrested what are your options?
I have had clients ask me if there is any difference between the DUI they were arrested for and an offer to resolve the case with a plea to a reckless driving. The answer is yes there is a big difference. For one you wont have a DUI on your driving record and employers and insurance companies will view a reckless driving differently than they would a DUI. Additionally there is typically no drivers license suspension with a reckless driving and the penalties could be less.
Many people who get habitualized for 5 years do not do anything to fix the situation and either do not drive or get arrested for driving under the suspension. There may be a way to fix it and remove the 5 year habitual suspension. I have helped many drivers with this situation and have saved them from this HTO status.
I have noticed an increase in arrests because of the I-phone and I-pad tracking applications. There is a find my phone application that people and police are using to locate criminals who are stealing these items along with other things in burglary and theft cases.
As regular readers of this blog are likely aware, one of the numerous consequences for a sex crime conviction is sex offender registration. This action could prompt some accused individuals in the Orlando area to seek alternative ways of dealing with the sex crime charge other than a trial. Recently one young woman facing a felony sex crime charge did just that. She accepted a deal that keeps her from having to register as a sex offender.
A flight attendant who was working a flight into Orlando recently likely received a surprise she was not prepared for. She was arrested by federal agents for bringing heroin into the country from Columbia. The discovery of the drugs was made by customs officers during a routine screening. According to the criminal complaint, the heroin, which was packaged in such a way to make it appear like chocolate, was supposed to be given to a man residing in Orlando. In exchange for transporting the drugs she would be paid.
If you are a student at UCF and you have been arrested for anything you can be subject to school discipline and criminal charges that you have to go to court for. Do not go to court alone, hire a criminal defense attorney to help assist you.
As a Criminal Law attorney we are always researching new laws that take effect every legislative session and an interesting one that has been talked about for years finally took effect this year. Texting while driving is now a traffic offense effective October 1, 2013. If you are stopped and the cop has probable cause that you were texting while operating the motor vehicle you will receive a civil penalty. The more you get stopped for this infraction the higher the penalty is.