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May 2014 Archives

Challenging blood evidence after a DUI arrest in Florida

Being charged for driving under the influence of alcohol can completely disrupt a person's life. At a moment's notice, a person may suddenly have to worry about the possibility of jail time, thousands of dollars worth of fines, losing the ability to drive and facing professional repercussions.

Dog Fighting Bust

Just when you thought "dog fighting" was over with, a case like this pops up to remind you how serious a legal issue it can be. And you don't even need to say Michael Vick's name fast three times for it to happen.

Life in prison for fatal stabbing

Jared Remy, who is the son of Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy, pleaded guilty today to first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his girlfriend. This horrible event happened last year while the couple's four-year-old daughter screamed for help and three neighbors had to stop Remy. 

Indecent Exposure charge comes with stigma

Being accused of "indecent exposure" and the term "social stigma" go hand in hand. A sex crime, like being charged for indecent exposure, seems to be tried in the court of public opinion before the accused ever has their day in court. When news breaks of an arrest of this nature, it can become the news of the day and something family and friends have to suffer through.

DUI checkpoints on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is all about traditions. BBQs, vacation, honoring our troops...and DUI checkpoints. Just this weekend alone in the Orlando, Central Florida area there have been over 100 car accidents that may be linked to alcohol use and also over 50 people have been arrested for DUI.

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Major Drug Trafficking Bust

Orlando MBI (Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation) have charged 18 people for drug trafficking. This all came about after a lengthy investigation was conducted by the bureau. Officials say four of the suspects have been looked at closely for several months, possibly as early since November of 2013. Central Florida law enforcement agencies worked together for this investigation and successful bust inside Orange County. They have singled out the ring leader of the suspected drug trafficking organization. The suspect has been arrested on felony charges 27 times and four times for misdemeanor crimes. Authorities say many of the suspects charged have violent criminal histories. The "kingpin" is facing 10 charges related to drug trafficking alone, as well as the illegal possession of a firearm.

Orange County law enforcement releases underage DUI data

Young people are under a tremendous amount of pressure to fit in. Not only that, but youth often lack the sound judgment that comes from life experience. The unfortunate reality is that a singular youthful mistake can have a lifetime of consequences.

Probation violations

You would be surprised at how many probation violations occur during one day in court. Defense attorneys are always making jail visits to consult with their clients who have been arrested on charges of violating their probation. A lot of these involve violating terms of community control...also known as, "house arrest".

Reading More Than Palms

Sanford, FL police arrested a man who groped several women while "reading their palms" outside of a Walmart. Police say the man approached women in the parking lot and would either ask to read their palm, or in some cases, just grab their hands and started reading it. Before the women knew it, he had slipped his hands into their shirts. Officers became suspicious after receiving calls from two different women. One of the women had her little child there.

Jim Irsay's case is unlike many others

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on March 17 for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He is still facing four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He also had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested. 

Getting a license reinstated after a DUI conviction in Florida

Among the many consequences associated with a conviction for driving under the influence, losing the ability to legally drive may be the most damaging. After all, many people rely on their vehicles to get to work or bring the children to school. A single lapse in judgment could put these responsibilities in jeopardy.

Man sentenced for child porn

Distributing child pornography or any document that could harm the dignity of a minor comes with devistating legal punishment. Federal law enforcement officials often monitor online activity of adults whom they suspect to be accessing or distributing child pornography. Residents are shocked to find their homes raided and themselves arrested following suspected child pornography crimes and computer crimes. 

784.048

Most people think of the term "stalking" as someone harrassing another person in the flesh. FL Statute 784.048 says differently.

Reckless Driving lawmaker

When you hear the term "reckless driving" it conjures up images of people driving their cars without much concern for their surroundings. It can be much more detailed than that. A Florida lawmaker recognizes this now.

Fatal four-car crash connected to DUI

A couple of weeks ago a tragic car crash rocked locals in the Orlando area. When the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the fatal four-car crash they were quick to discover the reason behind this accident.

Can you refuse a breath test in the state of Florida?

One of the most important rights afforded to Americans by the Constution is the protection against illegal searches and seizures by law enforcement officers. In many cases, police must obtain a warrant before conducting a search.

Charges awaiting carjackers

When you're driving around town you're only worried about the other cars on the road. The last thing on your mind is the thought of being dragged out of your vehicle. Yet "carjackings" continue to be a frightful everyday possibility. 

Corey Cohen delivers award for Seminole County Judge of the Year

One of Orlando's elite criminal defense attorneys, Corey Cohen, delivered the award for Seminole County Judge of the Year to the Honorable James J. DeKleva at the annual Seminole County Bar Association Law Day Banquet. This annual event, which took place last Friday night (May 2nd), occurred at the Heathrow Country Club.

Florida Republican accused of DUI after refusing breath test

Choosing whether to submit to a breath test or not can be a worrying decision. The results are not always accurate and blowing over the state's legal limit, 0.08 in Florida, can land you with DUI charges. However, breath test refusal can earn you automatic license suspension. Whatever your decision, however, the outcome can be challenged in court if it is not in your favor.

DUI Bloodwork

A breathalyzer reading of .08 or higher will lead to an arrest. It's as simple as that. It doesn't matter where you are arrested, since all 50 states have it at .08. However, it doesn't always mean you are guilty. Over the years, we have seen plenty of errors found in the machine and the source code.

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