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.
How do we define "improper behavior" and how can it be settled legally? A local 25 year-old man is about to find out.
"They write it. We fight it."
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.
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.
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.
Just because it's a holiday weekend doesn't mean that lawyers shouldn't be aware of what is going on. At any time, that surprise phone call could be for you. A potential new client, new case, new challenge. Some lawyers in the Clearwater area should understand.
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.
It's scary to think about how easily your home can be invaded. If you have a licensed gun, you can and should do what you have to in order to defend your home and family. The same rules can apply for a business.
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.
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.
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".
Panicky drivers and brazen cross-walkers are a bad combination. You disagree? Maybe you need to pay attention to the "sunshine state".
Domestic violence is a murky section of the criminal justice system. It's of such an intimate and passionate nature, that quite often alleged victims and the accused will reconcile before the truth of the matter ever comes to light.
When we hear on the news about internet sex stings, we are often shocked to learn who these people really are. They seem "normal" and have every day type of jobs. What has been uncovered during the most recent local sting is very surprising.
No matter who you are, or what you do in life, if your spouse has been murdered you can expect to be a suspect.
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.
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.
The music industry can be a real killer, but nothing like this lead singer.
When you are out at one of Orlando's many beautiful theme parks, the last thing on your mind is being robbed. Especially by one of park's employees.
It needs to be said again: When it comes to marijuana, Florida is not Colorado.
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.
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.
If at first you don't suceed, try, try again? Or perhaps lightning does strike twice.
The Orlando - Central Florida area has been jokingly referred to as the "hit and run capital of the world". Nothing funny about it, especially when it rings so true.
Most people think of the term "stalking" as someone harrassing another person in the flesh. FL Statute 784.048 says differently.
This is one of the bizarrest stories you may ever read. I guess you can't spell bizarrest without arrest.
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.
Al Capone, one of our nation's most infamous criminals, was busted for tax evasion. After all the crimes he got away with, one tiny crime got him busted. It happens more often than you think.
Whenever a woman is killed, whomever she was recently romantically involved with usually ends up becoming a prime suspect in the case. So this breaking news comes as no real surprise.
You have the right to keep and bear arms but this is crazy.
Facebook isn't only for pictures of your friends' kids or status updates on your particular mood or your relationship. It can also be used to help law enforcement. Should you be careful the next time you "check-in"? Maybe. Not exactly in this case.
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.
People will do or pay almost anything to lessen their physical pain. Sometimes even going above the law to do so. But what about the suppliers?
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.
This gives new meaning to the word "barter".
We can't imagine how or why a young child could be left home unattended for, but you hear it on the news almost everyday and the criminal justice system is always dealing with the issue.
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.
They say that the dating scene can be weird. Especially when it turns into a crime scene.
Massage parlors and criminal defense seem to go hand in hand these days, if you will excuse the pun.
It's hard to beat back progress. The "drug war" is becoming increasingly unpopular, especially when it comes to marijuana. It seems like many states are ready to become the "new" Colorado, and Florida is one of them.
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.
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.
When you're a teen, what seems like harmless fun can have a lasting impact on your future. Some teens in New Jersey just learned this valuable lesson.
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.
If you don't think the Ray Rice case can affect you someday, you may not be paying close attention. You never know where a rocky relationship can lead you.