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October 2014 Archives

What Cops Are Looking For This Halloween

What are cops looking for this Halloween? It isn't candy. It's isn't your unique Halloween costume. Like some holidays or events such as St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo, Halloween is a perfect time for law enforcement to crack down on crimes like DUIs. Halloween has become more of an adult themed day and night, rather than as it was originally geared for children. Whether adults are house party hopping, or taking their candy and sexy costumes to bars and clubs downtown, the police will be stalking them like Freddie or Jason behind the bushes.

Primer: What is that Florida ignition interlock penalty all about?

As we noted in a recent blog post, the penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction in Florida can be many and exacting (please see our October 22 entry for a description of what we called therein "the outsized repercussions that often stem from a DUI charge").

What to do after a Drug Bust

Police drug busts are becoming more and more elaborate. As alleged users and dealers get smarter, so do the cops. Gone are the days of suspects being busted only for marijuana or cocaine. Now being caught with illegal pharmaceuticals, or running a potential meth house, has law enforcement's attention.

Happy Hours are DUI hot spots

"Happy Hour" seems like the perfect way to unwind after a tough day at work. Enjoying a few cheap drinks after the workday sounds harmless, but Happy Hour locations have become DUI hot spots.

The beginning of the end for Red Light Cameras?

Forget speeding. Forget toll violations. In the Orlando and Central Florida area, it seems that public enemy number 1 for drivers are those pesky red light cameras. It has been this way for some time now. Many drivers and attorneys believe that red light cameras are operated unlawfully throughout the entire state of FL. 

Police confessions

How many cop shows have you seen where the suspect says "I'm not saying another word until my attorney gets here!"? Who would have thought that TV gets some part of the law correct. 

NFL player arrested for Shoplifting

Another NFL player is in the news for being in trouble with the law. But it's probably not what you are thinking. This time an NFL player's brush with the law revolves around stealing from a store. Dallas Cowboys running back, Joseph Randle, was arrested last night for shoplifting from a suburban mall. He was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, and was released on writ bond at early this morning. Randle is accused of attempting to steal underwear and cologne from a Dillard's. 

Possession of Cocaine

The United States of America has extremely strict laws when it comes to drug possession and not many states are stricter than Florida. While marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable, the punishment for being in possession of cocaine is as harsh as ever. It doesn't matter how much you are in possession of, even if it is just some cocaine residue in a bag or on your hands, it is a Third Degree Felony in FL.

How does an officer obtain reasonable suspicion for DUI purposes?

We all make snap judgments about many things. For example, many people may see someone texting on their cellphone while walking down the street, and we may assume that the person is "obsessed with their phone." It's part of who we are as people. We take some basic points of information and form an opinion about the situation we just saw.

Importance of defense attorney for reckless driving

Never underestimate the importance of having a strong legal defense team by your side. Imagine being part of a horrific car accident that resulted in a death. Now imagine that you weren't the driver who caused it, yet you still have to deal with the consequences. Thanks to evidence and a solid defense attorney, the driver of a Toyota Solara that crashed into a day care center back on April 9th, will not face any charges. The man's car was hit by an out of control SUV, which sent the Toyato crashing into the day care center. 

Grand Theft Auto under FL law

In the state of Florida, there is no specific "grand theft auto" statute. It is simply considered a crime under "grand theft" and it carries a third degree felony count to it. It just so happens when the case involves the theft of a motor vehicle, the term "grand theft auto" is used. Score one for the video game makers.

Meth Lab crackdown

Local authorities here in the Central FL area continue to crackdown on meth labs. But a recent case proves that sometimes the police don't even need to target a meth lab to get the job done.

Social Media Leads To Murder

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter sometimes cause more harm than good. They lead to bullying, affairs and even murder. In this case, Facebook "poking" led to a murder across the pond. A man in England killed his friend after finding out he 'poked' his girlfriend on Facebook. The man has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The many steps of a DUI investigation, and how mistakes change it

There is so much going on with a drunk driving charge that many people don't consider. Usually a drunk driving story is reduced to the lowest common denominator: someone was intoxicated, they broke the law, now go to jail you reckless person.

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