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March 2015 Archives

Different Trespassing Laws

Trespassing isn't always clearly defined. Trespassing can occur in any number of circumstances. The charge usually follows under four different categories. Trespassing on property means you willfully entered property without being authorized, or licensed, or invited. When you are caught trespassing on school grounds, it means you didn't have any legitimate reason to be on school property. "Trespass in a structure" has an odd ring to it, but it basically means you had no right entering a building of any kind. Think of a house being built. Finally, there is trespassing in a conveyance. A conveyance is any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad vehicle or car, trailer, aircraft, or sleeping car. 

Juvenile Crime

Juvenile crime has moved up in the world. No longer are minors only being arrested for stealing at a convenience store, or getting busted for drinking and/or smoking pot. The charges for juvenile crimes can be very serious nowadays. 

DUI Hit & Run

A "hit & run" is considered when someone leaves the scene of an accident. As serious a crime as that can be, it is even worse when alcohol plays a part in the accident. Over the past few years, Florida has seen a major increase fatal "hit & run" crashes, where the fleeing drivers are suspected of DUI.

Underage drinking comes with penalties, tell you kids

If you ask most people what their idea of the most difficult job is, most would answer: being a parent. From the time they are born until the time they reach adulthood, you are responsible for teaching your children valuable life lessons. This can be difficult though when you think about the competition you're up against.

Grand Theft Auto realities

While Hollywood might glamourize "grand theft auto" in films, on TV, and in video games, the truth is that in reality being arrested for grand theft auto is not entertaining at all. The state of Florida comes down hard on this charge. Grand theft auto is something that can happen to just about any citizen. Don't confuse the commercialized version with the real world consequences of it.

DUI expungement process

In Florida, the process for DUI expungement is long and arduous. If you are convicted of drunk driving, it is a criminal offense. This means that once you are convicted of a DUI, you now have a criminal record that is public knowledge. This can create a major problem throughout your public life. A perfect job, housing, high learning, special permits, and much more could be lost for you over a DUI conviction. 

Former NFL star agrees to plea deal for sexual assault

Being accused of sexual assault leaves a stigma that you just can't shake. It's a complicated legal issue that can have many contradictory elements. Former NFL star Darren Sharper no longer has to worry about only being accused of sexual assault. Whatever "stigma" attached to him seems to be justified. 

Arrested for Firearms

Your 2nd amendment rights can only protect you for so long. Without the proper license and permit for your firearm, you can be arrested. Some of the most common charges include: carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, hunting without a license, being a convicted felon caught possessing a fireman, unlawful discharge of a deadly weapon (such as shooting a gun up in the air), etc.

Personal Breathalyzers: a great way to avoid a DUI

Have you ever been out at a sporting event or concert, had a couple of drinks and wondered what your blood-alcohol level was? Or have you ever consumed alcohol at a friend's house or party, then questioned whether you were sober enough to drive home? If you're like a lot of people here in Florida, you may have answered yes to these questions.

Cocaine Drug Busts Rise

Drug busts for cocaine are on the rise. Don't let the news fool you. Just because some states are going easy on marijuana, doesn't mean strict punishment for drug charges are going to become a thing of the past. Especially if it's a drug like cocaine. If someone is convicted of possession, delivery, distribution, sales or trafficking of cocaine, there's a strong chance that they won't obtain a favorable outcome. If they want a deferred sentence, reduced charges or dismissed charges, they will need a great legal defense

Sex Crimes Involving Minors

When it comes to sex crimes involving minors, the penalties are harsh if you are convicted. We hear about child pornography found on computers, or solicitation over the internet, etc. But a recent case in the Orlando/Central FL area doesn't quite fall into any of these.

Criminal Law & the New Orlando City Soccer Team

It stinks to think about going to a sporting event and having to worry about arrests being made, but it happens more often than you might think. Here in Orlando, we have a brand new professional sports franchise. Orlando City Soccer Club held their first Major League Soccer game ever on March 8th at the Citrus Bowl. There were over 62,000 in attendance, and a large police force there to enforce criminal law.

DUI checkpoints on St. Patrick's Day

Everyone is wearing green and drinking green beer today. Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all. It might not be a very happy holiday if you get pulled over today. The "pubs" here in Orlando have opened up early and the local police have the sobriety checkpoints all set up. DUI and St. Patrick's Day unfortunately go together like leprechauns and gold.

Breath Test Refusal

Breath Test Refusal and what does that mean? If you are arrested for a DUI in Central Florida you are taken to the jail where a sample of your breath is requested to determine the alcohol levels. You do not have to take this test which would be considered a refusal.

Burglary

Burglary charges can range from breaking into a vehicle which is a burglary of a conveyance, to breaking into a home which is a Dwelling, if there is a burglary of a conveyance or dwelling with an assault or battery then it turns into a life felony.

Effects of a drunk driving conviction on a commercial trucker

Quite a bit can be at stake for a commercial truck driver when they are in criminal proceedings regarding drunk driving here in Florida. One such thing is their very livelihood.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a hot topic in the media due to professional athletes getting arrested for these charges without much consequence.    Because of this unwanted attention prosecutors and Judges may react harshly and impose larger sentences for these cases in Central Florida.  

Failure to Appear

In Criminal Law there is a term called failure to appear of FTA. What does this mean and what consequences may this have on your criminal case?

What is a Nebbia Hold?

A question many clients have for me is what is a Nebbia hold? While the most common cases with Nebbia hold's are drug crimes there are other crimes that can get one as well.  A Nebbia hold is a detainer or a hold put on by a Judge typically at initial appearances for drug crimes. What is means is that before you are able to bond out of jail the clerk or the Judge needs proof that the funds that are being used to post the bond are coming from a non-nefarious source. What does this mean?

How the loose interpretation of vehicle could lead to a DUI

If you're a fan of hockey and frequently follow news concerning the sport, then you've probably already heard about the Zamboni driver in another state who was charged with driving under the influence after a spectator reported seeing him "driving erratically" while operating the machine. Although this may seem like a one-of-a-kind case, there have been other cases in which a person has been arrested for DUI while operating a Zamboni.

Top DUI Attorney

Attorney Corey Cohen is consistently rated as a top DUI attorney in his field by clients and other attorneys.   Defending DUI's are a passion of Mr. Cohen's and he enjoys always finding new ways to try and fight these charges against his clients.

Possession of Cannabis or Marijuana under 20 Grams

Possession of Cannabis or possession of marijuana under 20 Grams is a misdemeanor charge with the potential penalties of 1 year in the county jail, 1 year probation and a fine of 1,000 dollars. There is also a one year suspension of your driver's license if convicted.

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