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Why are 40 percent of DUI charges in Florida dropped or reduced?

A lot of people here in Florida have perceptions about what happens during and after a DUI stop. In a lot of cases, people think that if they are pulled over by the police and are found to have consumed alcohol that they will immediately be arrested and charged with a DUI. These same people may also believe that once charged with a DUI, their life is completely ruined because the charge will stay on their record for a number of years, wreaking havoc on their freedom if they are convicted again.

Former NBA Player Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

Javaris Crittenton, a former star at Georgia Tech, who played three seasons in the NBA, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday morning for killing a 23-year-old mother of four back in August 2011. Crittenton was sentenced to 23 years in prison as part of a plea deal. He apologized for the shooting death of Julian Jones, calling it a "horrible accident". Crittenton was charged with murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity.

Fighter charges with Hit and Run

Jon Jones, a UFC champion, has decided to turn himself in following a hit-and-run incident that he was allegedly involved in this past Sunday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fighter is now facing a felony charge after allegedly hitting the car of a pregnant woman. The woman suffered a broken arm from the accident. According to Jones' arrest warrant, the woman also suffered a wrist injury, and is scheduled for an ultrasound to make sure her unborn child is healthy after this accident.

Refusing a breath test: protects your rights, not your license

We'd like to start off today's post with a question for our readers to consider: how great is your understanding of driving laws in our state? If you're like a lot of people, you probably have a relatively good understanding of the laws because you've been driving for awhile. But is the sentiment the same when it comes to all aspects of driving?

"Keying" a car: Criminal Mischief or Felony?

"Keying" a car is more than your run-of-the-mill vandalism. It's the same as any other serious offense. To be convicted, a prosecutor must prove that you have committed this type of vandalism. This means proof that you intended to cause physical damage to the vehicle, specifically to someone else's property.

Are Red Light Cameras Unconstitutional?

We know they are annoying, but are red-light cameras unconstitutional? Well, it depends on whom you ask, but it is starting to seem that way. Over in Hollywood, FL, The Florida Supreme Court has declined to hear the city's appeal of an earlier court loss. This is yet another major blow for red-light cameras. It's unclear whether or not the program is officially dead.

U-Turn on I-4 turns deadly

I-4 is well known for being one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. It's not surprising when Orlando residents hear about serious car crashes, but this latest tragic event is still a shocker. A woman made a sudden U-turn on I-4 and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes, which led to a fatal crash this past Tuesday night. 

Wrongful Convictions

There are far too many wrongful convictions in the United States. There is no denying that our justice system is better than many other countries, but it's far from perfect. Many times after convictions of individuals, in and out of the Orlando/Central Florida area, it is proven that they were actually innocent. Sure, it's rare but it happens. It happens in a variety of crimes, which sometime leads to wrongful convictions. Far too often, erroneous convictions of violent crimes are later to have shown a lack of sufficient evidence.

Prescription Drug Crimes

If you are arrested for illegal prescription drug use or distribution and think it's not a major crime, think again. The illegal possession of pharmaceutical drugs carries a hefty penalty. In FL, the state prosecutes drug cases, no matter the size, to the fullest extent of the law. 

Don't trust your math! You might actually be over the legal limit

If you're someone who has been drinking for a number of years, then you likely know how alcohol affects you in different situations. You probably notice that you feel far drunker after you've consumed alcohol on an empty stomach versus after having eaten a large meal. You may also notice that if you stretch out your alcohol consumption, you feel less inebriated than if you consume alcohol quickly.

More College Students Being Arrested

Being a college student comes with a lot of freedom, plus a lot of pressure. Over in Orlando, at the University of Central Florida, a surprisingly new kind of problem has risen. While it's not uncommon for some college students to be arrested, there now seems to be a crime epidemic going on at UCF.

Speeding Through A School Zone

School zones are notorious speed traps. One minute you are driving along at a proper speed, and then BAM! You see a yellow light flashing and warning you to lower you speed to a snail's crawl. While we can all understand the importance of a school zone, it doesn't make it any easier to drive through them.

Stalking or Exaggeration?

Stalking can be defined in many ways. In the state of Florida, stalking is "willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing or cyberstalking" another. That sounds pretty straight forward, but there is more to it than that.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud has a nasty ring to it. It makes us think about scammers and other types of immoral people. When you are charged with committing credit card fraud, the stigma attached to it is hard to scrub off. Credit card fraud usually involves the bank cards directly, but the most common type of credit card fraud involves counterfeiting of credit cards. In the past, suspects have been charged with using sophisticated computer systems to produce realistic-looking credit cards, complete with holograms and functioning magnetic strips. 

Theft of guns

When you think or hear about home invasions, a theft of guns doesn't exactly come to mind. We hear about break-ins that lead to jewelry, TVs, artwork, etc., all being taken. But a recent case shows that weapons can be added to the list of items taken.

Driving With A Suspended License

When you don't keep track of how many points you have on your driver's license, you might be shocked to learn that you are driving with a suspended license. Those minor traffic violations can really add up. In Florida, thousands and thousands of drivers, year in and year out, have their license suspended/revoked because they are considered habitual traffic offenders. What happens when you get pulled over by the police while driving with a suspended license? It's a criminal offense to drive with a suspended or revoked license. No way around that. 

Youth charged as an adult in rape case

When you are accused of rap, it sticks with you. No matter how hard you may try, once you are charged, you have a long legal hill to climb. Sexual assault allegations often come down to two truths. The victim's tale and the alleged rapist's side of the story. This is a very complicated area of the law and for all involved. Two parties disputing over emotional issues, when the evidence isn't always clear cut. You might be thinking that this is only an adult situation. A recent case in the Orlando area shows it isn't. A 17-year-old high school football player was re-arrested, as his gang rape case moves from juvenile to adult court. A 16-year-old girl told authorities that he was one of five teammates who raped her in the woods just off of school property. 

The driver was drunk, so why am I also facing criminal charges?

If you've ever had a discussion with friends or loved ones regarding drunk driving laws in our state, you've probably also heard a few things that might not necessarily be true. Just like with the myths about sucking on pennies or swishing with mouth wash prior to a Breathalyzer to fool the sensor, there are also some myths about DUIs that we think our Orlando readers should know about.

Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular Homicide is a criminal charge that involves the death of an individual other than the driver. This is as a direct result of the driver's criminally negligent or murderous operation of the vehicle.

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