Category Archives: DUI
First DUI Penalties in Florida
Are you facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges for the first time under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes? If so, you probably have a lot of questions going through your mind right about now. “Will I go to jail? Will I pay fines? Will I lose my driver’s license? Will I have… Read More »
Can I Be Deported for DUI?
“Florida has long been home to a large number of immigrants, many of whom hail from the Caribbean. One in five residents in the state is an immigrant, together making up more than a fourth of Florida’s labor force. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of Florida’s diverse… Read More »
Why Are There More DUI Arrests During Summer?
Summer is a time people like to celebrate by going on picnics and road trips to the beach. Because many people have more free time from work and school during the summer, the roadways are much busier with drivers, including those who have had a few alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel. The… Read More »
Do I Need a DUI Attorney If I Was Barely Over the Legal Limit?
In all states, it is illegal for any noncommercial motorist to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or greater. Commercial drivers are “legally intoxicated” with a BAC level of just 0.04%. Drivers under the age of 21 will be over the legal limit set by the state’s own laws; in… Read More »
My Florida Driver’s License was Suspended: What Do I Do Now?
In Florida, as it is in all states, driving is a privilege and not a right. To this end, your driving privileges can be suspended or revoked as a penalty for a number of reasons by taking away or invalidating your Florida driver’s license. One of the most common reasons a driver’s license is… Read More »
Florida Penalties for DUI
According to Florida law, DUI is a criminal offense that is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. The following are the potential DUI offenses according to the number of convictions: First DUI Offense Maximum jail sentence of six months Fine between $500 and $1,000,… Read More »
Statement to Law Enforcement
If you encounter law enforcement this holiday season, or in the future, it is important to know and exercise your rights. Please save this Statement to Law Enforcement Exercising Your Rights to your phone, or print it to keep on you at all times. You never know when you may need it. All of… Read More »
4th of July in Florida: Barbecues, Fireworks and DUI Checkpoints
4th of July brings many residents of St. Johns County and people across the state together to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Family and friends gather for trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. Many Floridians choose to responsibly enjoy a cocktail or two or a few beers during the holiday, however… Read More »
Search & Seizure – Part 2: Know Your Rights!
If you don’t know your rights, you cannot exercise them to protect yourself. In part two of our blog on search and seizure, I will focus on street encounters with law enforcement. As a criminal defense attorney people always ask me about their rights if an officer comes up to them on the street… Read More »
Search & Seizure – Part 1: Just Say “No” to Searches
Do you understand your Fourth Amendment right against unlawful searches and seizures? Few people do, and law enforcement often takes advantage of the average person’s ignorance regarding their rights and uses it to perform searches, gather evidence and build cases against them when they would otherwise be unable to do so. In this blog… Read More »