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Category: Drunk Driving/DUI

Why Aren’t Fatal Drunk Driving Accidents Considered Murder?

June 30, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI, Violent Crimes

DUI manslaughter is a very serious criminal charge in the state of Florida. A regular DUI is when a person is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The charge gets escalated to DUI manslaughter if the individual’s reckless driving resulted in a crash, which then resulted in the death of another human or unborn child. If a …

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Asleep at the Reins: Horse-Drawn Buggy DUI

June 7, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

All of us have been told multiple times “Don’t Drink and Drive,” but fewer of us have ever heard “Don’t Drink and Ride.” Authorities have a responsibility to ensure all drivers conform to their state’s vehicle laws, and a horse-led carriage is no exception. Being charged with a DUI is a difficult and stressful situation but having the right kind …

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Is it Illegal to Sleep in Your Car?

April 7, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

Have you ever been so exhausted that you needed to pull off the side of the road to take a quick nap? There are many reasons why someone may need to sleep in their car. However, it is important to understand the applicable laws that may apply in this situation and the legal repercussions that may follow before you sleep …

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Open Container Laws in Florida

March 31, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

Drinking laws are pretty well-known to lawyers and laymen alike. Don’t drink above the legal limit and drive. Don’t drink unless you’re 21 years old or older. But, what about open container laws? Sure, some people might have heard the phrase used, but what does it really mean? Well, the law is both civil and criminal. For statutory offenses, they …

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Spring Break in Florida – Drinks, Drugs, and Deadly Partying on the Rise

March 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

As winter starts to melt away, flowers start to bloom, the air gets warmer, and everyone can feel that spring is in the air, crime also tends to crop up! Although sunny Florida has great weather year-round, there’s one specific thing we all love about spring: Spring Break! During the month of March, high schools and universities let out their …

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Operation Safe Tracks Leads to Citations, Warnings, and Arrests in Palm Beach County

March 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

Operation Safe Tracks Leads to Citations, Warnings, and Arrests in Palm Beach County Tragic Accidents Last month, Palm Beach County experienced three different accidents within a four-day period that involved a Brightline train striking a vehicle. Brightline is a privately run inter-city train company that runs between Miami and West Palm Beach. The accidents have occurred as a result of …

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Riding a Scooter, Moped, or Motorbike Under Florida Law

February 24, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI

Scooters, mopeds, and motorbikes (motorized bicycles) fall into a class all their own under Florida law. They are not treated the same as motorcycles or cars, leaving many operators of such vehicles lost when it comes to complying with Florida law. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the legal issues surrounding scooters, mopeds, or motorbikes to ensure that …

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Involuntary Commitment Under Florida’s Marchman Act

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

The Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act, commonly referred to as the Marchman Act, was passed in 1993 as a measure to help individuals cope with their substance abuse issues by actively encouraging them to voluntarily seek treatment. Florida’s Marchman Act is codified under Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes, which encompasses voluminous provisions centered around substance …

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Medical Marijuana and DUIs – Are There Special Rules?

January 11, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI

Currently, federal law prohibits the use of marijuana. However, 36 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, including Florida. Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also referred to as Amendment 2, was a constitutional amendment that was approved by 72% of voters on November 8, 2016. Amendment 2 “allows a variety of medical marijuana products, such as food, tinctures, aerosols, …

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