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Category: Criminal Defense

Florida Law Updates 2019: How to Remove a Mugshot from an Online Database

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News,In the News on December 20, 2018

When someone is arrested in Florida, the mugshot taken at the police station can haunt them for the rest of their lives, even if they are never charged or convicted. Many professional organizations, educational institutions, and employers may turn someone away just because of a mugshot. A new bill signed by Governor Scott should make… read more

What is murder in the second degree?

Posted in Criminal Defense,FAQ,Firm News on December 29, 2017

When the state of Florida brings murder charges, they can bring it as a first, second, or third-degree crime. If you commit murder in the first degree, it means that you’ve killed someone intentionally, and you had thought about or planned it beforehand. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Murder in the second degree basically means… read more

Can brain damage be repaired?

Posted in Criminal Defense,FAQ,Firm News on December 29, 2017

When dealing with brain damage from a brain injury, the road to recovery can be long, it can be arduous, it can be different for every individual, and really can be quite costly. There’s no saying at the onset of the injury or at the time of diagnosis just what the brain will need to… read more

What is murder in the first degree?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News on December 22, 2017

Accusing someone of murder in the first degree, otherwise known as capital murder, is the most serious type of felony crime the state can possibly charge you with. A first-degree murder means that someone died as the result of a homicide, which the state believes was not accidental. What separates first-degree murder from other charges… read more

How long is a DUI on my record?

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI,Firm News on December 8, 2017

That’s a complex question because there are a lot of things that could happen, but you really have to be smart about it, and your lawyer really has to know what they’re doing to get you the best result. The short answer is that a DUI conviction, in the state of Florida, will remain on… read more

Do I need a lawyer for a DUI?

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI,FAQ,Firm News on December 1, 2017

Well, it’s entirely possible to address a DUI charge on your own, but we do not recommend it. DUI is a serious charge that shouldn’t be taken lightly, even if you think you have everything you need to prove your case. Driving under the influence is traditionally charged as a misdemeanor in the state of… read more

What is the difference between DUI and DWI?

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI,Firm News on November 24, 2017

In the state of Florida, if someone is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances, the acronym that’s applied is DUI for “driving under the influence”. Around the country, there are a variety of different acronyms that sometimes they can be confusing. DWI, “driving while impaired” or “intoxicated” is used… read more

What is the Legal Blood Alcohol Level in Florida?

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI,Firm News on November 17, 2017

Well, first, if you’re under the age of majority for drinking, which is 21, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .02%. If you’re driving a commercial vehicle, the limit is .04%. And if you’re over the age of majority for drinking, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08%. What that means… read more

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News on November 10, 2017

A question I get a lot is, “Can I refuse a breathalyzer test?” And the direct answer is yes, you can, but unfortunately, it’s not really that simple. The option rests with you as the arrestee to submit or comply, but you can’t exactly refuse with complete impunity, otherwise, everyone would do it. What you have… read more

What is My Claim Worth?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Firm News on October 27, 2017

A common question I get with clients that call in is, “What is my claim worth? What are the injuries or damage that I’m sustaining potentially worth?” The short answer is that it really depends. It depends on a variety of factors. First, it depends on the injuries that you sustained, and early on it’s… read more