Last year, there were more than 92,000 hit and run incidents in Florida, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website; over 1,200 of those involved a serious injury and another 186 resulted in death. Nearly a third of those issued a hit and run citation were between the ages of 18 and 27, and most of them were male (70 percent). Being involved in an automobile accident is never fun; it can cause a variety of reactions in people, including everything from fear to anger. For inexperienced or younger drivers, or those with a record, it may also cause them to flee the scene. This is never a good idea, as hit and run situations can have serious consequences.
On any given day in Jacksonville, Florida, it’s not uncommon to hear about a drug-related arrest. Even with the police department’s crackdown on drugs, drug crimes continue to rank among the most common arrests here on the First Coast. In fact, you can see the most recent list of those charged by performing an online search of the inmate “in sheet” on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections website. Among the drug offenses commonly listed there, you will find one that continually pops up – drug possession.
Did you know that in Florida, if you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and you provide a breath sample over the legal limit or refuse to provide a breath sample or urine sample, your license is immediately suspended? The officer who pulls you over will seize your license and give you a citation. This actually serves as a temporary permit, but you must act quickly if you are going to preserve your right to drive. Within 10 calendar days of your arrest, you must request an administrative review hearing (informal or formal) with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is why it’s so important to seek the advice and assistance of an experienced DUI attorney, as soon as possible after your arrest.
The #TRUTH About Criminal Defense Work
By Travis Reinhold
Here is the truth - The police are out there to make arrests.
I know that will be hard for most people to believe, but it’s the truth. Most people want to believe that the police are out there to protect us, which is true in most instances, but there is, however, another side to the badge. There are some officers who do not have your best interests at heart. These are the officers who “push the limits” and exaggerate or take advantage of their position of power. Unfortunately, you won’t see this side of the badge until you are under investigation, have been arrested, and are now facing charges.
HOW MANY LAWYERS ARE IN THE FIRM AND WHAT IS ITS APPROACH?
This is a very important question to ask before you determine who will represent you in a legal matter. Law firms come in all shapes and sizes - from solo practices (where it’s basically a one-person show) to large law firms (a couple dozen attorneys on staff) and everything in between. In general, however, there are two important factors to consider before hiring any law firm for your case.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAW FIRM?
As silly as it may sound, you need to find a lawyer who routinely practices in the legal area where you are seeking representation. Think about it; you wouldn’t hire a knee surgeon to perform a heart surgery, so why would you hire a family law attorney for a criminal defense case?
AVOID SELF-INCRIMINATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
How many hours a day do you spending on social media? The answer may alarm you. According to a recent article, the average American checks his/her social media accounts at least 17 times a day! Law enforcement agencies, however, are well aware of this fact and are using it to their advantage.
PBS NewsHour published a short documentary last year about state laws governing compensation for the wrongfully accused and how many of these states offer nothing to those exonerated.
Florida's Grand Theft Laws
If you knowingly take and use, or have the intent to use, property entitled to another, you commit theft. If charged for a theft crime here in Florida, you could face multiple penalties, including jail time and heavy fines, depending on the severity of the crime.
In 1994, Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act which committed to an overall decrease in crime throughout the country, including more police on the street and stricter firearms laws.
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