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.
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.
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.
You may have seen the ESPN documentary, “26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story.” It brings to light the details of the wrongful conviction of a man accused of murder.
Laws regarding the Juvenile Justice System are governed, enacted, and regulated on a state basis. The state acts as a parent to a youth who is charged with a juvenile crime. This is called the parens patriae doctrine.
Proof. That’s what the state needs to adjudicate you guilty in the criminal courts. When you plead guilty, especially in first appearance, you likely have not received or reviewed ANY of the evidence that the state allegedly has against you.
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