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Florida legislators seek to expand DUI laws

When the Florida legislature’s new session begins in January, lawmakers may take up two bills (one in the House and one in the Senate) that would expand the state’s DUI laws to include impairment by prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as so-called...

How to handle it when the police are at the door

The proverbial “cop knock” is distinctive because it’s loud and sharp -- and designed to get your attention. When you hear that noise and look out your door to find the police standing there, what do you do? First, you take a deep breath and calm your nerves. The odds...

How can you challenge the evidence in a criminal case?

If the police charge you with a crime, they need evidence to back up their claims. That could be verbal evidence given by an eyewitness, or physical evidence, such as a gun used to shoot someone. Finding a way to challenge the validity of that evidence may be crucial...

The distinction between drug distribution and trafficking

The criminal justice system in America has many moving parts. Often, this can lead to confusion over the specifics of criminal offenses. A prime example of this lies with the distinction between drug distribution and trafficking. Understanding the difference between...

Can you legally pick up a prescription for a friend?

Imagine being stopped by the police with a bottle of pills on your passenger seat. The officer asks who they’re for, and you say they’re for a friend. They check the bottle, and it’s not in your name despite being a controlled substance. Can they arrest you? Will you...

Can I refuse to take a Breathalyzer test? 

There are several reasons why a police officer may make the decision to pull you over and request a Breathalyzer test. For example, they may claim that you had momentarily veered into the opposite lane and they think your eyes look glassy. Perhaps you have consumed...

Here is what Florida law says about aggravated assault

When you are facing criminal charges, it is often not clear what the charges imply and the potential consequences you could face. One thing for sure, however, is battery or felony charges attract stiff penalties in Florida. And the potential penalties for aggravated...

Common white-collar crimes committed in Florida

Many terms have come to be associated with white-collar crime. Some of these include “crimes of the powerful,” "economic crime," "upper world crime" and “abuse of power.” In a digital age where information flows all around us, white-collar crime is often more...