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3 common misconceptions about a DUI

If the police give you a DUI ticket, you may be worried and confused. You are right to be concerned -- it is a serious charge with severe consequences.  Yet, there is no need to be confused. There are a lot of misconceptions about DUI charges, so knowing the facts is...

What constitutes drug possession?

People often think that possession of drugs means that the police officer found drugs on their person. In some cases, this is true -- but it’s not always the way charges happen. Understanding what really goes into a possession charge can make it easier to participate...

Is it possible to erase a record of arrest?

Even if you’re not convicted of a crime, there will be a record that you were arrested. On basic background checks, the arrest will come up, which may impact your ability to get hired for a job you want or to clear a check for other purposes. Helpfully, it is possible...

Can you legally buy alcohol for a minor? 

You’re old enough to legally buy alcohol. When you have a social gathering at your house, you go out and buy the drinks first. You don’t think anything of it. You’ve been doing this for years.  At the gathering, though, someone shows up who is under 21 years of age....

What should you do if the police illegally enter your home?

You know your rights. When the police ask to come in and search your home, you ask if they have a warrant. They tell you that they do not have one and ask again if they can come in. You tell them no, which you’re legally allowed to do.  Unfortunately, the police force...

What’s considered during sentencing after a conviction?

One of the primary concerns for some defendants is what type of sentence they will face if they get convicted. While it’s impossible to predict the exact sentence that will be handed down, there are some factors that might clue you in to what may happen. Judges don’t...

Why do so many people with a criminal record re-offend?

Recidivism or committing a crime after a previous arrest is a concern for the modern criminal justice system. It is so common for people to re-offend after a first criminal offense that some people refer to prisons as having revolving doors. Once a person spends time...

What is ‘constructive’ drug possession?

Residents of Jacksonville already know that Florida has some of the harshest drug laws in the nation. Unfortunately, not enough people know that drug charges may arise even if police officers fail to find illegal substances in your immediate possession. Under the...