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Using the Police Report in a DUI Case

When police are called to the scene of an accident or a crime, they will fill out a police report. A police report documents what occurred in the words of law enforcement, and will consist of a very ...
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How to Act in Court for DUI

While you may not think how you behave in court as having a significant impact on the outcome of your case, it can. Judges and the jury, while only supposed to look at the evidence presented before ...
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How to Dress Appropriately For a DUI Court Case

While lawyers may spend a significant amount of time in the courtroom, they don't control an individual's impression on the jury or judge in most cases. As most people accused of DUI have ...
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What Are My Rights If I Have Been Arrested?

Just because you have been charged with driving under the influence does not mean that you do not have legal rights. The United States Constitution outlines the rights of accused criminals, including ...
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Should I Refuse to Take a Blood or Breath Test?

Once you sign the back of your driver's license, you are agreeing to follow Florida's implied consent law. This means that any driver arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence must ...
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DUI Cases & the Florida Point System

Florida, along with many other states, assign a number of points to certain traffic violations that you may commit. These points add up within a certain amount of time, and when too many are have been ...
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Overview of Ignition Interlock Devices

Florida law takes driving under the influence very seriously. Even a first-time offense can find an accused driver facing not only time in jail, fines and penalties, and a license suspension, but can ...
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Is Driving Under the Influence of Cocaine a Crime?

A DUI charge can be directed at any person that is driving after consuming any chemical substance, whether legal, prescribed, or completely illegal. While alcohol-related DUIs are the most common, ...
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Dentures May Affect a Breath Test Reading

One of the ways that a defense attorney can claim that their client cannot be found guilty of driving under the influence is by exposing problems with a BAC test. Breathalyzers, often given at the ...
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Should You Refuse to Take a Breath Test?

When you have been pulled over for driving under the influence in Florida, law enforcement will observe your actions, appearance, and odor to determine if you have been drinking. If they feel as ...
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12 Years in Prison for Tampa DUI Manslaughter

A Tampa man who was involved in a drunk driving accident that left one person dead fled to Texas following the arrest in an alleged attempt to avoid a prison sentence. Although he fled the state, the ...
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DUI Checkpoint Meant to Do More than Catch Drivers

A recent traffic stop in Pinellas County was used to do a little more than catch those that were driving after consuming alcohol that evening. A woman that lost her husband and her three children was ...
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Wrong-Way Driving Leads to DUI Arrest

A 24-year-old social studies teacher at Chamberlain High School was arrested after officers found the man driving the wrong way down Interstate 75. He was charged with driving under the influence and ...
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October DUI Stops in Hillsborough County

DUI checkpoints will be held sporadically throughout October in order for law enforcement to curb the amount of drunk driving on the road. While checkpoints are illegal in some states, Florida allows ...
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College Football Star Dismissed After DUI Arrest

Those that live in Florida love their state's football teams, which is why it was shocking to see that one of the highly-anticipated players from the University of Miami was arrested in ...
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What is a No Refusal DUI Checkpoint?

As the holiday season approaches, it is especially important for drivers to take care when driving after drinking alcohol with family and friends. The few glasses of wine you had with Thanksgiving ...
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Fidgeting Greyhound Driver Faces DUI Charge

A Greyhound bus driver was arrested after passengers called police. The driver was accused of swerving into other lanes of the highway for at least 30 miles. The passengers noticed that the driver of ...
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Man Attempts to Beat DUI by Drinking More

Two years ago, a man involved in an accident that killed one, discovered an interesting way to attempt to fight the DUI charge that might have been brought against him. He decided to imbibe alcohol ...
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Man in Women's Underwear Drives into Retirement Home

A small fire was started when a drunk driver slammed through the wall of a Tampa retirement community, but that was not the only surprise in store for residents of the home. Multiple Charges Stem from ...
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Mother Charged with DUI After Leaving Son in Car

A Florida mom has been charged with DUI and child neglect after police say she left her child in her car for four hours while she spent time at a bar. The woman allegedly left her 8-year old son in ...
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NHL Player Ryan Malone Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge

A former hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lightning has plead no contest to DUI charges. On April 12, Ryan Malone was arrested in Tampa after weaving down a street in a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban. Malone ...
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Reducing DUI Charges in Tampa

In some states, it is not possible to get a plea bargain, where a prosecutor agrees to lower the charge in exchange for the defendant pleading guilty to that charge and accepting the lower penalties. ...
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How Can You Tell If You Are Legally Drunk?

There are numerous charts and calculators out there, which can supposedly tell you if it is safe to get behind the wheel or not. However, none of these are guarantees. It can be very dangerous to ask: ...
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When Do I Actually Need a DUI Lawyer?

A better question is: when wouldn't you need an attorney after a DUI arrest? Even if you are convinced you should just plead guilty, you still need to be aware of what your other legal options ...
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Tampa Firefighter Charged with DUI, Suspended

Saturday, July 19, a firefighter was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Pasco County, reports The Tampa Tribune. Tampa Fire Rescue has announced that the 39-year-old man will face ...
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