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Man arrested for alleged DUI after nearly hitting safety sign

When a person is driving while intoxicated, they put others at risk. Most people know this, even if they end up being the person who is driving while drunk.

For example, there is the case of a DUI suspect who was stopped after he almost hit a safety sign in Silver Springs Shores. The 62-year-old man was accused of a DUI after he was pulled over by police. The arrest states that he'd swerved across the yellow line before swerving again into the grass. He then continued on, according to the police, half in the roadway and half off.

Immigration crimes the most common federal crimes in U.S.

Every year, there are lists of federal crimes released to the news. In fiscal year 2018, that list was topped by immigration offenses. Immigration offenses are often federal crimes because they tend to involve overstaying a Visa or coming into the country illegally.

There are a few things that impact federal crimes, and cracking down on any one type of crime will cause it to seem inflated on a year-by-year basis. For example, the Trump administration's "no tolerance" policy has meant that more people who have crossed into the country face serious penalties and arrest, whereas the prosecution and searches for these people may have been less active in the past.

Forensic accountants: Be prepared for them during a fraud case

Forensic accountants have an important job when it comes to exposing white collar crimes, and they can provide a lot of significant evidence to the court under the right circumstances. As someone who is accused of a white collar crime, a forensic accountant may be good or bad for your case. Depending on how much you knew about the crimes that were taking place and what role you played, the accountant could expose every illegal transaction and bring them out into the open, showing that you were or were not involved based on those completed transactions.

Forensic accountants investigate crimes such as money laundering, tax evasion and fraud. The accountants look at things like bank statements and account ledgers. Every transaction tells a story, which helps them piece together how a crime happened.

DUI penalties escalate with minors involved

Driving under the influence (DUI) is an unnecessary risk. Penalties for just your first DUI could be life altering and include prison time, fines and ignition interlock devices. Subsequent DUI arrests only bring steeper penalties.

The personal legal ramifications for a DUI are severe, but did you know they increase when minors are in the vehicle? Not only does a DUI endanger yourself and other motorists, but the same is true of your passengers, especially children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2017 that 19 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in children 14 years old and younger involved alcohol nationwide.

Florida man arrested after drinking, driving lawnmower

Getting a DUI is not the way you want to end your vacation, but if you've traveled to Ocala and have had too much to drink, it could be how you end yours. Florida's law enforcement is fairly strict on drinking and driving, particularly because of the high number of tourists. With so many people coming from out of the state, there's no reason to add further risks by allowing drivers to drink, too.

Did you know that you can be charged for driving a lawnmower while you're intoxicated? The same could be said of other motorized vehicles too, so it's best to avoid doing so if you can.

The right help can change the outcome of a violent case

Violent crimes take many forms such as murders, assaults and aggravated assaults. No matter what kind of violent crime you're accused of, it is important that you have a strong defense to give you some protection against the prosecution. It's easy for an unintentional act to suddenly be presented as if it was intentional, which can significantly impact the charges in your case.

Take, for example, a murder case. There may be a question about whether you intended to cause harm to the other person or not. Even if you were acting in self-defense, you want to make sure you're protected against unfair murder charges. Unintentional homicides carry far fewer penalties than murder charges, so it makes sense to have your attorney fight to keep the charges realistic and fair based on the situation.

Here's why it's hard to prove a white collar crime case

White collar crimes are often not penalized as seriously as you might expect. As a result of this kind of leniency, it's possible that you could be found guilty of the crime and still face few penalties.

Your defense attorney's job is to make sure that the prosecution has a difficult time obtaining a conviction. Your attorney will help you build a solid defense for your actions or inaction, creating doubt among the jurors.

A strong defense can help your DUI case

A DUI can quickly change your life. It's not just the fines or court dates that affect you, it's also the stigma of having a DUI on your record. You may find it harder to get a job or be unable to get the loans you need for school. You might struggle with social relationships, especially if your friends or family have been negatively affected by DUIs in the past.

As someone who is dealing with the impact of a DUI, it's in your best interests to work quickly to develop a strong defense against the allegations. It's possible to defend yourself and avoid a conviction in some instances. In other cases, it's possible to seek alternative penalties, so that you don't lose your license or may not end up with a DUI on your record.

New bill could change Florida's criminal justice system

Many changes may be coming to Florida's criminal justice system, which is wonderful news for those who may be accused of drug-related offenses. The Florida First Step Act is moving through the Senate, and it could potentially eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent offenders.

The sponsor of the bill, a lawmaker from St. Petersburg, wants to do what he can to begin a conversation on criminal justice reform in Florida. The bill, Senate Bill 642, passed the first committee the week of March 6, and it's suspected to continue forward.

What you need to know about a first time DUI

Just about everyone has been there at one point or another: you're out with friends or co-workers, you're hashing out work and daily life and at some point, you realize you've had one too many. The evening starts winding down and you're pretty sure you're safe to drive. The next thing you know you've been pulled over and are trying to walk the line.

Despite the fact that some people try to laugh them off, being convicted of even one DUI carries serious penalties. Aside from spending the night in a drunk tank, you can expect to pay heavy fines, spend time in jail, have your reputation damaged and worse.

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