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Ocala Criminal Defense Blog

Florida’s DUI laws and their potential effects on you

Whether it’s for a business dinner, family event or to celebrate a life achievement, when you go out for drinks, you probably do not intend to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. Many people drink and drive, even though all are familiar with the “be responsible” messages of doing so. However, as you overestimate your own buzz and ability to drive, that is not always the case.

In Florida, your first DUI offense can reap severe consequences. Community service hours, probation and imprisonment may be court-mandated. A DUI Counterattack course is also required. Though you probably know there are legal repercussions for a DUI offense, you may not be aware of the full extent of the affects a DUI could hold for you.

Much is at stake for those accused of violent crimes

Facing any kind of criminal charge is typically a frightening prospect but certain criminal allegations are worse than others are for Florida defendants. Accusations centered on violent crimes such as aggravated assault, murder or robbery can be especially devastating. If the prosecution wins a conviction, the defendant's life will change immediately and the consequences will last a lifetime. Possible consequences include:

  • A long period of incarceration
  • Difficulty finding employment
  • Loss of personal relationships
  • A felony record
  • Severe reputation damage
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Difficulty renting or buying a home

With so much at stake, we feel it is our duty to encourage those facing allegations of violent crimes to seek assistance. A criminal defense lawyer can help you explore all possible defense strategies and may be able to help prove your innocence in the face of false allegations.

Florida finance director accused of white collar charges, fired

The finance director in St. Johns County, Florida, was arrested recently – and then fired – amid accusations she stole more than $700,000 while on the job.

The 47-year-old woman allegedly took the money over a five-year period. She has been charged with more than 150 felony counts, according to an arrest warrant. The counts include felony fraud, forgery, grand theft exceeding $100,000, official misconduct and forgery of bank checks.

Your rights: Speaking with an attorney before talking to police

If you find yourself involved in a suspicious criminal activity, an officer may ask you specific questions. Though you are innocent, when individuals commit crimes, it is the duty of a police officer to locate the criminal responsible. When no clear suspects present themselves, your answers to questions may criminalize your innocent behavior.

It is essential, when police question you, interrogate you or arrest you, that you speak to an attorney before giving any information to officers. Especially if you show innocence, you want to ensure that nothing you said prior to your charge presents itself in court as evidence. Experienced attorneys have the ability to advise you on how to proceed and potentially protect you from criminal convictions in court.

Trio of Florida men facing drug trafficking allegations

Florida has had more than its share of interesting politicians. With another election upon us, it’s not entirely surprising to see news of a politician in legal trouble.

This time, it’s a candidate who lives about 300 miles south of Ocala. The 29-year-old is running for a seat on the City of Sweetwater Commission. But his campaign has stalled after his arrest on drug trafficking charges.

Think twice before refusing a DUI test from an officer

You have the right to refuse a drug or alcohol test requested of you by a police officer — but that doesn’t mean you should.

Many Florida residents might not realize the serious implications they will face for refusing to take a test after an officer has pulled them over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Here’s what you need to know.

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