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Deputy dies in intersection crash resulting from alleged DUI

When you're driving while under the influence, you are putting yourself and others in danger. Sadly, many people find that their one-off bad decision does lead to serious consequences.

Take for example this case involving a South Florida crash that resulted in a deputy's death. A 32-year-old man was driving when he ran a red light, hitting a deputy's vehicle.

What are the collateral consequences of a DUI conviction?

A DUI conviction has the potential to turn your life upside down. It is a mistake that can affect the way you live in a number of ways. The penalties for a DUI conviction are notably strict. You may receive a significant fine, potential jail time and a variety of other disciplines. The legal punishments alone are likely enough to assure that you will never make the same mistake again.

However, it may not necessarily end there. DUI convictions also have collateral consequences that could affect the way you live your life for many years. It is important to understand how these changes may impact your life specifically and to contact an experienced professional to assist you if necessary.

Self-defense can be a good reason for violence

Violent crimes can range in severity, from someone striking another person to an individual hitting someone with a vehicle intentionally. In all cases of violent crimes, there is a potential that the person who was accused is innocent thanks to a defense of self-defense.

If you are accused of acting violently toward another person, showing why you had to react in the way you did is a good way to prove that you should not be held liable. Here's an example.

Florida's embezzlement laws: Know where you stand

Embezzlement is a serious problem across the United States, and as a white-collar crime, can get you into deep trouble with the federal government and your state. Embezzlement is an offense that can be prosecuted based on Florida's theft laws. In general, these laws apply to those who take or use other people's property without authorization. The intention must be to keep the property, not to give it back to the original owner.

As someone who is accused of embezzlement, something you should know is that it's not very easy to get a conviction. Why? The state has to prove that you had the intention of using property without the victim's consent. If you accidentally spent funds or lost items belonging to another party, then it would be very difficult to prove embezzlement.

Is death row a possibility for crimes in Florida?

Violent crimes are often punished to the fullest extent of the law, sometimes coming with the potential for the death sentence. Capital punishment has been legal since 1978 in Florida. Since then, 98 people have been executed.

There are some significant challenges that come with death sentences. For one thing, the judge and jury must be 100% certain that the individual is guilty. Secondly, death sentences can't be carried out until all appeals are exhausted. In many cases, stays are granted, or sentences may be commuted back to life sentences instead.

Over-prescribing opioids hits a snag in Florida

Opioid use is at an epidemic level and has been for some time. Lacking regulation, over-prescribing and increased drug trafficking led to 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017. 47,600 of those deaths involved prescription or synthetic opioids and 5,088 of those deaths occurred in Florida – a 5.9 percent increase from 2016. Florida’s new opioid law hopes to lower that number; at least the overdoses tied to over-prescribing.

The law mandates that doctors examine a statewide database of opioid and non-opioid drugs; like Adderall, Ritalin, Ambien, steroids and Xanax before prescribing them to patients 16 and older. The database covers over 100 drugs, but there is no limit on prescriptions of non-opioid drugs. The goal of the new program, called E-FORCSE, is to cut down the continual prescriptions to patients who go “doctor shopping.” The term defines a patient who visits multiple doctors to illegally obtain multiple prescriptions at the same time. All controlled substances in Schedule II to V are included in the database.

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.

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