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Category: DWI/DUI


JULY  9 2018
Criminal Lawyer in West Palm Beach | What is Reckless Driving in Florida?
Criminal Lawyer in West Palm Beach | What is Reckless Driving in Florida?
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Initially, you may not see the need for a criminal lawyer in West Palm Beach. However, there’s more to reckless driving than simply speeding. Reckless driving puts you and others in danger, resulting in the law to take action. Here’s what you should know if you’ve been charged with reckless driving:

 

What is Reckless Driving?

 

Reckless driving is when a person drives any sort of vehicle with disregard to the safety and wellbeing of anyone and anything else. This means there is a lack of care for other drivers, vehicles, pedestrians, and property. This can include excessive …

MAR. 16 2018
West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer | What is a DUI in Florida?
West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer | What is a DUI in Florida?
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If you find yourself in need of a West Palm Beach DUI lawyer, you may or may not have been engaging in some dangerous behavior. Whether you’ve been wrongfully accused or need help with a serious accusation, you need to have a full understanding of the problem at hand. Here’s what you need to know about DUI:

 

Driving Under the Influence

 

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. This refers to being intoxicated by alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more while handling a vehicle. This can be determined using your breath alcohol …

DEC. 5 2017
Fight a Thanksgiving DUI in Florida Like You Would Any Other DUI
Fight a Thanksgiving DUI in Florida Like You Would Any Other DUI
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If you were charged with a DUI this Thanksgiving, you aren’t alone. Many other Florida drivers got DUIs this Thanksgiving, because additional police are on patrol during the holidays.

 

Luckily, you can fight your charges just like you can any other time of year with the help of a qualified defense attorney. For the most part, the strategies your lawyer could employ are the same, but there is one big difference.

 

Below, we’re going to look at some of the most common factors that can positively impact your case, as well as what makes Thanksgiving DUIs a bit …

AUG. 25 2017
Avoid a DUI in Florida with These Apps
Avoid a DUI in Florida with These Apps
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An arrest for DUI in our state is costly, and leaves you with a criminal record that will compromise your employment, housing, and other prospects.

 

Naturally, no one wants or intends to end up with a DUI, but many times people are unaware of how impaired they are or what their blood alcohol content might be when they get behind the wheel. This is compounded by the fact that alcohol impairs judgment. Worse, even if your driving itself is not impaired, you can still be stopped at a checkpoint and placed under arrest if you’re above the legal …

MAR. 16 2017
Harsher Penalties Ahead for Floridians Who Refuse DUI Tests?
Harsher Penalties Ahead for Floridians Who Refuse DUI Tests?
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There is a thin line that separates a driver who can legally drive after drinking and one who has committed a crime. How thin is that line? The difference between .07 and .09 could be a half a beer for some. However, where consequences are concerned, the difference means thousands of dollars in fines and a criminal record.

 

One of the most surefire ways for the police to get evidence that a driver is too drunk to drive is to have them submit to a breath test or to undergo other chemical tests. You can refuse to take these …

DEC. 1 2016
Enjoy the Holidays – Without Getting Caught at a DUI Checkpoint
Enjoy the Holidays – Without Getting Caught at a DUI Checkpoint
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It seems kind of cruel for police to set up DUI checkpoints during the holidays. They clog up already busy streets, making it difficult to get where you’re going in time. They put lots of innocent people through an unnecessary and invasive check. Sometimes, those same innocent people may even find themselves charged due to procedural or mechanical errors.

 

The reality of DUI checkpoints, however, is that they reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents on the road and save citizens’ lives. As for begin needed during the holidays – with lots of people traveling and even more going …

OCT. 10 2016
How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost in Florida?
How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost in Florida?
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There are a lot of reasons not to drink and drive. You put yourself and other people on the road in serious danger. You could face criminal charges. You could lose your ability to drive.

 

In many ad campaigns trying to stop people from drinking and driving, the focus is on the high costs of a DUI conviction. But driving under the influence is a misdemeanor in Florida – so how bad can it be?

 

As it turns out, a DUI conviction can cost you thousands of dollars. This includes charges for court-ordered penalties as well as long-term …

AUG. 16 2016
5 Reasons You Should Fight a Failed Florida Breathalyzer Test
5 Reasons You Should Fight a Failed Florida Breathalyzer Test
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Sobriety checkpoints are extremely stressful, even if you are sober. Anxiety alone can cause you to stutter through conversations with police officers and stumble through roadside tests. If the officer decides to give you a breathalyzer, some people panic, whether or not they’ve had a drink in the past few hours. You might think: “What if the breathalyzer blows positive even if I had nothing to drink?”

 

That may sound like a silly fear to some people, but it’s not completely unwarranted. Over the years, there have been numerous cases in which breathalyzers have registered a false positive and …

JUNE  23 2016
Why You Might End Up at a Sobriety Checkpoint this Fourth of July
Why You Might End Up at a Sobriety Checkpoint this Fourth of July
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Do you have your Fourth of July plans figured out yet?

 

Most of our Independence Day celebrations will look like this: we head out to a local park or beach for a nice barbeque and catch some exciting fireworks with family and friends.  We’ll probably eat hamburgers, watermelon, and maybe some ice cream, and possibly kick back with a beer as we enjoy the day.

 

But if you head out on the road after drinking – even if it is only a beer or two – you’ll be taking a big risk. Not only is the Fourth of …

APR. 15 2016
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?

What Are Field Sobriety Tests and is a West Palm Beach Driver Required to Submit to Them?

 

When a police officer spots an erratic driver, his first thought is whether or not the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Typical signs of impaired driving include the inability to stay within a single lane, swerving in and out of lanes, driving at inconsistent speeds, suddenly accelerating or slowing down, driving in a jerky manner, sudden turns, and other obvious out-of-control driving.

 

The officer turns on his siren and lights and closely trails the suspect’s car. All …