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What to Do at a Jacksonville DUI Checkpoint

While DUI checkpoints can be important safety measures, they also have the potential for violation of a person’s constitutional rights. Drivers have legal rights which are protected by both the Constitution and state laws. Learn more about how to protect these rights during interactions with law enforcement officers at DUI checkpoints. The Do’s and Don’ts...

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Underage DUI in Florida Can Be Costly

DUI is a criminal offense under the Florida Statutes. This means that a person who drives under the influence is simultaneously: (1) guilty of a criminal offense; (2) liable for damages arising from the accident in a civil lawsuit; and (3) guilty of attendant traffic offenses which contribute to the accident.  Defendants under the age...

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Even First-Offense Drug Possession Charges Carry Serious Consequences in Florida

For many defendants in Florida, the sentencing provisions of drug possession laws may come as an unpleasant surprise. Penalties for drug possession can be severe - even for a first offense. The so-called "War on Drugs" is known to have failed, yet laws remain stringent - and some cases, thanks to overzealous legislators and prosecutors,...

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Florida Stand Your Ground Law Strengthened

Florida Governor Rick Scott amended the state's Stand Your Ground Law, and as our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers will tell you, this will make it easier for a defendant to successfully claim self defense in the commission of violent acts. Previously, F.S. Sections 776.012, and 776.013 held that defendants had to prove they were acting in self-defense....

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Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers Discuss Return of Minimum Mandatory Sentencing

With the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alleyne v. U.S., it seemed as we might as a nation be collectively moving away from the rigid, nonsensical rules of minimum mandatory sentencing within our criminal justice system. Such guidelines were a knee-jerk response to the 1980s scourge of crack-cocaine addiction that led to violent crimes...

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Jacksonville DUI Charges Not Limited to Alcohol

Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin each fall under a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, controlled substances typically prescribed to address anxiety. They, like other drugs meant to treat mental conditions, can also be abused. While popular and successful for the treatment of anxiety among other disorders, these medications are known to have an effect...

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Jacksonville, FL DUI Prevention and Ignition Interlock Devices

According to News 4 Jacksonville, state lawmakers in Florida are considering a bill that would mandate first-time drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. A driver who used the ignition interlock device would be able to avoid a permanent record of the drunk driving offense. Repeat offenders would face harsher penalties. The...

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First DUI Risks During Spring Break in Jacksonville

Jacksonville and Northeast Florida (known as "Florida's First Coast") is becoming an increasingly popular place for young people to visit during spring break, according to Jacksonville Magazine.  With average airfare to Jacksonville coming in at $293 and average daily rates for hotels at $106, Jacksonville presents an attractive  and affordable option for college students and for...

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Marijuana and DUI Arrests: Lots of Confusion, Serious Consequences

Last November, Florida became one of many states to allow the use of medical marijuana for certain people. While recreational use remains illegal in this state, marijuana is gradually becoming more accepted across the country. One thing supporters and opponents of legalization generally agree on is that driving while under the influence of marijuana should...

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