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Police may soon give THC breath tests

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a prototype device — similar to an alcohol breathalyzer — that can potentially detect THC in a driver's breath, according to NPR. The first stages of development began in 2016, when several states began legalizing cannabis. The prototype was built by chemistry professor Alexander Star and electrical and computer engineering...

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Breath Tests Are Often Used to Convict DUI Suspects. But Are They Accurate?

The holidays are coming up, and as expected, police across the Sunshine State will be aggressively pursuing DUI offenders. Before making an arrest, police need enough evidence to determine if you've been driving drunk. Police often rely on breathalyzer readings to charge someone with DUI. As experienced Florida DUI attorneys, we have witnessed how inaccurate...

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Can I Face a Felony Charge for a DUI?

So, you were arrested and charged with a DUI in Florida. You may be under the impression that you can't be charged with anything more than a misdemeanor, but there are some circumstances when a DUI could constitute a felony. For example, if you're convicted of a third or subsequent DUI within a 10-year period,...

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Understanding your Miranda rights

If you’re arrested on suspicion of committing or planning a crime, don’t try to talk yourself out of the situation and don’t make small talk with the police. That’s because anything you say in the company of the police can and will be used against you in court. Don’t count on the police to help...

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How Drug Recognition Experts Can Tell If You're Driving Drunk or High

Jacksonville-area police officers conduct numerous traffic stops each day. Reasons for traffic stops often include speeding, broken taillights, or failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Other reasons, however, may lead police to believe that a person is driving while impaired. This often includes erratic driving and failure to drive in...

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How Guilt By Association Lands Innocent People in Jail

A nightmare scenario: You are charged with a crime that you did not commit, convicted, sentenced to prison and led out of a courtroom in handcuffs. Think it can’t happen? Think again. Our legal system is supposed to be based on the assumption of “innocent until proven guilty.” What about when someone is convicted on...

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Top 10 Legal Misconceptions About Getting Arrested

True or false: You can be convicted even if in building a case against you police lied. The answer is true, you can be convicted even if in building a case against you police lied. A story posted recently on Money Crashers, a website that provides financial advice, discussed lying police officers and other common...

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An Attorney on the Legal Ramifications of CBD Products in Florida

In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been recognized as an alternative to conventional medicine – helping patients manage pain, inflammation, and other debilitating conditions. Since this substance is extracted from cannabis, many states (including Florida) closely relate it to marijuana. In Florida, CBD remains a grey area when it comes to cannabis laws. That’s why...

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