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Boating under the influence (BUI)

Boating while impaired is a serious offense. Florida has some of the strictest boating under the influence (BUI) laws in the nation, and some of the strongest enforcement.

If you have recently been issued a BUI citation, the process for fighting it is very similar to a driving under the influence (DUI). The consequences are not as severe, but you don’t want this on your record as a prior conviction. It is important to fight a BUI just like a DUI for that reason.

Tiger Woods to benefit from diversion program

Tiger Woods has spent more time in the news for his driving infractions than his golfing successes recently. Woods, who was arrested in May after he was found unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz in Palm Beach County, pleaded guilty to reckless driving recently, agreeing to enter a diversion program to settle a charge of driving under the influence that stemmed from the incident.

Woods, who did not test positive for alcohol but did have two painkillers, Xanax and Ambien in his toxicology report, was found in his car some fifteen miles from his house, according to an article by the LA Times. 

Probation: Is it just a 'get out of jail free' card?

People who are charged with a crime may be eligible for probation, especially if it's a person's first offense. Probation replaces some or all of a jail sentence that would have otherwise been imposed, so it is typically something to fight for if you are facing criminal charges.

However, receiving a sentence of probation is not something you should take lightly. While it can be a much more attractive option than spending weeks, months or years behind bars, there are several reasons why probation is not simply a "get out of jail free" card.

Think your DUI case is fruitless? Don't count yourself out

Being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving is a traumatic event for anyone. The process can be harrowing, disorienting and can be disheartening. However, while the sequence of events surrounding a DUI arrest can be overwhelming, they do not seal your fate by any means.

In Florida, an experienced DUI defense attorney can work with you to devise a viable defense strategy. Responsible drivers want to ensure their driving record is not tarnished by an unwarranted traffic violation, particularly with something as serious as drunk driving.

Florida counties punish marijuana possession differently

As you may know, the severity of the penalty for possessing marijuana depends in part on the amount that’s possessed. Possessing 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor. Any amount exceeding 20 grams is a felony.

It turns out that it’s not only the amount of marijuana that impacts the severity of the penalty imposed. The location where you’re using marijuana can also have a major effect on the type of penalty you receive.

When can the police search a car during a traffic stop?

Being pulled over by a police officer is always a tense situation. It can become an even more stressful event if the officer asks to search the car during the traffic stop.

If the officer has a search warrant, they will likely be able to legally search a driver’s car. However, there are also times when the police can search someone’s car. These searches may be legally valid even if the officer doesn’t have a warrant.

3 reasons you should consider fighting a traffic ticket

Police pullovers are fairly common. Maybe you’ve just recently received a traffic ticket for speeding, running a red light or some other violation. Many people would just accept that they have to pay the fines and move on. That is not always the best option.

You can challenge a traffic ticket and you may want to do so. Tickets can have more impact on your life than you think. Here are the 3 main reasons you should consider fighting the ticket:

Florida DUI enforcement among strictest in US

It's no secret that DUI laws in Florida are tough, and are enforced strictly. But how strict is our state compared with the rest of the country? It may not be surprising, particularly to people who have ever faced DUI charges, that enforcement of Florida's laws regarding drunk driving are among the strictest in the country.

A study published last summer found that overall, Florida ranked 14th out of the 50 states when it comes to drunk driving enforcement. This means that our state is above average overall in terms of enforcing drunk driving penalties, and is actually well above the average in certain key components of DUI enforcement.

Options for erasing a criminal charge from record

Criminal records can be accessed by far more people than you might realize. You also might not realize that a criminal charge goes on your record even if you were found not guilty or the charges were later dropped. Having marks on your record can hinder opportunities like employment, financial aid, housing rentals and more.

Your record does not have to haunt you forever though. Sealing or expungement may help you pursue the future you want, free from past charges.

Convicted drunk driver prepares for retrial

If you are charged with a crime, there is one thing that you should remember; no matter what the circumstances, you are innocent until proven guilty. No matter how dire the situation seems, even if you believe that there is no chance that you will avoid a conviction, you should still consult with an attorney and mount a legal defense. Even if you are convicted, the fight is not necessarily over, and you should always be searching for ways to defend yourself and prove your innocence.

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