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Are you eligible to have your juvenile criminal record expunged?

Maybe you made some poor decisions and mistakes as a minor. Everyone makes mistakes, but some are more serious than others and can land you in legal trouble. It’s only natural to worry that these bad decisions will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Enjoy your holiday celebrations without the risk of drunk driving

The holiday season is a time filled with office parties, family gatherings and fancy dinners, which are often paired with alcohol. In the name of celebration, those who don't normally drink may choose to imbibe, and those who don't normally drink heavily may choose to overindulge. While this all happens in good fun, a common problem is that those who have been drinking are unable to safely drive home.

Will a first-time offender have to pay bail?

Getting arrested is a scary experience, particularly for first-time offenders. They likely do not know anything about the arrest process, other than what they have seen on TV. What is shown on most TV shows would not do much to alleviate fears. Usually, a first-time offender will face less severe penalties and should not have to stay in jail.

Can I clear my criminal record in Florida?

If you've ever been arrested, you now have a criminal record. Even if the charges against you were subsequently dropped, or even if you were found not guilty in court, the offense remains in your public history. Anyone who does a background check on you can discover the offense--sometimes just by conducting a simple Google search.

Understanding the consequences of probation violation

Probation is a form of community supervision granted to low risk offenders in lieu of incarceration with the main goal of rehabilitation. During the probationary period, the person must comply with any conditions ordered by the court. The length of the probationary period and the terms differ for each case and usually depend on the severity of the offense and any prior convictions. The state of Florida views probation as a privilege and not a right.

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.

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.

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.

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