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May 2015 Archives

I’ve been charged with a DUI; what are my chances of a plea deal?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense, and prosecutors and courts in Florida treat it accordingly. Punishments upon conviction can include fines, driver's license suspension, and even time in jail. If you find yourself facing a DUC charge, you might be wondering if you could benefit from a “plea agreement” to reduce the charge to something less than a DUI.

When a merger fails expenses can mount

In previous posts we have covered some of the benefits to businesses that are involved in an acquisition or merger. But what happens when a plan does not go through? Two food businesses could be facing this reality now and at least one of the businesses could take a big financial hit if the deal is not completed.

Criminal defense representation requires a holistic approach

If you have been charged with a Florida state or a federal crime, and you are not interested in making a guilty plea, then there are two words in the English language that will become the focal point for your defense: "reasonable doubt". If you can establish enough doubt in the mind of the prosecuting attorney, that person may become more willing to at least entertain making a plea deal with you if not dropping the case. And if the case goes to trial, creating reasonable doubt in the minds of at least some of the jurors can make the difference between freedom or incarceration.

How much expectation to privacy do you have at the border?

People enter into Florida by air travel through several international airports. Your belongings can be subject to inspection when you go through customs, but the intrusiveness of those inspections need to be tempered by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures.

What can you do if you have been convicted of a crime in Florida?

Life is not a crime drama, in which the episode ends when the suspect is arrested. It is not even a crime documentary, in which the episode ends when the suspect is convicted at trial. If you have been accused of a crime in the real world, the justice system ensures that you will have one final avenue to avoid criminal punishment: the appeals process.

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