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November 2015 Archives

Proving a driver is impaired with only a BAC level as evidence

A night out with friends in Tampa can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are driving a car and get pulled over by police for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Florida has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country with penalties that may include imprisonment, fines and license suspension for a first offense. A subsequent conviction increases the penalties, but it also includes mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device to prevent you from starting your car if you have consumed alcohol.

Will the IRS stop issuing closing letters?

When it comes to dealing with the IRS, two things are certain: the power to collect taxes appears to be absolute absent some notable exceptions, and changes are always on the horizon. Indeed, there are a number of changes in store for taxpayers in 2016, but this post will focus on the upcoming change dealing with estate closing letters.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear FL cellphone warrant case

We have posted on the topic of whether and how the government can use cell phone location information as a means of tracking your location, most recently in connection with the use by law enforcement of "Stingray" devices. Now in its refusal to hear an appeal of a Florida criminal conviction the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively held that it is not necessary for police to obtain a warrant to obtain that information.

Can your pre-arrest silence be held against you?

"You have the right to remain silent." This begins the recitation by police of the various "Miranda rights" that they must give to a person they are placing under arrest. But what about when the silence of the suspect was being exercised before being informed of his or her Miranda rights? Can silence in such a situation be held against you?

Key questions to ask an estate planning attorney

Estate planning can have its challenges regardless of how old you are. There are different things to consider at different stages of life. But regardless of the questions you may have about how to structure a will, how to protect your assets or what you should leave as inheritances, it is important to have an experienced estate planning attorney on your side.

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