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Florida Supreme Court Says It Is “Reasonable” for Police to Detain, Question Passengers During Traffic Stops

By Julia Kefalinos |

Many criminal cases in Florida start with a traffic stop. An officer may initially intend to cite the driver for something like a broken taillight, only to discover there is evidence of some other crime, such as DUI or drug possession. But what about the passengers in the vehicle? Can the police detain or… Read More »

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What Happens If I Flee an Accident Scene Where Someone Has Died?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Any drunk driving arrest is a serious matter in Florida. But when a DUI results in serious injury or death to another person, the consequences are especially severe. Florida classifies DUI manslaughter as a second-degree felony, and in some cases it can be elevated to a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to… Read More »

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How Drunk Driving Can Lead to 24 Years In Prison

By Julia Kefalinos |

Any drunk driving charge is a serious matter. But when an alleged DUI involves serious bodily injury or death to another person, Florida automatically elevates the charge to a felony. Indeed, a DUI that results in the “death of any human being or unborn child” is considered manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The minimum prison… Read More »

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Can Florida Police Search Your Car’s “Black Box” Without a Warrant?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Most of us carry a smartphone everywhere. You may not realize it, but these portable computers track your every movement and activity. This data can prove useful to law enforcement looking for evidence of criminal activity. Which is why it is important for courts to define the boundaries of police searches of any device… Read More »

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What Happens When Video Evidence Contradicts an Officer’s Testimony in a DUI Case?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Many Florida police departments are now equipping their officers with body cameras. These devices record encounters between police and individuals, such as during a traffic stop where the officer suspects a DUI. In addition to promoting police accountability, evidence obtained from cameras can be useful in corroborating or disproving an officer’s testimony in court…. Read More »

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What Justifies a Police Officer’s Suspicion of Drunk Driving?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A legal question that often arises in Florida DUI cases is whether a police officer had “probable cause” to stop a driver. The police cannot simply pull over someone because they have a hunch the driver is drunk. There must be some factual basis for the stop, such as the officer observing the driver… Read More »

Punishment Varies for a DUI Manslaughter Conviction

By Julia Kefalinos |

Though DUI manslaughter carries a minimum offense of four years within the state of Florida, a recent report by the Miami Herald examines the vast variations that often exist among sentences for this charge. Examples discussed in the article include: Kayla Mendoza is a 22-year-old who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for… Read More »

What To Do If You Are Arrested for a DUI in Florida

By Julia Kefalinos |

In Florida, police officers won’t hesitate to crack down on drunk driving. A recent study showed that Florida ranks in line with most states in terms of how tough it is on drivers accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that their normal faculties are impaired (DUI). In fact,… Read More »

What To Do If You Have Been Arrested

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are detained by police officers in Florida, you will probably feel powerless and uncertain about what to do, whether it is a DUI charge or a drug crime. You should have an action plan ready, and you should understand what you may face. How to Tell If You Have Been Arrested In… Read More »

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