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Prominent South Florida Lobbyist Arrested for Intoxicated Driving

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According to reporting from the Miami New Times, Ron Book — an influential state government lobbyist who is based in Miami-Dade County  — was arrested for DUI following a motor vehicle crash in Davie, Florida. The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that Mr. Book was charged with intoxicated driving and he was charged with damaging… Read More »

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How Will a DUI Conviction Impact My Auto Insurance Rates in Florida?

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As any driver in Florida knows, car insurance is expensive. For many people, automobile insurance will cost more than $1,500 per year. If you are arrested for drunk driving in Florida, the cost of maintaining your auto coverage is just one of the many things that you have to think about. Following a DUI… Read More »

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Miami DUI Refusal: What You Need to Know About the Law

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Drivers who are stopped for suspected drunk driving in South Florida can expect to be asked to submit to a breath test or blood test. If you fail to submit to DUI test, you will almost certainly be arrested. Florida has an implied consent law on the books. If you are asked to submit… Read More »

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Were You Arrested for DUI in Miami, Florida? You Have Ten Days to Save Your License

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The state of Florida has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the entire country. If you are arrested for a DUI in South Florida, you could face serious penalties. Among other things, you may lose your driving privileges. In fact, though many people do not know it, after a DUI arrest your… Read More »

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Handling a Felony DUI Charge

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Under certain circumstances, a DUI can be charged as a felony. If you are facing this type of felony charge, you should handle it exactly the same way as you would handle a non-felony DUI charge – by contacting an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to start working on an effective… Read More »

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Is It Worth my Time to Fight a First Time DUI Charge?

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Yes. There is no other way to put it – it is absolutely, always worth your while to fight a DUI charge. Although there is some credibility to the idea that it can be worthwhile to simply accept a traffic violation charge and pay the fine because you will use more time and money… Read More »

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What Can I be Required to Do as Community Service?

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For certain criminal offenses, such as driving under the influence (DUI), community service can be part of a convicted individual’s sentence. Sometimes, community service is sentenced in place of another penalty, such as jail time or a fine, or it is part of another penalty, such as probation. When community service is part of… Read More »

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A Quick Guide to Underage Alcohol Offenses

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In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. That means that when an individual who is younger than 21 consumes or possesses alcohol, even if he or she is otherwise a legal adult, he or she may face an underage drinking or alcohol possession charge. Underage drinking is fairly common on college… Read More »

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You Do Not Have to Consent to a Field Sobriety Test

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As a licensed driver in the State of Florida, you are “consenting” to submit with law enforcement officer’s lawful request for a breath sample. While failing to do so MAY result in an administrative suspension of your license, before agreeing to submit to the test you should be aware that the result will potentially… Read More »

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Challenging your Breathalyzer Results

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When you are pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to complete a field sobriety test and/or take a Breathalyzer test. If you are asked to take a Breathalyzer test or another type of test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC), such as a blood or urine test,… Read More »

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DUI for Drugs Other than Alcohol

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Alcohol consumption negatively impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This is common knowledge. When an individual is pulled over on the suspicion that he or she is driving drunk, he or she can face a DUI (driving under the influence) charge and the penalties that accompany a DUI conviction, such as… Read More »

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What You Should Know About DUI Charges

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Florida statute defines DUI as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When charged with a DUI, your actions can have lasting implications on the successful defense of your case. From the moment you are stopped, law enforcement is making a record of your condition and behavior. With an… Read More »

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The Serious Consequences of a DUI-Manslaughter Conviction in Florida

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A recent Florida DUI case exemplifies the potential consequences of a DUI-related death. A 2010 automobile accident has resulted in the conviction of a 59-year-old Florida man. According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, the accident occurred on December 10, 2010, when the defendant was traveling north on US-19. His car reportedly collided with a… Read More »

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