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NEW PROPOSED RACING BILL

The Florida legislature has sent the Governor a new bill concerning racing in the state of Florida.  It is anticipated that the Governor will sign the bill and the changes will go into effect July 1, 2019. Prior to this bill’s passage it was difficult for law […]

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Meaning of Impairment

IMPAIRMENT If you ask 10 people to define impairment you will probably get answers such as slurred speech, stumbling, falling, glassy eyes, swaying, loss of balance, tipping over, etc. We can all agree that these may be the obvious or overt clues of impairment or drunk behavior […]

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What is Reckless Driving?

What does Reckless Driving really mean? Just what is reckless driving?  Certainly it can be deemed as subjective as it is a certain behavior behind the wheel of an automobile or on a motorcycle. Reckless driving is defined in Florida Statute 316.192 as when someone “drives any […]

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Tenant Damaged My Property

THE TENANT DAMAGED THE PROPERTY NOW WHAT? I get this question often and just this week I was in court for on a Claim for Damages. There are two ways in which a landlord can recover against the tenant for damages.  If the landlord is holding a […]

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VETERANS COURT

VETERANS COURT:  WHAT IS IT? A few years ago both the Thirteenth Circuit (Hillsborough County) and the Sixth Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) set up what is generically called Veterans Courts.  These Courts were set up to assist Military Veterans and active duty personnel who had found […]

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DUI PENALTIES AND IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE

WHAT IS AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE? In basic terms it is an electrical device, which is attached to your vehicle’s ignition. When a driver wishes to start their car up they must first provide a breath sample into the device. If the breath sample shows a breath […]

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OTHER POSSIBLE FACTORS INVOLVED IN A DUI

I am always asked how does one figure out whether they are too intoxicated to drive? My answer has always been the same whether it was when I was in law enforcement, or as a prosecutor or now as a defense attorney, don’t take a chance, don’t […]

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VIOLATION OF PROBATION: WHAT NOW?

This blog will discuss what happens when you find yourself on probation for a crime you have committed and you have been either arrested on a warrant for a probation violation or have received notice to appear in court for a probation violation. Either way it is […]

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CAREER CRIMINAL AND SENTENCING

You may have heard the term “repeat felony offender” however most people may not know exactly what the term means or how that specific classification can have a significant effect on sentencing. This blog will explore the definition of a career criminal, the possible sentencing they face, […]

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WHAT IS SPICE OR SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA?

For the past few years a new drug has taken root in our communities. It is cheaper than marijuana and has at times been sold in the corner store. It is called SPICE or synthetic marijuana. It has also been called K2, fake weed, Bliss, Black Mamba, […]

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