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Convicted of DUI? An ignition interlock device could await you

In Florida, if you are convicted of driving under the influence, you could be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. It's just another one of the inconveniences and costs you could be forced to endure with a DUI conviction.

With an ignition interlock device, a car won't start if the driver doesn't blow a suitable breath sample of less than .025 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), if the conviction occurred after July 1, 2013. For those convicted before then, the threshold is .05 percent blood alcohol level.

Man arrested in ongoing human trafficking and prostitution sting

Palm Beach Gardens, an ordinarily idyllic region, has received much notoriety in recent weeks regarding an ongoing investigation centered on prostitution and human trafficking in area day spas. Several days ago, this investigation resulted in the arrest of the then-president of Kolter Homes, a respected community development company.

According to media outlets, the charges against the defendant include soliciting prostitution and using a structure for the purpose of prostitution. The defendant has been speaking to the press but has not revealed much about his case. What he did reveal was his immediate resignation as president of Kolter Homes.

Could you be accused of domestic abuse for handling the money?

When you hear the words "domestic abuse," you probably envision someone physically, verbally or sexually assaulting someone he or she is supposed to care for and love. You are right in thinking that those are forms of domestic abuse, but other behaviors could fall under that definition as well.

Did you know that you could face false accusations of domestic abuse because you handle the family finances? What may have worked for you as a couple during your marriage could now end up used against you in a divorce.

Consult an attorney immediately if accused of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a serious crime, and no one deserves to be a victim.

However, sometimes, people can find themselves accused of domestic violence – perhaps by an angry former partner who wants revenge for a breakup, for example – but those allegations can have a lasting impact.

Man contends Florida police didn't have right to search car

A Miami man says police had no legal right to search his vehicle in May 2018 once they smelled the scent of marijuana.

His side said now that marijuana is legal for a limited, but growing, number of Floridians, the smell of marijuana isn't a telltale sign of unlawful behavior.

Parents have major role in keeping kids off drugs

As a parent, you want to make sure that your children avoid the worst of life's pitfalls. The thought of your child abusing drugs is unfathomable to you, but you are also realistic about the temptations kids face today.

Parents can steer kids away from dabbling in drugs, but they have to be armed with the facts and offer appealing alternative activities to their children. Parents may want to employ the following tips to steer teens away from drugs.

Convicted of drunk driving in Florida? It's a costly experience

You'd been looking forward to that reunion with college friends for weeks, and it didn't disappoint. It was a lot of fun, sharing stories over dinner and drinks.

But don't sour those memories by getting in the car after having had too much to drink.

Domestic violence allegations not uncommon in divorce

Divorce isn't easy, no matter what the circumstances.

But what happens if the person you're divorcing walks into a Florida police station and accuses you of abuse, even if you know you just barely touched their arm as they walked by you?

Fighting back against trespassing charges in Florida

Are you facing trespassing charges in Florida? If so, you could be facing penalties that can alter the course of your life. It is in your interests to protect yourself with a strong defense, but where should you start? The foundation of any strong defense is a complete and thorough evaluation of the case against you. 

One of the most important steps you can take when facing these charges is to seek immediate defense help. These are serious criminal accusations, and your future is worth protecting to the best of your ability. By seeking help as soon as possible after an arrest or the start of an investigation, you can better understand what you are up against and how you can fight for your freedom and reputation.

A juror's regrets, other events lead to questions about verdict

A juror in a notorious Florida triple murder case recently voted to convict a man of the crimes but days later called the Broward County judge who presided over the case to say he regretted his decision.

Now, the convicted man's defense attorneys want to speak to the juror to try to find out if he was under pressure from other jury members to vote the way he did.

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