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Number of South Florida DUI arrests drops

A combination of factors has led the number of drunk driving arrests to fall in South Florida over the last four years.

In that time span, the number of arrests by the two largest police departments in the region have dropped sharply. Arrests dropped 65 percent in 2017 from four years earlier in Miami-Dade, which is the largest police department in the Southeastern U.S. Between 2013 and 2015, the department arrested more than 1,500 drivers each year. The number was just less than 600 last year. All statistics are according to the Miami Herald.

Trespassing: the basics of this type of criminal charge

Any type of criminal charge is a threat to your well-being and your future interests. Regardless of the nature of the specific charges against you, a conviction could lead to time behind bars, expensive fines and other consequences that could negatively impact your life in various ways. You would be wise to never underestimate any type of criminal allegation.

If charged with a crime of trespassing, you may not know what you are up against. These allegations can be damaging to your reputation and opportunities, and a conviction can bring harsh penalties. It is beneficial for your future to start planning your defense as soon as possible.

Convicted felons in Florida deprived of American right

There are a lot of reasons why having a felony conviction on your record is detrimental to your future. We already know it can make getting a job or renting an apartment tough, for starters.

And in Florida, a felony conviction also can take away one of your rights as an American – the right to vote – even long after your incarceration is over.

Florida man faces DUI, other charges after collision kills woman

A Florida man faces multiple felony charges following a June traffic accident that killed a 30-year-old woman and injured her two children in what law enforcement said was an alcohol-related accident.

The 26-year-old man, a resident of St. Petersburg, was arrested July 3, a month after the accident in northern Pasco County. He was traveling north on U.S 41, approaching Fontaine Avenue, when his Hyundai Accent wound up in the southbound lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida domestic violence cases can involve protective orders

You are your partner had a fight, and the neighbors called police when yelling and other sounds coming from your home concerned them. When the police arrived, your partner accused you of domestic violence, and now you must navigate the legal system – potentially for the first time.

One of the initial things you could face is a protective order filed against you. That's a document issued by a court, and it usually means you must steer clear of the person who sought the protection. What is known as an ex parte order can be issued for as long as 15 days, or until a hearing can be held. A permanent order can last a year, and it is renewable.

Post-conviction proceedings can still help you defend your rights

After you're convicted of a crime, you may still wish to fight for your freedom. You may be in a position where you don't believe that you were given a fair trial or may be upset because you are, in reality, innocent of the crime you've been convicted of.

The best thing you can do is learn about post-conviction proceedings. A conviction isn't the final step in a case; there are actually things you can do following the trial that help shorten or eliminate your sentence completely.

Certain factors could enhance charges to aggravated assault

Criminal charges can range in severity. When a person faces a felony charge, it is likely that the punishments will be more severe in the event of a conviction than for a misdemeanor allegation. However, some crimes could fall into either category depending on the exact circumstances, and because of this potential, it is important that you understand the specific allegations made against you in such a situation.

For instance, certain violent crimes could be considered assault. The situation could result in charges for simple assault or for aggravated assault. Typically, aggravated assault leads to felony charges, but even those allegations can have varying degrees.

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