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Month: May 2012

DUI Hotlines – How Effective Are They?

Many, if not all, states have some form of a DUI hotline because state officials believe that every citizen should report any driver who appears to be drunk to 911 or the local jurisdiction. Officials at the DUI Foundation believe that “Leaving a tip can lead to a faster response time by officials.” The DUI Foundation believes …

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Safely

There is probably no better three day weekend across the United States than Memorial Day Weekend. For some people in the northern states, it means the end of winter and is typically a “summer like” day. For the kids, it is the end of a grueling year at school, and they know that this weekend …

Legality of Flashing Headlights to Warn Motorists of Speed Traps

Imagine the following scenario: As you are driving on a roadway anywhere in the country, an oncoming motorist flashes his bright lights at you. Many drivers learn from a young age that this standard warning means that a speed trap or law enforcement waits up ahead. However, in Florida, the freedom of motorists to communicate …

Will Marijuana DUIs Ever Happen?

With 16 states now allowing medical marijuana use, there are several states stepping up to the plate to see that marijuana use is not accepted at the expense of other citizens. This week the Colorado Senate voted for the third time to pass a “DUI” for marijuana amendment. This would allow a blood test to …

New Youth Program Aims At Reducing Arrests

Orange and Osceola counties have enacted new regulations concerning first-time juvenile offenders. Many non-violent offenses now will be subjected to a civil fine for their offenses instead of being arrested. The counties, in conjunction with the youth justice and police departments, believe that there are many benefits to handling minor offenses in this manner. The …

Mock Drivers Show Real Results for DUI Awareness

Several high schools in South Florida are effectively using “mock car crashes” every year to demonstrate the dangers of driving under the influence to students. Whether viewed as a DUI or DWI, kids who typically view life with a sense of youthful invincibility are being brought face to face with the death and destruction of …

40 Year Old Crime Still Affects Record

Back in 1972, 18-year-old Yolanda Quesada faced a dilemma that concerned paying for the clothes she needed for work at a Milwaukee department store. Because of the dire financial situation her family was in, acquiring the clothing through theft seemed to be the only option. Unfortunately, she was caught by a security guard on that …

Florida DUI Sentences Depend on Mixture of Factors

What you do after a Florida DUI charge matters. At sentencing, judges have significant discretion in choosing the punishment that best fits the crime. The actions you take – and the DUI defense lawyer you choose – can go a long way toward generating a favorable outcome. Take, for example, a case that recently played …

Central Florida Crime Increases Steadily While the Rest of State Drops

In recent years, the crime rate in Florida has fluctuated quite a bit, and now has fortunately diminished for most of Florida, as a recent round up of police files confirms. This positive trend doesn’t particularly apply to central Florida, especially for counties such as Osceola, Volusia, and Orange, which saw instances of crime increase. …

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