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How to Find and Avoid DUI Checkpoints

How to Find and Avoid DUI Checkpoints

The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that DUI checkpoints are legal and minimally evasive. This means that anyone and everyone can be stopped at a “sobriety roadblock,” and tested for Driving Under the Influence. If you have been arrested for a DUI, contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The best thing you can do for your defense strategy is have a criminal defense attorney help you plan a way out. He or she can help you build a case and hopefully lessen your charges. Finding Checkpoints DUI checkpoints can be incredibly inconvenient if you are late for a meeting or hurrying to get home. There are several ways you can find DUI checkpoints and certain actions you can take to avoid them – legally. Watch the news every morning and… […]

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How a Bachelor Star was arrested for a DUI

How a Bachelor Star was arrested for a DUI

According to WPTV News Channel 5, a former ‘Bachelor’ star was arrested in Tampa, FL, for driving under the influence. Maribel “Mary” Delgado, 42, had her claim to fame as a contestant on the ABC TV reality show ‘The Bachelor.’ She was pulled over around 12:45 a.m. Thursday and arrested for driving under the influence. She refused a blood alcohol test and was released on a $500 bond. Delgado was a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’ in 2003 and 2004. Byron Velvick, the bachelor of the show, proposed to her during the November finale, and she accepted. This incident is Delgado’s second arrest. She was arrested in 2007 in Seminole, and charged with battery for punching Velvick in the face. The couple never married and later separated, according to WPTV News… […]

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Why Serving Alcohol to Minors can Ruin Your Life

Why Serving Alcohol to Minors can Ruin Your Life

Last year, three teens were killed in a car accident after all three had consumed alcohol at an open house party. This year, things are changing everywhere as teenage alcohol consumption dips to a new low, according to the 2009 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey. Driver Nicholas Coady, 18, and passengers Connor Graver, 16, and Christopher Briglio, 18 were killed when their jeep slammed into a front-end loader last August on Cove Road in Stuart, Fla. Coady’s blood-alcohol level was 0.251, Graver and Briglio were both impaired. The boys were given an 18-pack of beer from an underage friend, drank some beer before driving to another party. The party was hosted by David Wayne “Bubba” Harper, 28, and Craig D. Frick, 24 who sold $10 cups for a keg. Both… […]

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What Happens if I get a DUI in Florida?

What Happens if I get a DUI in Florida?

The most important thing in DUI/DWI cases is early intervention by your criminal defense attorney. This proactive involvement will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction, which are very serious in Florida. What Happens According to The Florida Statutes regarding Driving Under the Influence: A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and will be punished if the person driving is in actual physical control of a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any chemical substance that impairs a person’s normal functions. Any person who is convicted of a violation of operating a vehicle while under the influence of any substance will be punished by: A fine of $500 to $1,000 for a first conviction A fine of $1,000 to $2,000 or more… […]

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Underage Drinking and DUI’s in Palm Beach County

Underage Drinking and DUI’s in Palm Beach County

Florida is cracking down on underage drinking and drunk driving. A DUI arrest in Florida is a serious offense. There are severe short and long term consequences. A Florida DUI should be taken very seriously. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you must have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help you fight the charges and rebuild your life. It is important to understand the law and consequences of being arrested for DUI. In the state of Florida, a driver with drugs or alcohol in his or her system can be arrested for a DUI for driving as though impaired. It does not matter how much alcohol is in a driver’s system. Or, a driver can be arrested based on his or her blood alcohol… […]

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Were You Arrested For a DUI in Palm Beach County?

Were You Arrested For a DUI in Palm Beach County?

This past weekend, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14 drunk drivers in a crackdown that began Friday night. The crackdown led to 14 DUI arrests and more than 800 other citations throughout unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County. If you were one of those 14 people who were arrested for a DUI, you need to call a good Palm Beach County DUI attorney – if you haven’t done so already. You have rights and you may be able to get that DUI charge dismissed. There are many ways an experienced DUI lawyer can get your case thrown out. Here are some defenses a good DUI lawyer will use: ILLEGAL STOP AND SEARCH – A driver cannot be stopped unless the police officer has a reasonable and probable cause to… […]

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Palm Beach County DUI Checkpoint Tips – How To Protect Your Rights

Palm Beach County DUI Checkpoint Tips – How To Protect Your Rights

Police departments from Miami to Palm Beach Gardens are setting up roadside checkpoints tonight to make sure motorists are operating safe vehicles and are not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Palm Beach Gardens police will conduct their DUI checkpoint along northbound lanes of U.S. 1 from 11 p.m. Friday 3/19 until 2 a.m. in the morning. The use of roadblocks is fraught with legal issues. The law enforcement agent is actually stopping you and any occupants in the vehicle without probable cause or reasonable suspicion a crime or traffic infraction was committed. This itself can be considered unconstitutional. Here are some important facts you need to know if you get caught up in a DUI roadside checkpoint: A driver can legally avoid a checkpoint location if he… […]

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5 Ways To Beat a DUI Charge in Palm Beach County

5 Ways To Beat a DUI Charge in Palm Beach County

It may seem like the end of the world when you get charged with a DUI – but it’s not. There are many ways a good Palm Beach County defense attorney can get your case thrown out. The faster you have legal representation after a DUI arrest, the better your chances are for a dismissal and expungement. Here are some defenses a good DUI lawyer will use to get your charge dismissed. ILLEGAL STOP AND SEARCH – A driver cannot be stopped unless the police officer has a reasonable and probable cause to believe that a law has been broken. Weaving without crossing any lines is not a violation of the law – you cannot be stopped and your vehicle cannot be searched because of this. INACCURATE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING… […]

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How to Handle a DUI in Palm Beach County

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious offense and it could impact your life forever if you are convicted. Each year, states impose tougher DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. Florida is no exception. This is what can happen to you for a first time DUI conviction in Florida: Jail – 6 Months Maximum – blood alcohol level (BAL) from .08 to less than .15 Jail – 9 Months Maximum – BAL above .15 Fine – From $500 to $1,000 – BAL from .08 to less than .15 Fine – From $1,000 to $2,000 – BAL above .15 or Minor in Vehicle License – Suspended from 180 Days to 1 Year Hardship Reinstatement – Complete DUI School Prior to Hardship Application Ignition Interlock… […]

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