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You have just been arrested for a first DUI and you are reeling with questions. Your driver’s license was taken by the arresting officer and you are faced with looming issues of how to manage work, school, and/or family care. Immediate legal advice is critical to maintain or maximize your ability to drive for work, educational, medical, and other necessary aspects of your life.Continue reading
ALERT: DUI Checkpoint Scheduled on Friday, August 7, 2015, on South West 20th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida
Be aware that WUFT radio is reporting today that the Gainesville Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are conducting another DUI checkpoint this Friday night, August 7, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida. This check point will be located in the 4500 block of South West 20th Avenue and will be conducted between 9:00 pm this Friday night and 1:00 am, according to the announcement.Continue reading
A DUI deferred prosecution program or other DUI diversion alternative does not exist in many jurisdictions in Florida. Fortunately, in Gainesville, Florida, and the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida (which includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties) there is DUI deferred prosecution alternative available for some individuals charged with Driving Under the Influence. This article will focus on the DUI deferred prosecution program as it currently exists in the Gainesville, Florida area. It should be understood that the availability and requirements of a DUI diversion alternative may vary greatly between each of Florida’s twenty judicial circuits. For detailed information about DUI prosecutions in other Florida circuits, one should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer whose practice is focused in the judicial circuit where the DUI is alleged to have occurred.Continue reading
Attorneys who practice DUI law understand that in Schmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757 (1966), the US Supreme Court upheld the right of states to forcibly extract blood from DUI suspects. Now the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that many states, including our own, have adopted or are considering adopting "no refusal" laws that allow the police to hold you down and jam a needle in your arm and extract your blood when you refuse to provide a breath sample in a DUI case. Not surprising, Texas appears to be leading the way in this new initiative.