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Each lawyer in this firm has more than 25 years experience practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas, including Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union and Gilchrist Counties.

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UNDERSTANDING THE 10 DAY RULE, or, HOW TO KEEP DRIVING IF ARRESTED FOR DUI IN FLORIDA

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.

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Understanding the DUI Deferred Prosecution Alternative in Gainesville, Florida

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.

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More States Consider Forced Blood Extraction For DUI Suspects That Refuse Breath Testing

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.

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