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Protecting Your Miranda Rights During a Fort Walton Beach DUI Arrest

When you are arrested for driving under the influence, you have certain rights. These rights include the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial, and the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. In a previous post, I discussed your Fourth Amendment rights during a DUI traffic stop. In this post, I will explain when you have the right to remain silent under Miranda and how this right works. Arizona v. Miranda The Fifth Amendment states, in part, that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness… Read More

New Innovations In Drunk Driving Prevention Can Help Fort Walton Beach Residents

Recent studies and inventions have shown that drunk driving and DUI arrests can be reduced by encouraging drivers to implement certain steps or attitudes. Uber Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a non-profit advocacy group formed by mothers whose children were killed in alcohol-fueled crashes, has partnered with Uber, the ridesharing phone application, in combating the prevalence of drunk drivers on the road. The two organizations conducted a survey and study and found that the introduction of Uber into a market decreased alcohol-related accidents by 6.5%. This has also led to a 10% decrease in DUIs in some states. Since the advent… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains How a Police Officer Determines Whether You Are Intoxicated

Being arrested and charged with a DUI is a serious matter, and in Florida, is prosecuted heavily.  And, with a conviction, you not only face potential jail time, but also a permanent criminal record as well as other life altering consequences.  Accordingly, in the State of Florida, it is against the law to drive: Under the influence of alcohol or drugs if either impairs your “normal faculties” or With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. Most of the time, when an Okaloosa County police officer stops your vehicle, he or she has no idea what you had… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses What Happens During a DUI Traffic Stop

During a typical traffic stop in Fort Walton Beach, an intoxicated driver will be on a public roadway like US-98 or I-10, and the driver will either break a traffic law, be driving recklessly, or cause an accident. A police officer will signal for the driver to pull over and will approach the driver’s window. If the officer suspects that the driver is intoxicated, such as due to a strong odor of alcohol, open beer cans in the car, or slurred speech, the officer will ask the driver to get out of the car. The officer will then perform a… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains the Various Types of Florida Drug Offenses

The drug laws in Florida can become incredibly confusing for individuals who are not lawyers. If you were arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department for a drug-related offense, it is important to educate yourself on both the types of crimes and their accompanying penalties in order to fully prepare to defend yourself. Stephen G. Cobb, a Board Certified Specialist in Florida criminal law, explains the differences between the multitudes of drug offenses that are criminalized in the state of Florida. Possession Possession occurs when you have illegal drugs either in your physical or constructive possession. Physical possession is when… Read More

3 Major Problems Consumers Have When Selecting Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers

And the One Question consumers must ask to get the best. If you or someone you love is arrested, hiring a defense lawyer is inevitable, even if you are hiring the Public Defender. Most people do not want to use the Public Defender for fairly obvious reasons: lack of adequate taxpayer funding = virtually no time to work on cases + a case load that exceeds the Florida Supreme Court’s order regarding a criminal defense attorney’s yearly maximum by April each year. The case load is so high, almost no one qualifies to pay for a court appointed lawyer if… Read More

What Happens When An Okaloosa County Domestic Violence Victim Does Not Appear?

Every day in traffic courtrooms across the country, a significant number of motorists choose to miss work and other obligations to appear in court and contest a traffic citation they received. These motorists are usually not savvy attorneys – in fact, many of them are not even represented by an attorney. Instead, they appear hoping that the officer that wrote them their ticket will not appear and their ticket will be dismissed. Without the crucial evidence of the officer’s testimony available to the prosecutor, he or she is unable to prove the motorist’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and thus… Read More

What To Do After the Police Are Called for an Okaloosa County Domestic Violence Case

The argument or spat you and your significant other got out of hand. Or, you and your relative that lives with you got into a heated argument. The other person called the police and now the police are at your door, demanding to come inside to speak with you and the other person. You may have seen or heard how these situations can end: with you being cuffed and led away to a squad car to be taken to jail. You are probably scared: what will happen to your job, your family, or your standing in the community? The other… Read More

What To Do at a Fort Walton Beach DUI Checkpoint

They seem to appear at regular intervals throughout the year much like spring flowers and autumn leaves. “They,” of course, refers to “DUI” or “sobriety” checkpoints. Fort Walton Beach law enforcement agencies as well as other law enforcement agencies regularly operate “DUI checkpoints” at certain times of the year, including around holidays. Even if you have not touched a drop of alcohol all night, having to go through a DUI checkpoint in order to get home can be a stressful experience. If you have had alcohol, you may be in a state of panic upon seeing signs warning you of… Read More

What Is DUI Manslaughter In Florida?

A DUI charge in Okaloosa County can be unsettling. The prospect of hefty fines and administrative costs – not to mention jail sentences and/or community service requirements – makes even a first-time DUI offense a serious matter. But the penalties for even a third or fourth conviction for DUI in Florida pale in comparison to the consequences that await drunk or impaired drivers who kill someone in a DUI crash. A conviction for DUI manslaughter carries with it mandatory prison sentences that can range from a minimum of four years and are imposed in addition to heavy fines and a… Read More