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Jail or Treatment

If an individual is charged with a second or subsequent DUI, they should know that the minimum jail sentence required can be satisfied by jail or treatment in a residential facility. For example, if you are charged with a third DUI within ten years t… Read More
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DUI Crash Investigation Statements

There is a well known law in Florida that statements you make to a police officer investigating your traffic accident cannot be used against you at a criminal or civil trial. The law was made to encourage people to be truthful during accident invest… Read More
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Categories: DUI, Traffic Stops

Stopped for an Obscured Tag?

What is an Obscured Tag? Simply put, it is a traffic violation for having a license plate on your car which has something covering the numbers, letters registration sticker, or any of the writing on the plate – like the word “Florida̶… Read More
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Passengers in Traffic Stops

Can a passenger in a car that’s legally stopped for a traffic violation be detained by police? Yes. The Courts (both the US Supreme Court and Florida Courts) agree that passengers in a car are not free to leave, and can be lawfully detained for… Read More
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Categories: Cocaine, Traffic Stops

Traffic Stops: How long can you be detained?

Like all things legal – It depends. So let me give you an example from a recent appellate court decision out of Polk County – which is part of the Second DCA and binding on courts in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Joey Villanueva was stopp… Read More
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Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint

Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint Let’s say you just bought a used car and the police do a traffic stop for dark window tint. You never had the windows tinted, the car came like that. Or let’s say you recently had the windows tinted by a reputabl… Read More
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