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What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

There are two types of crimes: Felonies and misdemeanors. The distinction between these two types of crimes is in the severity of the offense, and the penalties that could be imposed by the court. A ...
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Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Though the Federal Government considers marijuana a Class A drug, a drug that holds no medicinal value and that is highly illegal, there has been a lot of questions about this classification in recent ...
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What are the Penalties for Underage DUI in Florida?

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Consumption of alcohol by anyone who is under the age of 21 is illegal. No exceptions are made to this law, or "zero tolerance." As ...
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Are DUI Checkpoints Legal?

A DUI checkpoint, also commonly called a sobriety checkpoint, is a location that is set up where law enforcement are stationed to inspect drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment. The legality ...
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What is the Difference Between a Federal and a State Crime?

When it comes to criminal activity, there are two specific distinctions: Federal and state crimes. A federal crime is any activity that violates federal laws and a state crime is any activity that ...
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Can Police Search My Home Without a Warrant?

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects your right from search and seizure. In order for your property to be searched by the police or other law enforcement agency, a warrant needs must be ...
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New Law Affects Driver License Suspensions for DUI

by Jackson Hilliard Starting July 1, 2013, some amendments to the Florida Statutes affect Driver License Suspensions for DUI. One important amendment applies to everyone who has been arrested for ...
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Welcome to Our Clearwater Criminal Defense Blog!

Facing criminal charges can be stressful and difficult. You, however, don't have to deal with these difficult legal issues alone. Hilliard Law, P.L. strives to provide each client with the ...
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Court reverses Florida DUI refusal suspension.

The 4th Judicial Circuit Court, Duval County, recently reversed a Florida DUI refusal suspension. The court ruled that because the breath test was conducted by a person who was not authorized to do ...
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Why you shouldn't post threats on Facebook.

You really shouldn’t post threats on Facebook for several reasons. The act of threatening people is not very nice. Your Facebook friends probably won’t find it funny or amusing. And ...
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Duval Circuit Court overturned a Florida DUI refusal suspension. Found cop’s testimony incompetent.

On February 4, 2013, a Duval County Circuit Court overturned a Florida DUI refusal suspension, finding that the arresting officer’s testimony was incompetent compared to the video of the arrest. ...
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Can the court seal-expunge a DUI in Florida?

Unfortunately, the court may never seal or expunge a DUI in Florida. By law, a DUI can never be erased from your record. There is no Withhold of Adjudication on a DUI in Florida. Your only option is ...
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Rhode Island DUI Lawyer arrested on DUI charges.

Lawyer Layne C. Savage leaves court in August. Photo courtesy of Providence Journal/ Kathy Borchers. DUI lawyer from Rhode Island pleaded not guilty to drunk driving charges, January 17, 2013. It is ...
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Things you need to know about drunk driving in Florida.

One of the things you need to know about drunk driving in Florida is that Sound legal counsel can help shield you from much of the worry, stress and aggravation of your case, and keep you from ...
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Supremes review warrantless DUI blood test.

Are warrantless DUI blood tests constitutional? On January 8, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding that very question. In Missouri v. McNeely, the Supreme Court heard arguments ...
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How far back will a criminal record check go?

If you wonder what a criminal record check will show, you should hire someone to do a record check for you. There is no law or rule that would make your criminal record go away on its own. However, ...
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Man arrested for DUI on AA co-founder's lawn.

DORSET, VT. (AP) - Vermont man arrested for DUI after allegedly driving on AA co-founder’s lawn. The lawn is connected to a historic home once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, ...
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"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins this December.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to begin December 14th. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be running a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign ...
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Intoxilyzer 8000 reliability questioned by Florida judge.

By Jackson Hilliard On November 2, 2012, a Collier County Florida judge questioned the Intoxilyzer 8000′s reliability for not conforming with the USDOT Conforming Products List. The Intoxilyzer ...
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Verizon employees allegedly copied intimate photographs

Two Verizon employees allegedly copied intimate photographs from a female customer’s phone. According to the complaint, the two men worked at a Verizon store in Bartow, Florida, where employee ...
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Civil Citations Program

From WJHG News Channel 7 – Panama, FL Police are rolling out a civil citations program in Tallahasse Florida for adult misdemeanor offenders. Statewide, out of 8,000 juveniles given a citation ...
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Monkey gets all-clear after 30-day house arrest.

After thirty days of house arrest for biting a Merritt Island man, Mookie the monkey has been released. Read more. . . Watch the video. . .
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New Website Shows ‘Collateral Consequences’ of Criminal Convictions

The American Bar Association in conjunction with the Justice Department have launched a new website that allows users to search federal and state laws that punish convicted criminals far after they ...
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Hillsborough Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will be out on Halloween.

Be aware adult trick-or-treaters. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will be out in force this Halloween. From 10:00p.m. to 2:00a.m., sheriff deputies will be heavily ...
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What does nolle prosequi mean?

Nolle Prosequi, or noll prosse is a fancy way to say the state dropped your charges after it formally filed charges against you. The state attorney does not normally like to file a “nolle ...
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