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No Lecture by Danielle Watts Following Lewd Conduct Charge

A lecture that Danielle Watts, the "Django Unchained" actress, was expected to give at a California law school has been postponed following a lewd conduct misdemeanor charge. Danielle Watts ...
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Is DUI a Crime in Florida? A Look at the Statutes As They Apply to DUI

The simple and short answer to the first part of the title question is yes. If you drink then drive, you are putting yourself in a position where you could end up with a criminal conviction hanging ...
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TV Stars "Surprised" About Prison Sentence After Successful Plea Bargain

The recent sentencing of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Guidice for multiple felonies has apparently been a bit of a shock to viewers of the program itself and to the two stars ...
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Camera Shots of Red Lights May not Truly Represent the Facts

In this current age of cell phone use and automatic video surveillance, one would think that no unscrupulous event could ever go undetected. The cell phone camera facility even makes it possible for ...
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Florida Resident Arrested and Charged in Cold Case Murder Investigation

Florida resident Michelle Lodzinski has made her first appearance in court after being arrested in August in Florida for the murder of her 5 year old son 23 years ago. She is being represented by ...
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AJ's Club Bimini Owner on 2nd Criminal Charge in a Month

Restaurateur Alan Laird, the owner of a popular Destin oyster and seafood bar, is in double trouble at the moment with the law. He has been charged with his fourth DUI as well as a suspended license ...
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7th Heaven Actor Comes Under Police Scrutiny after Child Molestation Accusations

Stephen Collins, well known for the acting role he played as pastor and dad on "7th Heaven," allegedly confessed to his now estranged wife back in 2012 that he had been a child molester. ...
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Is Florida's Hazing Law Too Hazy to Be Used?

Defense attorneys for the remaining four band members of Florida's A & M University's Marching 100 band have been denied their request for Florida's hazing statute to be declared ...
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University of Florida Quarterback Accused of Sexual Battery

Gators quarterback Treon Harris has just been suspended from activities involving the University (of Florida) Athletic Association due to an ongoing police investigation into alleged sexual battery on ...
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New DUI Charge for Olympic Gold Medalist

Champion Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, with 18 gold medals to his credit, has fared well over the last decade by amassing millions of dollars in sponsorships from well wishers who had great faith ...
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Did you know? Field Sobriety Tests are Voluntary...

Driving under the influence is not a sensible thing to do and in all states is against the law. This doesn't mean you have to be intimidated if stopped by a police officer and you are asked to ...
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Country Singer Lynn Anderson Arrested for DUI in Nashville

Recently, another celebrity was added to the list of DUI arrests this year. That was Lynn Andersen, a country singer and Grammy winner, who was arrested on Friday while found to be under the influence ...
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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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