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New Changes to Florida DUI Laws

By carlos

A change to Florida's DUI suspension review will have a major impact on drivers charged with being under the influence. There’s now an option to avoid the automatic hard license suspension. But does this mean people are being coerced into waving away a very important right?

As Florida law stands, a driver who refuses to take a breathalyzer test, or who takes one and blows over a .08 receives an automatic suspension starting immediately, independent of the criminal case. This is an administration license suspension (ALS).

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Florida’s Hair-trigger Convictions

By carlos

You wouldn’t know it by our recent high-profile cases – the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials, where not-guilty verdicts impelled collective facepalms among much of a dismayed public – but Florida abounds with wrongful convictions.

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Juvenile Records Don’t Just Disappear

By carlos

The popular belief is that once you turn 18, you’re granted an automatic fresh start, with any teenage blemishes on your record, if not completely disappearing into the ether, then at least relegated to “Doesn’t Count” status. This, of course, is untrue.

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Florida Civil Rights Restoration Laws Disenfranchise Communities

By carlos

The Current State of Civil Rights Restoration in Florida—An Unfair Divide?

On March 9th, 2011 the Florida Executive Clemency Board amended the rules allowing restoration of civil rights to ex-felons. Non-violent offenders now have to wait 5 years from the time their sentence is completed to apply for restoration of their rights to vote, sit on a jury, and hold public office. For violent offenders, the wait time is 7 years. At that time ex-offenders may apply to the Clemency Board to have their civil rights restored. Read More

Employers are Looking at Your Florida Criminal Background Check

By smradmin

How Your Background Check Affects Your Job

The past decade has seen an unprecedented rise in criminal background checks--from 8.5 million in 2002 to 16.8 million in 2012(http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/12/gun-background-checks-surge-across-usa/1765513/). Employers, landlords, and law enforcement officials can run background checks in varying degrees, from county, to statewide, to national, depending on the desired scope of results. Read More

How long does it take to seal or expunge an arrest record in Florida?

By smradmin

It is often asked how long it takes to seal or expunge a record in Florida. We tell potential clients that it takes on average 5-8 months to go through the sealing or expunge process. The reasons can vary, however, some of the factors to consider are:

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First Time Arrest in Florida - "Am I going to jail?"

By smradmin

Ok, so you have recently been arrested. You are nervous, anxious, and do not know what is going to happen next. We see many clients in this situation and they often ask us the most important question..."Am I going to have to go to jail?"

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Medical Marijuana in Florida - Will it ever come?

By smradmin

As of April 2012 this is the status of medical marijuana in Florida...

 

Medical marijuana legislation fails to advance in Tallahassee

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Self-Help Do-it-Yourself record sealing and expungement in Florida

By smradmin

I am often asked if record sealing and expungement is something someone can do themselves. The correct answer is yes. The practical answer is, should you?

 

As in any legal matter, a person in this country can certainly represent themselves. Many people in this country accused of a crime choose to represent themselves. In most cases, the results are not good. There is an old saying in the law, "a person who represents themself has a fool for a client".

 

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Is lack of contructive or actual possession a defense in a drug possession case?

By smradmin

Each case is ultimately different and the potential defenses have to be determined by an experienced criminal defense lawyer based on the facts of your case. However, some of the more common defenses to drug possession cases are:

 

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Michelle Paredes, Esq.

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Coral Gables, FL 33114
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We May Be Able To Help With Other Arrest Issues!

Were you the victim of excessive force By Police? Were you falsely arrested and then the charges were dropped? Email us at SealMyRecord@Gmail.Com and tell us about it. You may be entitled to monetary compensation!