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Woman accused of drunk driving had unrestrained toddler in car

Failing a breathalyzer test is likely any driver's worst nightmare. When there is also an unrestrained toddler in the car, it could lead to even more severe charges. Florida drivers who are arrested for drunk driving may not know what will happen next and how to defend him or herself against the accusations. Fortunately, nobody needs to do this without help.

The sheriff's office in Palm Beach County reports receiving a call from the driver of a tow truck who claimed he saw a car swerving across the road, narrowly avoiding collisions with four other vehicles. A deputy who responded to the call located the vehicle and pulled the 31-year-old driver over. When he approached the vehicle, he allegedly became aware of an alcohol smell and also saw an unrestrained toddler in the rear seat of the car.

3 tips for keeping kids away from drugs

3 tips for keeping kids away from drugs

South Florida communities such as Fort Myers and Cape Coral are known as welcoming places to live and raise families. According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, though, there may be another reputation threatening to take over an article highlights the opioid epidemic that is claiming the lives of hundreds in the area. Many of these victims are youth, and it is the responsibility of all parents to ensure their teens know of the dangers drugs pose. 

Man's attempt to hide drug crimes from wife brings other charges

A Florida man might have thought he had it all worked out when he called the police to report a mugging. In an effort to hide his drug crimes from his wife, he landed behind bars on other charges. The man whose plans backfired is a 35-year-old resident of DeLand.

On a recent Tuesday, the man called the police to report being robbed. He claimed two men robbed him of $425 while he was at a gas station. Police say he elaborated in his description of the alleged robbers, giving their heights and even describing the shoes they wore. Police immediately launched a search for the scoundrels.

Florida EMT faces allegations of forgery and grand theft

Overwhelming financial obligations can sometimes cause people in Florida to do things that they would not normally do. White collar crimes may bring short term relief but can have devastating long-term consequences. Those who are charged with crimes like fraud, forgery and embezzlement may realize the gravity of the situation and seek legal counsel.

An EMT in Polk County is currently facing criminal charges that followed allegations of forgery. According to court documents, a 28-year-old woman who was employed as a fire rescue emergency medical technician submitted a certificate to prove she completed a physical abilities test at the Broward Fire Academy. Such a qualification would have earned her a position as a firefighter along with an annual salary increase totaling $11,123.

Driver charged with DUI in his own driveway

Drivers in most states will know that it is illegal to have open alcoholic beverage containers in their cars, although laws vary from state to state. However, those in Florida may not realize that they can be charged with DUI if their passengers have unsealed alcohol containers in the vehicle. Furthermore, it is even unlawful for drivers and passengers to have open alcohol containers while they are seated in or on parked vehicles in areas accessible to the public -- not restricted to roads.

An example of such a case is on record in another state where an officer responded to a complaint about excessive noise. Upon arrival at the address, the officer claimed he was just in time to see a man reversing his vehicle out of his garage. The driver noticed the officer's light and pulled back. However, the police suspected impairment, and when the driver's blood-alcohol content was tested, the results indicated a BAC that was three times higher than the legal limit. A DUI charge was filed, but the man claimed his driveway was not a public road, and he moved to have the charges dismissed.

The consequences of a marijuana drug possession charge

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida. However, many people who do not qualify for medical reasons still resort to using the substance recreationally. Little do they realize that marijuana possession is still a criminal offense. Individuals who are caught with small amounts of cannabis risk cutting their bright and promising futures short. 

Here is what all citizens should know about the state's marijuana possession law.

3 tips for keeping kids away from drugs

South Florida communities such as Fort Myers and Cape Coral are known as welcoming places to live and raise families. According to a report from the Sun Sentinel, though, there may be another reputation threatening to take over: an opioid epidemic that is claiming the lives of hundreds in the area.

Many of these victims are youth, and it is the responsibility of all parents to ensure their teens know of the dangers drugs pose. 

DUI charges? Mistakes to avoid during a field sobriety test

Any driver can be pulled off the road in a traffic stop in Florida. If law enforcement suspects a driver of DUI, a field sobriety test may be requested. If the driver is sober, he or she might be anxious to demonstrate that, and if a person was driving under the influence of alcohol, the prospect of being charged might cause undue anxiety. Doing what the officer orders while under such stress can be difficult, but there are certain errors that a driver must try to avoid during a field sobriety test.

The most important thing not to do is to fall over -- even if it takes every bit of concentration. Balance is an integral part of most of the tests the driver will be requested to perform, and staying upright is essential. Fear of the consequences sometimes makes drivers flee the scene or run off -- to their own detriment as an arrest is sure to follow.

White collar crimes charges may follow theft of medical records

Reportedly, some 15,000 documents were stolen from the records of a plastic surgeon in another state. The type of information that can be gained from the files of cosmetic surgeons nationwide, including in Florida, can be damaging to the patients, many of whom may be celebrities. In this case, the surgeon confirmed that many of the stolen documents contained personal information about famous personalities. A former employee is a suspect in this possible case of white collar crimes.

Reportedly, the employee was a suspect in an embezzlement investigation that led to her resignation. The surgeon said she claimed to have lost the office cell phone, but it was later found at a storage facility, at which time the theft of medical records was also discovered. Furthermore, after unlocking the recovered cell phone, more privacy breaches are said to have become evident.

Florida’s underage drinking laws

If your child has been charged with underage drinking, you may be confused about what Florida’s laws are concerning the crime. We at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey realize the stress that parents feel in these situations and are here to help you understand the laws and penalties that your child may be facing.

 

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