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How will you get to your new job if your license is revoked?

A new job is an exciting opportunity. You start yours next week in Cape Coral, so over the weekend, you met friends at a local bar for a little celebration.

You decided to drive yourself home after having enjoyed a few drinks. Law enforcement caught you weaving and arrested you on suspicion of DUI. Now you face license revocation. How will you get to that new job?

Juvenile crimes: What does community service involve?

In Florida, judges are authorized to sentence defendants to community service. In many cases, such court orders are issued for juvenile crimes, especially when the charges involve misdemeanors and delinquency. But what does community service involve?

Community service is often a part of deferred adjudication, a suspended sentence, fines, probation or pretrial diversion. Juveniles with no criminal history, who committed nonviolent crimes are typical candidates for community service. However, such court orders are always subject to the discretion of the judge.

How serious is a first DUI offense in Florida?

Drivers in Florida will be sensible to learn about the laws related to driving under the influence of alcohol. It is crucial to understand that even a first time DUI arrest can have severe consequences. However, anyone who is accused of drunk driving is entitled to legal counsel to protect his or her legal rights.

Anyone is free to drink alcohol, but no one is allowed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with a blood alcohol level that exceeds .08% if he or she is 21 or older. However, for drivers under age 21, the legal limit is .02%. Although drivers have the right to refuse breath and blood tests, the officer can obtain an electronic warrant by which a judge will order the driver to take the test. If the driver is then found intoxicated, the initial refusal can count against him or her in sentencing.

Miranda warnings as they relate to DUI cases

Miranda warnings are an integral component of the justice system. It is a warning police officers provide to suspects of crimes to inform them of their rights. Police read it to everyone from DUI offenders to teenagers who threaten relatives with a knife because they did not get enough tomatoes. 

Following a DUI arrest, police should read the driver his or her Miranda rights. This includes the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present and the right to have an attorney provided for you in the event you cannot afford one. Anyone arrested for DUI should be aware of these rights and how to invoke them. 

Former teacher awaits sentencing for drug crimes

A 37-year-old former Florida school teacher was recently found guilty by a jury in a case that involved multiple charges related to possession and selling of drugs to students at the middle school where she worked. Reportedly, she could be sentenced to as many as 35 years in prison for various drug crimes. According to court documents, investigations into the alleged crimes commenced in Dec. 2017.

The arrest report indicates that the middle school teacher drove students off campus to smoke the marijuana she had sold to them earlier. The sheriff's office reports that a student turned informant helped law enforcement in the investigation. Reportedly, the teacher sold Xanax and marijuana to the student, who paid her $20.

How a DUI may harm your child’s educational plans

Raising good kids in modern society can be challenging for any parent. Fortunately, if you encourage your son or daughter to pursue a college degree, you likely increase the chances of your child's success. Still, a conviction for driving under the influence may derail your teenager’s educational plans. 

In 2017, alcohol was a contributing factor in 23% of all fatal car accidents in Florida involving teen motorists. Your child does not have to die or sustain a serious injury in a drunk driving accident to suffer hardship, though. If prosecutors charge the young driver in your family with a DUI offense, he or she may experience a variety of educational consequences. 

Juvenile crimes: Teenager allegedly pays for murder of parents

The parents of a Florida teenager are pressing charges after learning that their daughter planned to pay someone to kill them. The 17-year-old girl was arrested for juvenile crimes and charged with attempted murder. A police affidavit indicates that the teenager planned to pay for the killings with money she allegedly stole from her parents.

According to the document, investigators questioned the girl's boyfriend, who said she told him about her plan to have her parents killed when they were both at a drug house. Investigators say the teenager admitted that she used money that she stole from her parents to pay for their murder. After a failed attempt by a friend who was paid $400, she allegedly hired another person to kill her parents for $900.

Alleged drunk driving costs child protection supervisor her job

Accusations of driving while intoxicated can have devastating consequences for anyone in Florida. Charges of drunk driving are serious, and a conviction can cause the driver to lose his or her driver's license, stiff fines, possible time in jail, along with a criminal record. These charges can even be damaging if no conviction is obtained because employers might react immediately after learning about an employee's arrest.

An example of such a case involves a supervising investigator with child protection services in Pinellas County. The sheriff's office report that deputies spotted a speeding car on U.S. 19 North shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Sept.1, and it appeared as if the driver struggled to keep to one lane. They pulled the driver over, and claim she had watery, bloodshot eyes, and they noticed a strong alcohol odor. The driver was identified as the 37-year-old employee of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Fort Myers man accused of weapons and drug crimes

Tips provided to the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers led to an investigation into the activities of a man from North Fort Myers. The tips implicated the 65-year-old man in drug crimes that involved possession and dealing. The Lee County Sheriff's office responded by launching an investigation into the alleged drug deals by its undercover narcotics unit.

The arrest reports allege that an undercover officer approached the suspect during the sting operation and claims the man sold him some fentanyl. This led to the narcotics team obtaining a search warrant for the alleged drug dealer's home. Reportedly, the search yielded a variety of pills including amphetamine, alprazolam, clonazepam, hydrocodone, hydrochloride, oxycodone, and suboxone pills and strips. Officers also seized crack cocaine, fentanyl and Narcan along with $18,000 in cash and eight firearms.

Steps to take after a hit-and-run injury

Hit and runs are incredibly dangerous. A four-year-old boy from Holiday suffered severe injuries following a hit-and-run incident. Police are still on the hunt for the driver responsible. 

Anyone who has been a victim of a violent crime needs to take the proper actions immediately. You greatly increase the odds of receiving adequate compensation if you know what to do in the aftermath. That way, if the cops can track down the driver responsible for the hit and run, you have sufficient evidence to take that person to court. 

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