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How can the state go forward with no evidence?

Many times we talk to people who are concerned that the state is going forward with charges against them or a family member with no evidence. A typical scenario is that a witness and/or victim is ...
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What is Early Case Resolution (ECR) in Sarasota and Manatee?

Early case resolution (ECR) is a court hearing held in front of a judge. Generally these hearings happen once a week in front of a series of rotating judges. ECR's are only for those facing a ...
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I can't make it to my court date for my misdemeanor criminal case in Sarasota County. What can I do?

If you hire our firm to represent you for your misdemeanor case in Sarasota County we can likely waive your appearance for your arraignment and your pre-trial conference court dates. This means that ...
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I was arrested and charged with DUI but I was not drinking or taking drugs, can I be convicted of DUI?

The state must be able prove that you were under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance in order to successfully convict you for driving under the influence. If the state has no ...
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What is the necessity defense and is it applicable to my DUI case?

If you had no choice but to drive because of some type of emergency where you or another person were faced with bodily injury or death, and you were charged with driving under the influence, then you ...
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Is it a crime in Florida to let someone drive my car if I know they have a suspended driver's license?

Yes. Florida Statute 322.36, Permitting Unauthorized Operator to Drive, states: "A person may not authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned by him or her or under his or her dominion or ...
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I have been arrested for a crime, but do not have a court date, what can I do?

This is a common question. Many people will either be arrested, given a citation, or given a notice to appear, but be unsure as to what to do next or when their court date is. If you believe you do ...
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How do I get my mug shot removed from the internet in Florida?

Unfortunately for those arrested, there are companies out there such as mugshots.com and Sarasotamugshots.com in the questionable business of posting mug shots of individuals who are newly arrested ...
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Can I smoke marijuana in Florida if I have a prescription for it from another state?

The simplest answer is no. Florida has not recognized a medical use for marijuana and has not yet enacted legislation recognizing prescriptions from other states. Possessing or smoking marijuana in ...
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What is a wheel witness in Florida?

A "wheel witness" is an essential witness in a case against a person for various criminal driving charges. As part of all driving charges, the prosecutor must prove that the individual ...
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My friend and/or loved one is in the Sarasota County Jail and I need to take care of his or her house and business. How can I do this?

You may be able to accomplish this with a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a powerful legal document delegating authority from one person to another. It can be used to give another the right ...
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Arrested for DUI? The jail video may save you.

If you are arrested for DUI the arresting officer may, or may not, video record you. (This will usually depend on whether the arresting officer has a vehicle equipped with video recording equipment.) ...
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My loved one is in the Sarasota County Jail and needs medication, what can I do?

We have heard numerous complaints that the Sarasota County Jail is not providing inmates with their medication. Sarasota County Jail medical is handled by a company called Armor Correctional. Armor ...
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Do not ruin your case! Do not talk about your case over the jail or visitation phones.

Do you know that the Sarasota County Jail records ALL communications: all phone calls and all visitation visits? The prosecutors and detectives can and regularly do listen to these recordings. They ...
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I have been contacted by a police officer or detective who wants to talk to me about a crime I may have been involved with.

***Each situation is entirely unique. Do not rely on the information in this post to make a decision concerning your particular case. Please call our attorneys if you would like to discuss your ...
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What is the difference between actual possession and constructive possession in Florida?

In order to convict one for possession of drugs or paraphernalia the state must prove that the person was in actual or constructive possession of the controlled substance or paraphernalia. Actual ...
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My probation officer told me that I violated my probation (VOP'd), should I quit probation and stop going to appointments and completing terms?

Absolutely not! The state has the burden to prove that an alleged probation violation was both willful and substantial. For instance, if you violated because you did not pay court costs, and you have ...
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Should I testify in my case in Florida?

When you are represented by an attorney in your criminal case, the attorney has a large amount of control over how to proceed with your defense. A good attorney will always listen and try to proceed ...
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Can my child be charged as an adult in Florida?

Under Florida law it possible for a juvenile who is 14 or older to be charged as an adult. In legal terms, it is known as "direct filing". The decision whether or not to direct file a charge ...
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Can I be charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) in Florida if I am caught driving a scooter or motorized bike?

Florida law states that: "Any person whose driver's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked… who, knowing of such cancellation, suspension, or revocation, ...
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What does a "$0 bond" mean for a criminal charge in Sarasota County, Florida?

In Sarasota County, when a person has a "$0 bond" they in reality have no bond at all--they cannot bond. Certain charges will have a standard bond of $0 set upon arrest. ( Click here for ...
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Will I get arrested and go to jail at my pre-trial conference court date?

We get asked quite frequently if people get arrested and go to jail at pre-trial conference for a misdemeanor charge in Sarasota County. The answer is generally, no. It is possible, though. Generally ...
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Can a polygraph exam (lie detector test) be used against me in Florida?

The answer, as usual, is it depends. Polygraphs cannot be used in court. Florida case law is clear that a polygraph is never admissible in court because it has not been shown to pass stringent enough ...
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Can I be charged with possession of controlled substance if I have a prescription in Florida?

In Florida, it is illegal to possess any controlled substance without a prescription. Having a prescription can be a defense to this charge depending on the substance. If you are charged with ...
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When can depositions be taken in my case?

One of the most important things an attorney can do for you in a criminal case is depose witnesses the state will be calling. However, clients often do not understand that depositions cannot always be ...
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