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Blog Posts in December, 2012

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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