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Blog Posts in July, 2012

Is there a difference between a criminal defense lawyer and a DUI attorney?

Many lawyers, in cities across the U.S. and especially in Sarasota, advertise themselves as "DUI attorneys". This will often lead to confusion from individuals looking for an attorney. Do ...
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If I got a DUI in Sarasota, Do I Need to Pay the Traffic Citations I got too?

If you plan to fight your DUI, you can file a motion to consolidate the traffic citations into the DUI case. If the judge grants the motion, the clerk will add your traffic citations to your criminal ...
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What is an open or straight up plea in Florida?

In Sarasota, a defendant facing criminal charges generally has several options. The first, and most common, is to accept the plea offer that the State (prosecutor) makes. If you have hired an ...
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What is the Difference Between an Arraignment and a Pre-trial Conference in Florida?

Two of the main court dates that one has in the course of a criminal case are the arraignment and the pre-trial conference. At Soler and Slack, P.A. we often get asked by those not familiar with the ...
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What is Doctor Shopping in Florida?

It seems there is a newspaper article at least once a week reporting that someone is arrested for "doctor shopping". See today's article regarding a Sarasota woman who was arrested for ...
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Can I be charged with DUI if I was not actually driving a car??

The short answer is – it depends. While most DUI's occur while an individual is actively driving a car, truck, or van, it is possible to get a DUI while not driving one of these vehicles. ...
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What is Obstruction (Resisting without Violence) in Florida?

What is Obstruction (Resisting without violence)? Obstruction (Resisting without violence) is a first degree misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in the Sarasota County Jail and/or by a ...
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How Long can Someone Sit in Jail with a Pending Case?

One of the biggest problems anybody charged with a crime endures is sitting in jail. A person can lose their job, their family, and their home by sitting in jail. The only thing that makes this worse ...
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How can I Drop Domestic Violence / Battery Charges?

Domestic violence charges include battery, assault, felony battery, or aggravated battery. What makes it "domestic" is basically that the defendant and victim live together—meaning a ...
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What Happens at First Appearance in Sarasota, Florida?

First Appearance is your first court date, usually within 24 hours of your arrest. At first appearance the judge will determine if there was PC (probable cause) for your arrest. If the judge decides ...
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