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Blog Posts in March, 2013

The police officer is lying: I never gave consent to search

It is becoming increasingly common to read police reports where evidence of drugs was allegedly found after a "consensual" search only to speak to the defendant who is adamant that he or she ...
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I can't afford my probation fees and costs, what can I do?

When being sentenced by a judge in a criminal case, often fines and fees are the last things on a defendant's mind. However, these monetary matters can cause potential problems later on down the ...
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The police officer lied about the reason for stopping my car and I was charged with a crime, what can I do?

There have been several articles in the Sarasota Herald Tribune recently regarding police officers who apparantly lied about the reason that they stopped a vehicle. A police officer cannot stop your ...
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What is an inventory search of my car in Florida?

Most people are familiar with your typical search and seizure scenario - a cop comes to someone's door holding a piece of paper indicating a judge has granted them access to the home to search for ...
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I got a DUI, will I need to get an ignition interlock device installed on my car?

An ignition interlock is a device typically installed on the dashboard of a vehicle that requires a person to provide a breath sample by blowing into the device in order to start the vehicle. The ...
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How and where do I sign up for DUI School and the Victim Impact Panel?

In the state of Florida, if you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) you are required to complete the DUI School and Victim Impact Panel. As of this writing, the DUI School Level I ...
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Two or more DUI's? Sarasota DUI Court focuses on getting you help rather than giving you a lot of jail time.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and have a prior DUI conviction, you may qualify for Sarasota County DUI Court. The Sarasota DUI Court Program is an excellent program ...
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Want to search if someone is on felony probation or in the Department of Corrections (prison) in Florida?

Click here for the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) website where you can search if someone is in the custody of DOC (currently in prison), including if someone is being supervised by DOC (on ...
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Should I Turn Myself in on a Warrant in Sarasota/Manatee?

Let's face it, no one wants to go to jail. If you know you have a pending warrant for your arrest, however, biting the bullet and turnig yourself in can be advantageous. One benefit is that you ...
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