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Charged with possession of a drugs after an overdose in Florida?

If you overdosed and were later charged a violation of Florida Statute 893 (the most common being possession of a controlled substance, possession of opiate pills, possession of heroin, possession of ...
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Sarasota First Appearance Attorney for Domestic Battery Cases

If one is arrested for domestic battery in Sarasota County, that person's bond will automatically be set at $0. This means that the person will not be able to bond out of jail, but will first have ...
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What Happens after Someone is Arrested for Domestic Battery in Sarasota, FL?

When someone is arrested for domestic battery in Sarasota, FL they are brought to the Sarasota County Jail to be processed and booked. Typically, an individual arrested for domestic battery will have ...
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I cannot do supervised release, help!

If there are terms and conditions that the judge ordered as part of your supervised release (SPR) and you cannot complete them, do not panic. We may be able to help. At first appearance, the judge has ...
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What is Supervised Release (SPR) in Sarasota, FL?

If a defendant is arrested and brought before a judge for first appearance in Sarasota County, the judge may order that the defendant be placed on supervised release (SPR). The defendant will then be ...
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What may happen if I do not go to court (or miss a court date) for my criminal case?

If a defendant does not show up for court for a mandatory court appearance in their case (such as an arraignment, pre-trial conference, case management, docket sounding, or trial date) the judge will ...
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What is the 20 minute observation period for a DUI breath test?

A police officer must observe a person for at least 20 minutes prior to administering a DUI breath test in order to ensure that the person has not taken anything by mouth or regurgitated. This is ...
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Can I get my DUI reduced to a Reckless Driving charge?

It is very difficult to tell from the beginning whether a DUI charge can or will be reduced to a criminal reckless driving charge. Generally, if the defense develops a strong enough case, and the ...
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What is an arraignment for a criminal case in Florida?

An arraignment is a court date where the state (prosecutor) informs you of what they are charging you with. In some cases (particularly in misdemeanor cases) the state will make a plea offer. If you ...
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What can happen if a witness or victim does not show up for deposition in a battery case?

**Please DO NOT rely on this blog post to make a decision in your criminal case. Every situation is entirely unique. Please contact our attorneys to schedule a free consultation** Ultimately, the ...
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The state is asking for jail at my arraignment, is there anything that can be done?

Often times, yes there is. At arraignment (which is very early in a criminal case) the state usually has done very little investigation. In other words, they might not have any idea what really ...
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What is a "welfare check" or the "community caretaking doctrine"

A law enforcement officer generally cannot search or seize you without reasonable suspicion or probable cause that a crime has taken place, or is about to take place. What this means is that a cop ...
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Have you been charged with DUI, do you suffer from any medical or mental health conditions?

If you have been charged with DUI, be sure to tell your criminal defense attorney if you currently suffer, or have suffered in the past, from any medical or mental health conditions. Certain ...
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Will my juvenile conviction count against me for my new arrest?

There are a lot of misconceptions about how juvenile charges work and how they effect charges later on in life. Most people view juvenile charges and convictions as being not very serious. However, ...
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Arrested in Sarasota or Manatee for underage drinking as part of Operation Dry Spring?

Recently, a statewide initiative to curb underage drinking took place in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Known as Operation Dry Spring, the initiative focused on underage drinkers out for spring break ...
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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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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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I was charged with misdemeanor battery after a mutual combat fight, are there any defenses available to me?

A defense available to those charged with misdemeanor battery (also called "touch or strike battery") is the defense of consent. An essential element of misdemeanor battery involves an ...
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Accused of Domestic Violence or Battery? Be sure to take pictures of all defensive Injuries.

Oftentimes there are no independent witnesses in battery and domestic battery situations—they are often "he said, she said" crimes. Police often rush in and charge one person hastily, ...
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I was holding someone else's valid prescription and I was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. OR What is the prescription defense?

Florida law permits an individual to legally possess a controlled substance obtained pursuant to a valid prescription. The “prescription defense” is available to the prescription holder, ...
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Arrested in Sarasota's Latest Sex Sting?

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office recently arrested 30 people in a sting called "Operation Intercept II." Most of the subjects arrested were charged with Traveling to Solicit a Child ...
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What is extradition in Florida?

The term "extradition" often brings up the image of an international criminal who jumps from country to country committing crimes and has finally been caught in some country and the relative ...
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Cops investigated a crime but haven't made an arrest? What's going on?

As odd as this question may first sound, people often become concerned when there is a delay between investigation and arrest. Many times a detective will talk with an individual, the individual may ...
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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 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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