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August 16, 2021

What does a criminal defense lawyer do?

What does a criminal defense lawyer do? Few roles in the US justice system are as important and decisive.Defense attorneys play a pivotal, central role in the American criminal justice…
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June 19, 2020

How to Check if You Have Traffic Tickets Online in 2021

With so much going on, it can be hard to keep up with the status of your traffic tickets. You probably know you received a ticket but might have lost…
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April 16, 2020

Florida Sentencing Guidelines

Florida courts and judges must follow specific Florida criminal sentencing guidelines for all criminal convictions. Although judges have some leeway when issuing a sentence, certain types of felonies must meet…
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April 16, 2020

Florida DUI Penalties

  Florida DUI Penalties are taken very seriously.  DUI charges in Florida carry serious consequences. Florida DUI laws are complicated, and the charges and penalties depend on several factors. An…
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March 3, 2020

Does a Speeding Ticket Affect Car Insurance Rates in Florida?

In Florida and in many other states, speeding tickets are common. But you shouldn’t overlook them because they can negatively affect your car insurance rate. If you have received a…
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March 2, 2020

Third Offense Driving on a Suspended License: Am I Facing Jail Time?

Driving with a suspended license is a serious criminal offense in Florida. As a result, the State of Florida has recently toughened its law regarding driving on a suspended license. …
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January 16, 2020

Actual Possession vs Constructive Possession in Florida

Actual possession   Actual Possession simply means that the drugs, contraband or illegal substance are found on your person, clothing or body.  It also means to have immediate and direct…
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January 10, 2020

What Is a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida?

Traffic violations happen regularly, especially for individuals who regularly commute to work, school, or to and from appointments.  If you accrue numerous traffic violations, you might face long-term license suspensions.…
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January 10, 2020

Is DUI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Florida?

  In Florida, a DUI conviction can have serious consequences. But the severity of those consequences depends on the specific facts of each case. A DUI in Florida can be…
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November 21, 2019

How to Pay a Traffic Ticket Online in Florida: Orange County

Paying a traffic ticket online probably seems like a simple and convenient option. You just want to get it done and stop thinking about it. But is that always the…
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November 21, 2019

What are the Fines for Speeding in a School Zone in Florida?

Florida law permits enforcement of a 15-20 mph speed limit in a school zone. This speed limit is enforceable for 30 minutes before, during, and after students arrive and leave…
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October 31, 2019

Overview of Florida Speeding Laws

Speeding is among the most common types of traffic violations. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) reports that Orange County issued nearly 46,000 speeding tickets in…
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October 31, 2019

How Much Does a Failure to Maintain Lane Ticket Cost?

  When people consider traffic violations, they usually assume that these violations are speeding tickets or red light tickets. Those are the most common tickets issued in Florida, but there…
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September 20, 2019

What’s the Penalty for Driving with a Revoked License in Florida?

What happens when a person commits a crime or is guilty of a certain number of traffic offenses/accumulates too many points on their record? Their driver’s license may be revoked…
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September 20, 2019

How Much Jail Time Do I Face in Florida as a Habitual Traffic Offender?

Understanding a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida     Most traffic offenses are punishable by a small fine and points assessed against one’s driving record but nothing more. On the…
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September 20, 2019

What’s the Punishment for DUI in Florida?

  Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious offense in the state of Florida. Indeed, a person who receives a DUI conviction may face…
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August 23, 2019

How to Get a Red Light Camera Ticket Dismissed

Florida has aggressively embraced red light cameras over the past few years. Sold as a public safety measure, red light cameras actually help the government flood its coffers with money.…
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August 23, 2019

Florida Stop Sign Rules

    Florida Stop Sign Rules Many accidents happen at intersections because motorists do not follow the rules of the road. A stop sign, or a red light, is a…
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August 22, 2019

What Should You do if You Get a Ticket for Running a Stop Sign?

Florida law is very clear that you must stop at a stop sign. The law also tells you where to stop and how you must yield to traffic. If you…
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August 21, 2019

What’s the Penalty for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida?

Florida law is very clear that those involved in a car accident should remain at the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, so many drivers flee that Florida is now facing…
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August 20, 2019

What Should You Do if You Get a Lane Violation Ticket?

Lane violations are surprisingly common and are regulated under the Florida code. If you receive a ticket, you have options, but not all options are the same. Generally, you can…
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August 19, 2019

Is Driving with a Suspended License a Misdemeanor?

Driving with a suspended license can be a misdemeanor. Florida statute § 322.34 defines driving with a suspended license and sets out the penalties that you will face. Many people…
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June 27, 2019

What Should You Do With Your Careless Driving Ticket in Florida?

  If you recently got a careless driving ticket in Florida, we know that you likely have many questions about how it will impact your driving record and your possible…
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June 27, 2019

What Should You Do If You Get a Red Light Camera Ticket in Florida?

Paying a laywer for what seems like small issue when you're still facing a fine is a tough call. But it's worth it. Often, we can ensure that you won't…
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June 27, 2019

What Happens When You Get a DUI in Florida?

Getting stopped for drunk driving and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida can be an anxiety-inducing experience. It is extremely important for anyone who is facing DUI…
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June 27, 2019

What is the Maximum Fine for a Conviction of Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License?

If you are facing traffic charges for driving without a valid driver’s license in Florida, you are likely wondering what the maximum penalties are that you could be facing. The…
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June 27, 2019

What is the Maximum Fine for a Conviction of Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License?

If you are facing traffic charges for driving without a valid driver’s license in Florida, you are likely wondering what the maximum penalties are that you could be facing. The…
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May 29, 2019

Florida To Enforce Ban On Texting While Driving

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 24, 2019) - Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed a bill on Friday, May 17th toughening Florida’s prohibitions on texting while driving. Starting January 1, 2020, Florida police…
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May 19, 2019

What Is the Penalty for a First DUI Conviction in Florida?

Consuming alcohol or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel of a car is never a good idea - not only is driving while intoxicated or impaired extremely unsafe, but…
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May 17, 2019

Is Leaving the Scene of an Accident a Felony?

When two motor vehicles are involved in a crash in Florida, or when a motor vehicle and another object or person collide, stopping at the scene and exchanging information is…
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May 15, 2019

How Do I Check if My License Is Suspended in Florida?

If you’ve faced numerous traffic penalties or have been convicted of a major traffic offense, such as a DUI, your driver’s license may have been suspended. If your driver’s license…
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May 10, 2019

Steps to Take After a Red Light Ticket in Florida

Red light cameras are found in numerous locations throughout Florida. And if you drive through a red light, even if a police officer doesn’t witness the offense, the camera may…
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April 16, 2019

How to Check if I Got a Red Light Ticket in Florida 2021

We get it. You don't want to pay us when you are still looking at a fine. But in most cases, we can ensure that you won't receive any points…
Careless DrivingInformation
April 12, 2019

What is Careless Driving in Florida?

Driving deserves your full attention. Unfortunately, many motorists are too distracted or careless when they get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Because of this, innocent victims are injured…
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April 8, 2019

How Many Points is Careless Driving in Florida?

  Careless driving in one of the most common traffic citations in Florida. According to the most recent data provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,…
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April 8, 2019

How Much is a Ticket for Running a Red Light?

  If you were stopped and cited for running a red light, you are certainly not alone. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that more than…
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April 7, 2019

How to Dismiss a Traffic Ticket in Florida

Traffic tickets have a reputation for being minor annoyances. But these tickets can dramatically increase your insurance, cause you to lose money paying fines, and result in a license suspension.…
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April 5, 2019

Can You Go to Jail for a Hit and Run?

As explained by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), drivers must stop their vehicle and remain at the scene after an accident. The failure to do so is a…
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April 5, 2019

Can You Go to Jail for a Hit and Run?

As explained by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), drivers must stop their vehicle and remain at the scene after an accident. The failure to do so is a…
DUI/DWIInformation
April 5, 2019

Florida DUI Laws

According to information published by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 32,684 people were arrested for DUIs in the state in 2017, including 1,899 in Orange County alone. Florida has…
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April 3, 2019

How Much Does a Recklsss & Careless Driving Ticket Cost?

Every driver is occasionally careless. But if you get caught, then you can expect to receive a traffic ticket, which can raise a lot of problems for motorists. Many people…
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February 11, 2019

Is It Worth Fighting a Speeding Ticket?

  No one likes to think about the idea of getting a ticket, especially if this isn’t the first time and therefore a ticket is sure to mean a hike…
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February 9, 2019

Is Going to Court for a Speeding Ticket a Good Idea?

  If you are pulled over for speeding and issued a citation in the state of Florida, you have a few different options regarding how you want to approach the…
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February 8, 2019

Should You Contest Your Ticket in Florida?

Despite the dangers associated with speeding and other unlawful behaviors, most drivers in Florida don’t give much thought to going a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit,…
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February 7, 2019

How Long Do You Have to Pay a Speeding Ticket?

  Getting pulled over by the police can be a stressful experience, and one that no one wants to go through. But if you are pulled over and issued a…
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February 6, 2019

How to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced

Most drivers in the state of Florida are guilty of going above the speed limit at least once over the years, if not routinely. However, most drivers don’t intentionally speed…
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February 6, 2019

How to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced

Most drivers in the state of Florida are guilty of going above the speed limit at least once over the years, if not routinely. However, most drivers don’t intentionally speed…
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February 5, 2019

What are Your Options when You Get a Speeding Ticket?

  After receiving a speeding ticket, your first instinct might be to agree to pay the fine. Stop! Florida drivers actually have several options that they should fully consider before…
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February 4, 2019

Tips for How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

  So you’re trying to get somewhere important—maybe work, maybe to visit a relative. And yes, you might be going a little over the speed limit. But suddenly you see…
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February 3, 2019

How Much is a Speeding Ticket in Florida?

  Speeding tickets can be expensive.Certainly, no one is expecting to pay several hundred dollars simply becausethey got caught going a few miles over the speed limit. If you’ve received…
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February 3, 2019

How Much is a Speeding Ticket in Florida?

Speeding tickets can be expensive. Certainly, no one is expecting to pay several hundred dollars simply because they got caught going a few miles over the speed limit. If you’ve…
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February 2, 2019

Do I Have to Go to Traffic School for a Florida Speeding Ticket?

No, you don’t “have” to. However, the only way to avoid taking a class is to fight the traffic ticket and win. Or admit you are guilty, pay the fine,…
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January 19, 2019

The Complete Guide to Florida’s Field Sobriety Test

The three tests of the Standard Field Sobriety Test are: The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)The Walk and TurnThe One-Leg Stand These tests are administered systematically and are evaluated according to…
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January 19, 2019

Traffic stops on private property: what’s the rule?

Florida police have the authority to execute traffic stops on "streets and highways," but what about on private property like apartment complexes? Can a cop pull you over on private…
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December 26, 2018

What are my rights against Orlando’s Red Light Cameras?

Traffic tickets are difficult to avoid and costly to pay. Knowing your rights and having an effective traffic ticket attorney are essential in order to avoid fines, especially those associated…
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November 29, 2018

The Complete Guide to Florida’s SB 79: Texting while Driving

The rules of the road are changing, and we've got everything you need to know about operating your phone while driving in Florida. The recently-filed law, SB 79, makes clear…
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October 23, 2018

How to Fight Florida Turnpike Speed Limit Speeding Ticket

If you've ever traveled the Florida Turnpike, you know firsthand how tempting it is to drive faster than the posted speed limit (an average of 70 mph). It's a long,…
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September 3, 2018

The Five Best Reasons to Fight Your Speeding Ticket

You got pulled over and now you have to decide whether to pay the speeding ticket or fight it. The traffic courts, DMV, and other agencies won't always make it…
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May 14, 2018

3 Things You Should Do After A Driver’s License Suspension

A driver's license suspension can occur for numerous reasons, including a DUI conviction, accruing too many points on your record, or even failing to pay child support. Fortunately, you have…
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April 17, 2018

What Are The Consequences Of A Florida Speeding Ticket?

It's estimated that more than 100,000 speeding tickets are given each day. They're so common that people have grown accustomed to paying them rather than fighting them. But doing so…
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March 15, 2018

4 Most Common Reasons For A License Suspension In Florida

Florida imposes serious penalties for knowingly driving with a suspended license. The first time you're convicted of this offense, you could end up spending 60 days in the county jail…
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February 14, 2018

3 Reasons To Contact A Florida Speeding Ticket Attorney

A speeding ticket can impact you in several ways. You may be forced to pay a hefty fine; the infraction can add points to your driving record; and it can…
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February 7, 2018

Your 3 Options When You Get A Speeding Ticket In Florida

Speeding tickets are an annoying inconvenience. But they pose more than just a disruption to your day. They carry heavy fines, can add points to your driving record, and can…
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January 17, 2018

What Constitutes Driving Without A Valid Driver’s License?

It's unlawful to drive without a valid driver's license in Florida. If you're caught doing so, you could face fines and jail time. The problem is, some circumstances that could…
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January 3, 2018

Are You Driving With A Suspended License Without Knowing It?

Most people know whether their driver's license is in poor standing. For example, someone who's been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) knows whether his or her license has…
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December 18, 2017

How Can A No Valid Driver’s License Charge Impact You?

Florida Statute Section 322.03 stipulates that driving without a valid driver's license in Florida is a criminal offense. If you're caught doing it, and charged and convicted, you'll face penalties.…
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December 4, 2017

3 Consequences Of Driving While Your License Is Suspended

Many people assume their drivers' licenses can only be suspended as a result of traffic-related offenses. The truth is, license suspensions can be imposed for a variety of reasons, some…
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November 26, 2017

Suspended Or Revoked Driver’s License Attorney

In Florida, your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons. For example, you may have neglected to pay a traffic fine. You might have accrued…
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November 2, 2017

Red Light Camera Ticket Defense Attorney

You've received a red light camera ticket in the mail. You're tempted to pay the $158 Notice of Violation, if only to move on with your life. But that may…
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October 29, 2017

What To Expect If You’re Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter

If you caused a traffic accident due to reckless driving, and the accident resulted in someone's death (which can include a viable fetus), you could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.…
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September 13, 2017

How To Avoid A Fourth Time DWLS Conviction

A first-time conviction for driving with a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) is a misdemeanor. So too is a second conviction. It's a serious offense, but the consequences are less…
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August 15, 2017

Your Best Defense Against a Third Time Suspended License

Your driver's license can be suspended for numerous reasons, and some of them are less than obvious. For example, the court might issue a suspension if you're seriously delinquent in…
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July 18, 2017

Were You Pulled Over For Driving With A Suspended License?

Driving with a suspended license (DWSL) can have a serious impact on your life. It can result in large fines; it can lead to substantial jail time; it can burden…
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July 12, 2017

What To Do If Caught Driving Without A Valid Driver’s License

Florida Statute Section 322.03 criminalizes driving without a valid driver's license. The offense is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries fines and other penalties, including possible jail time. Motorists cited for…
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June 20, 2017

5 Things You Should Know About Getting A CDL Ticket In Florida

Your commercial driver's license may be critical to your livelihood. For that reason, it's important to protect your qualification as a commercial vehicle operator. Traffic tickets can literally affect your…
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June 12, 2017

The Serious Consequences Of Being A Habitual Traffic Offender

Florida is one of more than twenty states that have habitual traffic offender (HTO) laws, and impose associated penalties. If, due to your driving record, you're given HTO status, you'll…
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May 17, 2017

The Complete Guide To Resolving Florida Speeding Tickets

Many Florida drivers who receive speeding tickets opt to immediately pay them, if only to get on with their lives. This response often stems from a lack of understanding about…
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May 9, 2017

Understanding Florida Statute 316.193

Florida statute 316.193 stipulates the consequences of being convicted for driving under the influence. A conviction can negatively affect your driving privileges to the point that you lose them for…
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May 9, 2017

Understanding Florida Statute 316.193

Florida statute 316.193 stipulates the consequences of being convicted for driving under the influence. A conviction can negatively affect your driving privileges to the point that you lose them for…
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May 2, 2017

Can Your Vehicle Be Impounded If You’re Arrested For A DUI?

The short answer is yes. But it's worth familiarizing yourself with the details of vehicle impoundment stemming from an arrest for DUI to fully understand your exposure. An experienced attorney…
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April 4, 2017

What Happens If You Pay A Traffic Ticket Without Fighting It?

When you receive a traffic ticket, it's tempting to pay it and get on with your life. That's the simplest option. The alternative is to go to court and fight…
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March 23, 2017

Cited For Drunk Driving? Contact A DUI Attorney Immediately!

A DUI conviction on your driving record can impose severe consequences that impact you for years. If you already have a DUI on your record and are cited a second…
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March 20, 2017

3 Reasons To Call An Attorney When Caught Driving With Drugs

If a police officer catches you behind the wheel while in possession of controlled narcotics, you're likely to suffer severe penalties if the charges lead to a conviction. These penalties…
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March 6, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Always Call A Lawyer

The absolute worst time to call a traffic ticket attorney is after you've paid a ticket. By that point, the damage has already been done. The best time to call…
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March 6, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Always Call A Lawyer

The absolute worst time to call a traffic ticket attorney is after you've paid a ticket. By that point, the damage has already been done. The best time to call…
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January 20, 2017

It’s Easy To Fight A Florida Speeding Ticket. Here’s How

A speeding ticket isn't just a speeding ticket. It's a negative mark on your driving record. If you've been convicted of traffic infractions in the past, being convicted of speeding…
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January 16, 2017

How To Avoid Becoming A Habitual Traffic Offender In Florida

Most people receive at least one traffic ticket at some point in their lives, whether for speeding, running a red light, or texting and driving. Some receive multiple tickets. They…
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September 18, 2016

Don’t Let A Speeding Ticket Jeopardize Your Florida CDL

If you're a commercial driver, your livelihood depends on your ability to operate large and heavy vehicles. Unfortunately, this privilege can be taken from you if you're convicted of too…
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September 12, 2016

5 Reasons To Hire A Traffic Attorney

Florida Moving Violation? 5 Reasons To Hire A Traffic Attorney If you're like most drivers, you've received at least one ticket for a moving violation in the past. You have…
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August 26, 2016

How Speeding Tickets Can Hurt Your Record And Raise Your Rates

It's estimated that more than 40 million people receive speeding tickets each year. And according to the National Motorists Association, Florida tops the list as the state most likely to…
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August 23, 2016

Did You Receive A Red Light Camera Ticket? We Can Fight It For Your In Court!

Red light camera tickets have caused motorists more frustration than tickets issued for just about every other moving violation. Years ago, most recipients would just pay the associated fines to…
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August 6, 2016

Expungement And Traffic Tickets: How To Keep Your Record Clean

Moving violations can result in fines, license suspension, vehicle forfeiture, higher insurance rates, and even prison time. Worse, they can stay on your record for years. A felony violation can…
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July 28, 2016

7 Quick Tips For Driving Safely During The Summer

7 Quick Tips For Driving Safely During The Summer Summer is around the corner and millions of people will be hitting the road in the coming months. Some will be…
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February 9, 2016

What To Do After You Receive a Speeding Ticket in Florida

Are you feeling bummed that you just received a speeding ticket. Don’t worry. This is the first piece of advice we have for you. We are most likely able to…
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June 22, 2015

Fight Florida Turnpike Speeding Tickets With Help From a Florida Turnpike Traffic Ticket Attorney

If you have been pulled over for speeding on the Florida Turnpike, you need a speeding ticket attorney. The Florida Turnpike The Turnpike is a very popular highway because it's…
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July 28, 2014

Skubiak & Rivas P.A., Attorneys Warn Against Illegal Cell Phone Searches by Police Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court recently reached a unanimous ruling that police can no longer search cellular phones carried by people under arrest without first…
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June 16, 2014

I Violated My Probation in Florida, What Should I do?

I Violated My Probation in Florida, What Should I do?
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September 16, 2013

If You Have Too Many Points You May Lose Your Florida Drivers License

Having a Florida Drivers License is a privilege, not a right. This means that it can be removed from you at any point in time. There are several reasons the…
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August 9, 2013

Knowing and Hiring an Orlando Traffic Attorney

After many years of representing clients aggressively in Court, it seemed appropriate to discuss some recent developments within the legal community and specifically, traffic defense. In 1993, I began a…
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May 29, 2013

Have You Gotten A DUI in Orange, Seminole, or Osceola County Florida?

For drivers who are convicted of their first DUI in Orange County, Florida, there are several penalties, including the following: A fine of $250 to $500;License revocation of at least…