The Florida House of Representatives could consider a new bill that would force first time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle in the wake of a conviction. Currently the Florida law forces first time DUI offenders to place a ignition interlock device in their car if their blood alcohol content was 0.15 or higher, or if a minor was present at the time of the DUI. This new law would be a blanket rule forcing any first time DUI offender to install an ignition interlock device.
In some celebrity news that crosses over into the criminal defense realm, the daughter of Laurence Fishburne -- a well-known actor known for his iconic performance as Morpheus in "The Matrix" -- was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend. According to the report, Montana Fishburne blew two breath tests that were significantly over the 0.08 blood alcohol limit.
A common talking point about the "War on Drugs" or drug crimes in general is the amount of legal punishment that should be applied to someone accused and/or convicted of drug crimes. People who are accused of such crimes face a mountain of penalties, from extensive jail time to massive fines and other legal penalties. There are also mandatory minimums in some cases, where no matter the circumstances of the case, the individual accused faces many years in prison as a base punishment.
While the following story didn't occur in the state of Florida or in southwest Alabama, it still holds importance to many people who are accused of white collar crimes -- especially tax evasion.
Imagine that you are accused of a crime by the police. Doesn't matter if they pulled you over in your car or if they stopped you on the street -- just imagine how anxious and scared you would feel. The force of the legal power the police have could ruin your career and dampen your future prospects, let alone deal you extensive penalties in the short term. Amidst all this fear and anxiety, what would you do? How would you react? What is someone supposed to do in that situation?
Drunk driving charges carry serious penalties with them, even if the violation is your first-such offense. In the state of Florida, there are many different penalties you could face for a first-time DUI. For example, your vehicle could be impounded and your license suspended. And we also haven't yet mentioned the jail time, fines, ignition interlock and other penalties that could be thrown at you.
Being charged with a crime is an incredibly stressful moment in anyone's life. It can inflict serious emotional damage on a person, making them feel alone and helpless. The prospect of sitting in a jail cell for months or years on end; the idea of sitting in a cold, dimly-lit room while police officers question you; the fear that no one knows what you are going through or that the outside world may never hear your story. These are all things that can rush through a person's mind as they wait for their day in court.
As the days go by and we cross months off of our calendars, everyone gets closer and closer to the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. No one likes doing their taxes, but it is an important responsibility that everyone needs to uphold. Besides, there might be a nice refund in it for you.
To some people, drug possession is a simple criminal charge: the police catch someone carrying an illegal substance and they arrest and charge that person for their criminal offense. It seems pretty cut-and-dried, right? However, that supposedly simple drug possession charge has a few intricate legal details working in the background.
When Florida residents are charged with a crime, it can be a shock to the system. After all, the vast majority of Americans are law-abiding citizens who will never have any interaction with the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, dozens of people are arrested in the Pensacola area every day. However, it is the people who are arrested for white collar crimes, such as tax fraud, who may be facing the most concern.