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Blowing over 0.08 doesn’t mean you can’t fight a DUI charge

Being accused of DUI can be incredibly intimidating. All sorts of fears regarding their future can come up for a person when facing such allegations. When faced with such a daunting situation, among the worries a person might have is that they might be a lock for being convicted.

When a person is facing DUI charges in Florida, it can be very important for them to have an accurate understanding of what options they have available, given their circumstances, for fighting the charges. Just assuming that they have no realistic routes for fighting the charges could lead to a person accepting a plea deal when doing so might not be in their best interests and when other options may be available. Skilled attorneys can provide individuals accused of DUI with explanations of what particular options they have related to fighting the charges brought against them.

The benefits of being a green card holder

There are many different reasons why a person might want to pursue a U.S. green card. One thing behind this is that there are a wide range of benefits of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. These benefits cover a number of areas.

For one, getting a green card can greatly open up the options a person from another country has in America. Being granted legal permanent resident status gives a person authorization to live, work and freely travel in the United States.

What is the maximum sentence for burglary in Florida?

Burglary accusations are not a uniform thing. Rather, each particular case has its own specific details regarding what exactly the suspect is accused of and what circumstances are claimed to have surrounded the alleged crime. These details can be incredibly impactful for individuals accused of burglary here in Florida. For one, they could affect what kind of prison sentence the suspect could be facing if they are convicted of the crime they are accused of.

This is because the details of the burglary allegations leveled against a suspect impact which degree of felony the crime they are accused of would fall under. There are three felony degrees burglary crimes can fall under: first, second and third. Which degree a burglary suspect is accused of has major ramifications for what sorts of consequences being convicted would have for them. For one, each degree has a different maximum prison sentence attached to it. The maximum sentences for burglary are:

Florida sees a lot of international property transactions

The real estate market here in Florida draws the attention of many different people. This includes individuals from other countries. These days, Florida sees a good portion of America’s international property transactions. This can be seen in recent data from the National Association of Realtors.

The statistics cover a one-year period ending in this past March. Reportedly, 22 percent of purchases of U.S. property by foreign buyers over that period were of property in Florida. The numbers also point to Florida properties being involved in around 26 percent of sales of U.S. property by individuals from other countries.

Penalties for some opioid crimes getting upped in Florida

Being accused of opioid crimes can expose a person to major potential penalties. And just how serious of penalties a person could face in relation to certain opioid crimes is increasing here in Florida. This is because of a new law that was recently passed in the state.

The new law makes a variety of penalty enhancements for dealing synthetic opioids. For example, it makes changes to what charges a person can face if accused of dealing the drug fentanyl. Under the new law, such individuals could potentially face state drug trafficking charges. Under previous law, trafficking charges could not be brought in relation to crimes connected to fentanyl dealing. Rather, only possession charges could be brought in relation to such offenses.

How does an ignition interlock work?

The consequences of driving under the influence can vary in different locations and depending on the circumstances under which authorities levied the allegations. From license suspension to jail time, the effects of a DUI could considerably impact your life. Of course, a conviction for charges must come about before you face sentencing for those charges, and while you may understand possible consequences, you may wish to learn more about particular ones.

For instance, if convicted of DUI, the court may require you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. While you may know that this device requires a breath sample before the vehicle starts, you may not know additional details about how the device works and what actions it performs.

The opportunities and challenges for immigrants in the U.S.

There are many opportunities living in the U.S. can present to immigrants. This may be a big contributor to the U.S. leading all other countries when it comes to the number of migrants it hosts.

However, along with opportunities, there are difficulties that can arise in connection to immigrating to the United States. These challenges can come in many different forms.

Common criminal defenses used in Florida

Being charged with a crime does not have to mean you will be spending the rest of your life, or most of it, behind bars in Florida. In fact, many defendants are able to have charges dropped or reduced if they use some of the most common criminal defenses when in front of a judge. We will discuss those common defenses in today's post.

A popular and obvious criminal defense is the truth. This is especially effective when the charges brought against you are based on false claims made by the prosecutor. Your criminal defense attorney will need to put all of his or her trust in the fact that you are telling the truth. Your attorney will also need to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are innocent of the charges filed against you.

New law offers hope to those whose mug shots are published online

There is no question that the majority of internet users are more than familiar with certain types of banner ads, meaning those digital advertisements lining the sides and bottoms of the webpages they happen to be reading. While many of these banner ads are for legitimate products and services, many others are for content that could best be described as salacious.

For example, many seek to draw readers to websites run by companies featuring mug shots, encouraging them to "learn the truth." While some might view this as harmless fun, it can actually prove incredibly damaging, particularly for those who were arrested but ultimately acquitted. 

What family members would be exempt from the travel ban?

The revised travel ban is expected to go into force later today. This comes after a U.S. Supreme Court decision this Monday which allowed certain portions of the ban to proceed. Later this year, the court will be hearing oral arguments on the ban.

The ban will apply to certain visitors from six countries: Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iran.

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