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February 2016 Archives

DUI on a Bicycle

It is commonly known that driving a car while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is illegal and dangerous. What about operating other types of vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? It is commonly thought that riding your bike home from a night of drinking is an easy and safe way to avoid harm and a DUI arrest. However, Florida is one of five states that have statues considering a bicycle a vehicle. Because of these statues Florida considers biking under the influence a crime. If your ability to drive is impaired, whether you are operating a motorized vehicle or a non-motorized vehicle, you are at risk for a DUI arrest.

Record number of prisoners exonerated in 2015

Florida residents are likely familiar with cases involving innocent individuals who were freed from prison after spending years behind bars. These wrongly-convicted individuals are usually exonerated when new evidence emerges or witnesses change their stories, but they are sometimes released after prosecutors have conducted reviews of their questionable cases. A National Registry of Exonerations report released on Feb. 3 revealed that 149 prisoners were exonerated in 2015, and the researchers gave much of the credit for this record figure to prosecutors who have established conviction integrity units.

The Legality of Spying

During a divorce, child custody or family law battle it may be tempting to channel your inner Nancy Drew and engage in a little spying on your spouse or ex-spouse in an attempt to give yourself a leg-up in court. Some of these methods are legal, however most of them are not and there is a fine line between legal, inadmissible in court and illegal. Whether you are attempting to find out whether your spouse or ex-spouse is hiding assets, having an affair or violating your final judgment it is easy to get yourself into a tricky situation when playing detective. Before you take any action to spy on your spouse, consult your attorney to figure out if what you plan will behoove or destroy your case in court.

55 individuals accused of gun and drug trafficking

On Jan. 28, Florida law enforcement officers reported that 55 individuals were indicted after they were accused of being involved in trafficking drugs and weapons. During five separate busts, authorities reportedly seized multiple guns, grenades and ammunition that was capable of piercing bullet proof vests in addition about 500 grams of crack cocaine and several kilos of heroin.