Big Change in Law Regarding Fight Against Opiate Trafficking

To tackle the growing problem of opiate addiction and trafficking, the Florida Legislature made a big change to trafficking and possession laws in Florida in 2014. In June of last year the governor signed into law SB 360 which raised the trafficking threshold weights for oxycodone and hydrocodone, and adjusted the minimum sentences for trafficking […]

Stand Your Ground Explained

  The Scope of the Law August 7, 2015 would have been Trayvon Martin’s twentieth birthday. On such an anniversary, a review of some of the laws that applied in how the case was handled is apt. One of the more important aspects of the case of Martin, unlike Michael Brown or Eric Garner who […]

Does DUI Legislation Need an Overhaul?

The state of legislation regarding drinking and driving is something of a tangled mess. In the United States, every individual state has its own laws, some with stricter penalties than others. In other countries, the laws vary by province or even by county. The result is a muddled system with inconsistent sanctions. Does DUI legislation […]

Florida legislation for hit-and-run accidents

  Hit-and-run accidents are a serious problem in Florida, which has unfortunately developed a reputation for its hazardous roads and dangerous drivers. In 2012, there were close to 70,000 hit-and-run accidents in Florida, resulting in death, injury, and/or property damage. One case involving cyclist Aaron Cohen, who died in a hit-and-run accident in 2012, has […]

How Does Acid Reflux Affect a Breathalyzer Test?

  Being pulled over by the police is stressful. It is even more so if you are suspected of driving under the influence. However, if you have the medical condition GERD or gastroesophogal reflux disease, better known simply as acid reflux or heartburn, you might end up receiving a false reading on a breathalyzer test. […]

Underage Drinking – When Parents are Responsible

  In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed requiring all states to increase the minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol to the age 21. Despite the fact that all states are in compliance with the act, in certain circumstances, legal loopholes and exemptions exist in a number of states giving minors […]

Connection Between Low Carbohydrate Diets and DUI Arrest

  Being pulled over by the police may end badly for you even if you didn’t do anything wrong. I’m not just talking about arguing with the police and taking up an aggressive stance – that will land you in jail pretty quickly and perhaps get you teased – during a seemingly innocent routine stop […]

Ignorance of the law is no excuse

  Feeding pigeons, playing bingo or eating while sitting on a monument, bizarre as they might sound; they are all things that many tourists have been found guilty of when on their holidays abroad. When you book your dream trip overseas it’s certainly worth doing a little research into the area so that you don’t […]

Cell Phones and Driving: What’s the Florida Law?

  The legality of using your cell phone while driving can be a bit confusing, especially if you travel between states. Eleven states have outright banned hand-held cell phones for all drivers. Some have simply banned hand-held phones for teenage drivers, those with learner’s permits, or those who’ve had their license for only a short time. Some […]

Is it legal for the police to search your cell phone?

  Imagine that you have been arrested and the police search the contents of your cell phone, and find incriminating photographs linking you to the crime. Does law enforcement have the legal right to view and seize data from your cell phone, such as text messages, email or photographs, simply because you have been arrested? Examining the […]