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How to deal with a DUI charge before trial

If you are facing DUI charges in Daytona Beach, you might think there is nothing you can do until you get your day in court. Even so, you might still find yourself wondering what you can do to help your case before your trial date arrives. Though you probably intend to hire an attorney and follow his or her guidance, there are some things you can do that can help improve the outcome of your situation before it is time for you to go to court. 

Common Closing Argument Errors By Prosecutors

Closing argument is the last opportunity for each side to speak with the jury interrupted before deliberations. The power of closing argument cannot be emphasized enough as the words said in closing argument can echo in the jury's mind long after deliberations. Think "if the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." Although lawyers have plenty of room to argue, there are still limitations to what can be argued at this critical stage in the trial. Furthermore, there are certain prohibitions specific to prosecutors. The Florida Supreme Court expects "prosecutors, as representatives of the State, to refrain from inflammatory and abusive argument, maintain their objectivity, and behave in a professional manner." Many prosecutors adhere to this mantra and argue with undue professionalism, there are some who do not. Below is a list of popular closing argument errors:

Is your job in jeopardy because of a DUI conviction?

Let us say that you drive a truck for a nationally known potato chip supplier, and you are a valued company employee of some 12 years’ standing. You are expecting a promotion later this year. A co-worker just received a similar promotion, and you are invited to his celebration party.

The Dangers of Counterfeit Narcotics

The sale and use of counterfeit prescription drugs in Florida is nearing epidemic proportions. Illicit drug use always presents certain dangers, but when counterfeit prescription drugs are involved, the dangers are heightened. Through the increasingly prevalent use of pill presses, people are putting all sorts of substances in homemade pills and labeling them as popular narcotics. Many fake pills sold as oxycodone or Xanax actually contain the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Unwittingly ingesting fentanyl is extremely dangerous, with fentanyl overdoses causing 704 deaths in the first half of 2016 alone in Florida. Additionally, due to the way the statutes are worded, if a pill contains multiple substances, the government can charge you for the entire weight of the pill for any one of the contained substances.

Professional License Holders: Protecting Your Practice

A criminal conviction can entail a variety of life-altering consequences. Many of these are directly imposed by the judge as a result of the conviction, such as incarceration, fines, or probation. There are, however, additional civil penalties which are not part of the direct consequences but flow naturally as a result of a conviction. These are referred to as collateral consequences. Depending on your profession, the governing administrative body may mandate certain collateral consequences following a criminal conviction. This is especially true of professional license holders, who have various reporting obligations to their licensing agencies. The penalty for failing to meet these reporting obligations can be worse than the penalty for the conviction itself. Furthermore, while many collateral consequences arise at the conclusion of the case, reporting obligations can often be triggered by a mere criminal accusation, long before a conviction or resolution. Professional license holders are presumed to know this information, and ignorance of the law is not a defense in the eyes of the governing administrative bodies.

Cell Phone Privacy: Is Location Data Protected by the Fourth Amendment?

In a time of rapid technological advancement, courts must interpret the Constitution to accommodate modern technology. When the Constitution was written over two-hundred years ago, there was no way the Drafters could have anticipated the constitutional questions posed by cell phones, computers, or the internet. One of the most important roles of modern courts is shaping the contours of the constitutional protection offered by a two-hundred-year-old prohibition against "unreasonable searches and seizures" to digital privacy rights. On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court took another step towards defining these protections by agreeing to hear Carpenter v. United States, a cell-phone privacy case.

One injury can lead to multiple remedies.

Many injury claims result in a multitude of potential remedies for the injured person. Most people are fairly familiar with personal injury claims. Many times these claims are covered by insurance or relatively well to do entities/business which self insure.

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