DUI and DWI Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21 , 2013 – Many American families are all too familiar with what happens when someone drives drunk. Many have lost loved ones to a drunken driver. “Drinking and driving still seems to be a national pastime,” stated Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “No matter how much coverage a death by drunken driver gets, how many educational campaigns are launched, people still drive while under the influence. And, not only that, but they also still choose to ride with a drunk driver; often a serious […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Theft is on the rise. That includes shoplifting, employee theft, intentional administrative errors and organized retail crime. “One of the more disturbing set of statistics in the news lately is based on a national study done by the University of Florida that shows U.S. retailers estimate they lost roughly $35.3 billion in 2011. The statistics are eye-opening, in that it appears the highest percentage of theft was due to employees, standing at 44.2 percent, with 28.5 percent being chalked up to shoplifting and organized retail crime, and some 12.1 percent lost […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – Drinking and driving in Florida has many consequences. “People in Florida may not understand that under the law here, DUI is one offense that covers driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances. This offense is proven by the level of impairment of the driver’s faculties at the time they are stopped,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “For a deeper understanding of the law, a good reference page to visit is here.” The first conviction for Florida DUI is a fine of not less […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – Sobriety checkpoints exist to check for a wide variety of offenses. “Sobriety checkpoints are not just about catching drunk drivers. They are also designed to check drivers for drug-impaired driving, not to mention equipment violations, proper registration, proper insurance coverage, and whether they have a valid driver’s license,” said Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense lawyer. Consider a recent sobriety checkpoint operation held in a neighboring county, in which County Sheriffs halted at least 200 vehicles, and in the process, arrested and charged one individual for not having a valid […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2012 – Violating probation in Florida usually means going back to jail. “Probation violations in Florida may mean completely rescinding probation,” said Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “And that applies to violating the generic probation rules, and other stipulations that may specifically apply to each individual’s case.” Probation is typically awarded based on a number of factors, which may include the severity of the crime committed and the exact nature of the offense, plus the offender’s existing record, if applicable. If an offender has been granted probation, or if an […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2012 – A relatively new form of criminal justice is taking hold in the United States. Approximately 40 “community courts” around the country are handling mostly low-level crimes in a way that shows a more humane, pragmatic approach to the problem of meting out justice for marginal transgressions. “These community courts are a welcome reform to the criminal justice process” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Low-level offenders should be helped and encouraged to clean up their act without being thrown in jail.” Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice say […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – A forty-year-old South Florida man, a former South Beach club owner, was cleared of a DUI charge on Monday, though he still faces a reckless driving charge. His attorney has stated that the dismissal of the DUI charge was a huge victory. Standard police vehicle and arrest videotape, which showed the accused going through the standard inebriation testing procedure with police when he was arrested, was instrumental in getting the man’s charge dropped. In the video, the man is shown removing his socks and emptying his pockets before being patted down […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – Fortunately, the increase in traffic deaths in Palm and Broward counties is small, but it is not exactly clear what is causing them. The focus seems to be on distracted driving. One might have assumed immediately it was driving under the influence, but distracted driving can cause drivers to have the same or similar handicaps, such as delayed reactions and inattentiveness. In Florida, there are no laws against distracted driving, though there are in other states. Someone could be driving in Florida, not intoxicated, but texting, and still be within the […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – In Florida the legal blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or greater is how police determine if a driver is intoxicated. A driver suspected of DUI or DWI may be subject to a field sobriety test conducted by a police officer. During a field sobriety test, a motorist may be subjected to a series of tests. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) is an involuntary twitching of the eye that occurs at sharp peripheal angles. It occurs at lesser angles when someone is intoxicated. The officer generally monitors that motion with […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Getting convictions on sex crimes is a top priority for many prosecutors in Florida. With the growing publicity of sexual offenses, convictions are a surefire way to get popularity within the community. Unfortunately, with such an aggressive effort to get more convictions, many innocent and wrongfully accused people are charged with sex crimes. Unlike other offenses, crimes labeled as sexual offenses are not easy to conceal and can ruin the life of a wrongfully accused citizen. “There is too much at stake if you are accused of a sex crime,” said […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2011 – It is not hard to understand that if one drinks and drives, the chances of being in a fatal collision skyrocket. Unfortunately, people still drink and drive. “The nasty case I am going to use as an example of what may happen if you drink and drive did not happen in Texas. It happened in Connecticut and took the lives of four promising high school students. The fifth may or may not make it through his recovery,” said Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2010 – Colorado has taken a giant step forward in imposing jail sentences for repeat drunk drivers. “The law Colorado just brought into being mandates jail sentences for repeat drunk drivers – a minimum 10 day stint for a second offense and 60 days for third infractions and further offenses. The bill allows for work release programs but won’t permit in-home detention for a second offense within 5 years of the first,” explained Miller Leonard, a Denver federal criminal defense lawyer and Denver criminal defense attorney. The main reason Colorado took this step […]


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