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Common Mistakes DUI Defendants Make After Being Arrested

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

After being arrested for DUI in Florida, defendants are prone to make several mistakes. Some mistakes involve failing to take action promptly, while others involve taking the wrong actions. Since some mistakes can make a conviction more likely, and others can make you lose your driver’s license, it is vital that after a DUI… Read More »


Some Basics on Bigamy

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

A married individual with a living legal spouse, who knowingly and intentionally marries another person, commits bigamy. While many individuals find such an act to be morally inexcusable, bigamy can result in a criminal conviction. Intentional bigamy is a criminal offense in all the states of the United States of America. People are rarely… Read More »


The Differences Between Reckless Driving and Careless Driving in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

People often use terms interchangeably without realizing that they are different. Careless driving and reckless driving are examples of two terms that many Florida residents use interchangeably, even though the two do not mean the same thing. Both describe driving in an unsafe manner, but there are several differences between these two citations. For… Read More »


Can Police Conduct Searches Without Search Warrants in Florida?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Through the Fourth Amendment, the constitution protects Americans from any searches and seizures deemed unreasonable under the law. When determining whether a search is reasonable, two factors are taken into consideration. These factors are; The intrusion of a person’s Fourth Amendment’s rights Genuine government interests. In Florida, police officers can only conduct searches without… Read More »


Grand Theft: Understand the Charges and Penalties

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

In Florida, the law distinctively distinguishes between grand theft and petty theft. The distinction mainly puts into consideration the value of the stolen property. However, stealing some sensitive property such as emergency medical equipment or law enforcement equipment is grand theft even when the property’s monetary value is not high. This article discusses some… Read More »


The Legal Consequences for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

It is unlawful for a driver to leave the scene of an accident without executing their legally mandated duties. Nonetheless, according to the FLHSMV, close to 25% of all Florida accidents involve hit and run even though. Law enforcers generally assume several things when a driver flees from the scene of an accident. Many… Read More »


Penalties for a DUI in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Under Florida law, “driving under the influence” of alcohol or other chemical or controlled substances is a criminal offense. It is evidenced by the individual’s impairment of normal faculties or by the presence of alcohol in breath or blood higher than legally permitted. DUIs receive fines of varying amounts. The court also may also… Read More »


Presenting Yourself in Court as a Defendant

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

First impressions matter. Presentation counts. Books are judged by their covers. As a criminal defendant in the court system, you will be judged as well by your presentation and how you appear. While this may not seem fair or equitable, it is the truth. Wrong impressions by defendants towards juries can change lives. If… Read More »


Do K-9 Alerts Give Free Reign?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Police are allowed to search your vehicle only in certain situations.  The law allows police to search an arrested person’s vehicle without a warrant “only if the arrestee is within reaching distance of the passenger compartment at the time of the search or it is reasonable to believe the vehicle contains evidence of the… Read More »


Serial Assaulter Arrested at Fort Lauderdale Beach

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The same day that Fort Lauderdale Beach reopened, police were flooded with calls reporting a man assaulting women on the beach in broad daylight. Drake Kelley of Oakland Park was eventually apprehended after physically assaulting at least four women who had been walking or exercising separately on or near the beach. One of the… Read More »

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