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Man found in vehicle charged with drug crimes

Many drug offenses are charged at a lower level of severity, with people who are apparently addicted to illegal substances. These individuals should remember that there are alternatives to criminal charges that could be beneficial to avoid jail time and also to get them help.

According to a recent report, a man was arrested on drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man, 30, resides in the area with his grandmother. First responders were called to the parking lot of a store at shortly before 6 p.m. with reports of a man having a seizure. When they arrived, the man was in a Ford Edge. They discovered blood coming from his arm. The man's arm also allegedly had track marks and he was sweating and appeared nervous. There was reportedly a syringe visible, along with 11 other syringes in the vehicle's center console. Cocaine was also allegedly found. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment, and then arrested. He reportedly had a prior arrest several months ago after he was found asleep in a management truck for the property where his grandmother lives.

Binge drinking is a serious matter for an underage driver

A young person is out at the beach on a Saturday evening, enjoying a party at which he and his friends engaged in binge drinking. On his way home to Bradenton, a law enforcement officer stops him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He does not realize the serious implications until he sobers up hours later.

Do DUI and traffic offenses make you a habitual traffic offender?

For drivers in Florida who are labeled as "habitual traffic offenders," it can be an intimidating description that will have a significant impact on a litany of issues. They can face a driver's license suspension or revocation; they will have higher insurance costs; and they could even be confronted with fines, jail time and other penalties. The first step toward avoiding being classified as a habitual traffic offender is to know exactly when a driver can be designated as such.

According to state law, a habitual traffic offender is someone who has a record with the authorities indicating that they have a certain number of convictions for various traffic offenses within a period of five years. Having three or more convictions for the following charges in separate incidents will result in this designation: voluntary or involuntary manslaughter when operating a motor vehicle; a DUI conviction; a felony that was committed with the use of a motor vehicle; driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license; not stopping to render aid after a motor vehicle crash that led to the personal injury or death of another person; and driving a commercial vehicle while a license to do so has been disqualified.

What does Florida criminal law say about sexual cyber harassment?

Use of computers is a part of daily life in Florida and throughout the world. That has opened a great number of doors, connected people and created much value. However, there are negatives to this accessibility and people are often facing charges related to internet behaviors that alleges the law has been violated. One issue that is growing in prominence is sexual cyber harassment. Understanding how to craft a criminal defense against these charges is crucial, as a conviction can lead to various penalties and negatively impact a person's life.

When there is an image that is sexually explicit and the person agreed for it to be taken, he or she has the right to reasonably expect that it will stay private. When an image of this kind is published to internet websites without consent and it is done without legitimate reason and to cause distress to the person, it violates the law. Since these images might be published to a public website, they can be viewed by anyone around the world, reproduced and subject to sharing. It makes a permanent record of the person either taking part in sexual behaviors or unclothed. It can cause psychological harm to the person. The law finds it compelling that the person whose image was taken have his or her psychological health protected.

Man faces domestic battery charges after dispute with mother

In Bradenton and throughout Florida, disagreements in the home can quickly escalate into a confrontation between family members, friends and acquaintances that leads to allegations of domestic assault and battery charges. Some of the most difficult cases involve people who are accused of getting into a physical altercation with a parent. Not only can this lead to criminal charges with the potential penalties if there is a conviction, it is also leads to a negative perception in the community.

According to a recent report, a 22-year-old man was arrested after a dispute with his mother. What makes this case unusual is that he is accused of using sausages as a weapon. According to the law enforcement investigation, the man was in a residence that he shares with his mother. At around 8 p.m., law enforcement was called after he had asked his mother to cook something for him. When she did not immediately do so, he allegedly threw sausages at her. Then he grabbed her neck and shoved her.

Suspect faces multiple DUI offenses after crash

Law enforcement in Bradenton and across Florida will use every tactic at their disposal to catch drivers who are on the road while suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In some cases, they witness the incident as it occurs and can begin their investigation immediately. When there is an arrest for drunk driving charges and other allegations, it does not mean that the driver is automatically guilty. For drivers who are dealing with multiple offenses related to DUI and a crash, some of the allegations can reach the felony level.

According to a recent report, a driver has been accused of multiple offenses, including hit-and-run and DUI, with his arrest assisted by a law enforcement K-9. The incident occurred at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The driver, a 30-year-old man, was driving his vehicle over two lanes and reportedly crashed into another vehicle. He is said to have fled the scene. A law enforcement officer witnessed the accident and pursued the car. The vehicle turned into a dead-end street. After approaching the vehicle, law enforcement found that it was empty.

When speeding is more than driving over the speed limit

Driving faster than the posted speed limit can be easy to do accidentally, even for a driver who is paying attention. Often, the result is a traffic citation and points on the driver's record.

However, there are times when authorities may consider a driver's speed as more than a simple traffic offense.

What can you do about allegations of age-related sex offenses?

Most everyone in Florida will understand the criminal offense of statutory rape. Not only does a conviction on these charges carry with it various penalties that can negatively impact a person's life in the long and short terms, but it has a social stigma when seeking employment and other aspects of daily life. Other allegations might not be as well-known, but are still linked to having had sexual activity with underage people. Understanding the law for unlawful sexual activity with minors is important when facing these charges and planning a defense.

If a person who is 24-years-old or older has sexual activity with someone who is 16-years-old or 17-years-old, it is second-degree felony with the penalties for a conviction being up to 15 years in prison, and a fine of $10,000. The person, upon conviction, will also need to register as a sex offender.

Woman arrested on drunk driving charges with child in car

Some cases involving allegations of drunk driving will begin with a driver allegedly making what law enforcement believes to be telltale moves behind the wheel, such as swerving in and out of traffic, driving on the wrong side of the road or going at an unusually slow pace. In other cases, there is a crash. In still others, the driver will run the vehicle into a ditch or, more dangerously, into a body of water. When this happens and law enforcement investigates, the person might face drunk driving charges. This is made worse when there is a child in the vehicle.

What is domestic battery by strangulation in Florida?

Domestic incidents that involve violence happen quite frequently in Florida. These incidents can have many participants and occur in a variety of circumstances. It is unfortunate when people who are in a relationship or who live with another person get involved in a dispute that turns physical. This can lead to an arrest for domestic assault, battery charges and more. It might even result in a conviction and long-term consequences. Should the incident involve accusations of domestic battery by strangulation, it is important for the accused person to understand this law and what the charges will entail.

If one person strangles another and does so with knowledge and the intent of causing an impediment to normal breathing or circulation, and it is done against the other person's will while they are in a dating relationship, or if it is a family or household member, it is domestic battery by strangulation. The strangulation is done by blocking off the nose and mouth or pressuring the throat or neck.


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