We used a term in a recent blog post that we should take a moment to clarify. The term was "withhold of adjudication." Just what is meant by a withhold of adjudication in Florida criminal law?
As we've discussed before here on our blog, Sarasota County residents arrested and charged with a crime will be dealing with the consequences for what may prove to be a long time. This is true even if the charges are eventually dismissed. An arrest stays on your record and will show up whenever a prospective employer, school, government agency, lender or other similar institution runs a background check on you.
Much like other states, Florida takes a strong stance against drug crimes. Because certain drugs have became an epidemic in the nation, the penalties associated with these drug crimes can be rather harsh. Thus, those accused of committing such crimes will want to explore ways in which they can avoid these consequences and clear their name. Initiating a strong criminal defense is the first step in this process.
The New Year is here, and as did folks across the country, Sarasota County residents celebrated on New Year's Eve. As we discussed around Halloween of last year, police tend to gang up on holidays in an effort to issue an increased number of citations for DUI and traffic offenses. The arrest statistics may make good press for them in the post-holiday news cycle, but for defendants charged with driving while intoxicated, the consequences can last a lifetime.
You may not know much about the ignition interlock device, but the court could order you to have one installed on your car if you receive a conviction for driving under the influence.
The last post here on our Sarasota County criminal law blog raised an issue that we ought to pause to address in some greater depth. The issue is the mental health of a defendant in a criminal case.