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Understanding the Differences Between a DUI and BUI in Florida

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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for “boating under the influence” (a.k.a. BUI), you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. BUI charges carry significant penalties that may derail your future and could even result in jail time. You may even be subjected to both state… Read More »

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How a DUI Can Turn into a Felony Charge

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

In the most typical case someone charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is charged with a misdemeanor in the state of Florida. This means that the toughest jail term you may face is up to 12 months in a county jail (along with a monetary fine of up to $1,000). However, there are… Read More »

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Understanding Breathalyzer Laws in Florida

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

You, or a loved one, was pulled over by police on suspected drunk driving. The officer asks you to get out of the vehicle and asks to administer a breath test. This is a common scenario many Florida drivers encounter. In fact, there were over thirty thousand DUI-related stops and arrests in the Sunshine… Read More »

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Three Important DUI Defenses You Need to Be Aware Of

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Getting pulled over by police and charged with a DUI can be a traumatic and stressful experience. Your driving privileges, auto insurance premiums, and even your freedom are at risk if you are convicted. This is why you need a strategy to mount a thorough and persuasive defense against some or all of the… Read More »

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Pulled Over by a Police Officer – What You Should Do

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Seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a police vehicle can be a traumatic and stressful event. Your heart may begin to pound and you become flustered. It is important, in this moment, to take a deep breath and stay calm. When You First See the Police Car Attempting to Pull You Over… Read More »

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DUI Repeat Offender – Why Legal Representation is So Important

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

If you were convicted of a DUI in the past and are now facing another DUI charge, you need to speak to an experienced Florida DUI defense attorney sooner rather than later. Do not display hubris by thinking you can arrange a plea agreement on your own. When you are categorized as a “repeat… Read More »

DUI Laws and Penalties for First-Time DUI Convictions in Florida

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

You are nearing the end of a long night. You have had a few drinks but believe they are probably “out of your system” so you decide to get into your car and drive home. You almost turn into your familiar driveway but you hear sirens behind you signaling for you to pull over…. Read More »

I Can Give My Teen A Beer In My Own Home – Right?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Teenagers drink.  Most of us know this, but some consider it inevitable and harmless.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers some sobering statistics on teens and alcohol: More teens drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana; Nearly 4 in 10 high school students report drinking at least one alcoholic beverage… Read More »

Florida’s DUI Laws

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involves an alcohol-impaired driver.  The CDC reports that in Florida, between 2003 and 2012, 8476 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.  Florida law treats driving under the influence (DUI) as a serious… Read More »

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