Tampa Criminal Law Experts Is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Tampa Criminal Lawyer Blog Series Part 2 Previously, we asked, “is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Specifically, we discussed the Florida Supreme Court Ruling of State v. Betz, a…

When someone is arrested by the police, a specific series of events follows. The police must follow legal procedures during the actual arrest process, and at many other stages along the way to actually placing a suspect in jail. An arrest occurs when police take you into custody and is complete the moment you, as…

When you’re stopped by the police, you run the risk of being arrested or hurt, or both. Most officers will not act improperly, but whether they act properly or not you still need to protect your rights and keep yourself safe. If you’re stopped or arrested, try to avoid conflict to keep the police calm….

Getting pulled over can make even the most law-abiding citizen’s heart race. You should understand what you can and can’t do. Most people know they don’t have to take a breathalyzer. But in 26 states, you don’t have to show an officer your ID during detention either. And refusing a search doesn’t serve as an…

DUI Defense Lawyer: Take A Breathalyzer Even If You’ve Been Drinking So you decide to drive home after a few drinks. All of a sudden, panic strikes when blue and red lights appear in your rearview mirror. Getting pulled over is a scary ordeal — even if you haven’t had a sip of alcohol. And if…

Anyone can be arrested, and it could happen to you even if your only prior brush with the law is a traffic ticket. If you find yourself under arrest in the back of a squad car on the way to the police station, do you know what to do? Do you know what to expect?…

The single most important thing to remember if you are arrested is that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney, but these rights protect you onlyif you use them! If you are arrested, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to keep quiet until you are represented…

After a defendant is convicted or pleads guilty, a judge will decide on the appropriate punishment (or sentence) during the sentencing phase of a criminal case. Sentencing for criminal offenses can range from probation and community service to prison and even the death penalty. The following resources cover the various factors that influence sentencing, “three…

I have been practicing criminal law for 24 years and have seen a wide variety of reactions by people who are being arrested. Some of these reactions are unwise but understandable. Others are self defeating to the point of being bizarre. No one plans to be arrested, but it might help to think just once…