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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney Blog

Published by Fort Lauderdale, Florida Criminal Lawyer — The Law Offices of Richard Ansara, P.A.

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Copycat School Shooting Threats Can Lead to Serious Florida Criminal Charges

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:46:27 +0000

The day after a gunman fatally shot 17 people at a high school in South Florida, most of American teenagers returned to school. And when they did, a number of so-called “copycat” threats were made, posted on social media, scrawled on bathroom walls and called into school administration offices. Regardless of how serious these individuals […]

Challenging Drug Recognition Expert Testimony in Florida

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:00:06 +0000

It’s become increasingly common in Florida DUI cases for prosecutors to rely heavily on the investigation and testimony of drug recognition experts (DREs). These are police officers who are specially trained to recognize the signs of impairment in drivers who are under the influence of drugs.  Last year, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that […]

Florida Drug Crime Reform: Lawmakers Seek Greater Judicial Discretion

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:48:45 +0000

Florida state lawmakers are mulling drug crime reform, specifically a series of bill that include provisions allowing judges more discretion for sentences that currently require minimum mandatory sentencing and increases of substance abuse treatment funds. The chances signal a turn away from the hard-line stance so many lawmakers took in the 1980s and 1990s when […]

Florida Supreme Court Rejects DUI Blood Sample Challenge

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:18:26 +0000

In a per curium ruling, the Florida Supreme Court upheld an appellate court decision rejecting defense challenges to blood sample collection of suspects in felony DUI cases. It was a case watched closely by many Florida DUI defense lawyers because had the court ruled in defendant’s favor, it could have meant the potential for numerous […]

Nine Arrested on Florida Hazing Charges After Fraternity Death

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:52:26 +0000

Hazing, which years ago may have been considered little more than a normal rite of passage in some school-age circles, is now considered a felony offense in Florida.  F.S. 1006.63 states that hazing can be any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for […]

You Can Fight a Florida Traffic Ticket With an App; Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Lawyer Substitute

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:38:05 +0000

A South-Florida-based tech company founded by a non-attorney promises to allow drivers to effectively fight their traffic tickets from their smartphones. Playing what is essentially a game of averages, the startup app launched a service that offers drivers resolution to their traffic ticket for a fee that is 15 to 20 percent less than the […]

Florida Grand Jury Procedure Explained

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:29:06 +0000

The grand jury system is one that is often confusing for Florida criminal defendants. It is not as public as a trial, and the defense doesn’t have the same opportunity to present its case as it would in an actual trial. As noted by The Florida Bar, the grand jury system was formed as a […]

Appellate Court: Forced Drug Tests in Fatal DUI Arrest Were Unconstitutional

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:36:34 +0000

Felony convictions against a man accused of killing two while driving drunk were reversed recently by an appellate court in Illinois, which ruled the DUI testing after his arrest was unconstitutional.  Although this issue takes place outside of Florida, it’s one motorists in the Sunshine State have had to grapple with as well. It was […]

Is Your Car a Deadly Weapon? Florida Supreme Court to Decide.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:57:47 +0000

Is it possible for your vehicle to be a deadly weapon? Although it might seem a straightforward question, given the fact that a vehicle could in fact be deadly if it’s used to run another person over, the answer isn’t clear when it comes to Florida law. The state appellate courts have reached different conclusions […]

Florida DUI Manslaughter Convict Faces Failure to Appear Charges After 14 Years on the Run

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:23:43 +0000

Facing down a criminal conviction can be incredibly unnerving, but fleeing can leave you in even bigger trouble than before you started. That’s because failure to appear is a charge in and of itself that can have serious consequences, even if you are ultimately found not guilty of the original crimes. This was seen recently […]