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September 2014 Archives

How long are felony convictions in Florida?

Under Florida law, people convicted of a capital felony may be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. In some cases, if a judge determines a life sentence is not appropriate because the capital offense was committed before the defendant turned 18, the term of imprisonment may be reduced to 40 years; it may be subject for review if it extends beyond 25 years. This provision is applicable to people convicted on the capital offense of killing, intending or attempting to kill someone.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Florida?

An individual faced with charges for drunk driving may wonder about the possible penalties, especially if this is not the first incident. It is important to recognize that penalties may be based on an individual's previous history with such incidents. It is also important to understand that the level of impairment may affect the penalties ascribed for a conviction on a DUI charge.

DUI charges dropped over inaccurate sample

On Sept. 5, prosecutors in Florida dropped DUI manslaughter charges against a 22-year-old man after his defense lawyer and experts challenged the validity of his blood toxicology results. The charges stemmed from an April 2013 fatal crash that killed five individuals. Sources say that the defendant was driving his Mercedes CLK on an exit ramp of Interstate 95 when he collided with a 1994 Lexus headed down Blue Heron Boulevard in Rivera Beach.

Florida man facing multiple felony charges detained by SWAT

On Aug. 28, a man was taken into custody for several outstanding felony warrants. Reports indicate that various law enforcement entities, including SWAT, were involved in the man's detention after a tip was provided to area police. The man is being held without bond on multiple felony charges.

DUI suspected in July crash that resulted in Florida man's death

The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a 60-year-old Gulf Breeze man died Aug. 17 as the result of a July car accident that might have been caused by impaired driving. According to officials, he was driving his vehicle in Gulf Breeze July 7 when a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old man crossed over several lanes of traffic, cleared a concrete barrier and struck the man's vehicle head-on.

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