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The Consequences of Receiving a DUI Charge

As a Florida driver, you know that driving under the influence is a serious problem and comes with heavy consequences. In a state where the rate of driving under the influence is higher than the national average, it is important to stay educated on legal issues.

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Why Is the Rastafarian Defense Not Effective?

The Rastafarian religion is a recognized religious organization. Generally, religious exemptions and defenses stand up in court because of the constitutional right to freedom of religion. The government cannot impose on this right, and Florida courts typically follow this precedent.

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Oral Surgery Could Lead to Adolescent Drug Use

Dental pain can be excruciating, and many dentists prescribe pain killers understanding that their patients legitimately need the relief, particularly after oral surgery such as having wisdom teeth removed. However, in some cases, taking these medications as prescribed can lead to addiction for some people.

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The Process of Applying for A Hardship License After A DUI

After losing a driver’s license because of a DUI conviction in Florida, you may be able to get a hardship license that allows you to drive for work purposes. At Hoskins & Penton, P.A., we often help clients to resolve the issues that led to the suspension or revocation and take steps to have it reinstated.

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Can You Drink Alcohol on Florida Beaches?

It is no secret that Florida has some of the world’s best beaches. Whether you are a state resident or simply here to spend time enjoying the thousands of miles of gorgeous coastline, you may wonder whether it is legal to have a beer, glass of wine or cocktail while relaxing in your beach chair.

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Defenses Against Breathalyzer Evidence You Should Know

Some people in law enforcement might tell you that a high BAC level on a breathalyzer is definitive proof that a driver has consumed a few too many drinks before getting behind the wheel. That is far from the truth.

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Is Probation a Broadly Fair and Rational Process?

We don’t mince words on our website at the established Clearwater criminal defense law firm of Hoskins & Penton when we address the reality of probation for legions of affected individuals. We directly note this: “It’s like being sentenced without a trial.”

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Reckless Driving on Social Media and Florida Highways

A 70-year-old Lakeland, Florida, man was recently arrested for reckless driving. He was barreling along I-4 while standing on the driver’s seat, much of his body protruding up through the moonroof of his Cadillac.

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Is My Florida Criminal Record Going to Be a Lifelong Impediment?

There is virtually no doubt among legal authorities in any American state, including Florida, that a criminal record relating to what is considered a major crime (a rape, robbery or drug trafficking offense, for example) should permanently attach to a defendant.

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How to Handle Being Pulled Over After a Couple of Drinks

If you’ve ever been pulled over and questioned by a police officer, you’ve probably wondered about the best way to handle the situation. For instance, do you have to discuss where you are going, or where you are coming from? Are you forced to comply with field sobriety tests?

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