Many states allow you to expunge, seal or otherwise “hide” or “destroy” your criminal record. Generally, if a criminal record is expunged or sealed, it’s as though the crime never occurred and you can legally say (to a potential employer, for example) that you were never charged or convicted of a crime.
It’s not the nightcap you ordered: You’ve had a couple drinks and, while driving home, you see the lights flash in the rear view and the next thing you know, you’re struggling to recite the alphabet backwards. This already-bad scenario gets a whole lot worse if you are charged with a DUI. Are there any […]
What is Resisting Arrest? Resisting arrest occurs when a person interferes with a law enforcement officer’s attempt to perform a lawful arrest. Some states call the crime “obstruction.” The crime can be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the severity of the actions of the person being arrested.
Tampa drug offense defense attorneys 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 criminal law search and seizure case. So far, this case law seems to indicate that the police can indeed conduct […]Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tampa Criminal Law Experts, Tampa Search and Seizure Lawyers
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]