Charles L. Truncale
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August 2018 Archives

Florida mother and daughter facing drug charges

A 54-year-old Florida woman and her 21-year-old daughter were taken into custody Aug. 21 on narcotics charges after officers with the Port St. Lucie Police Department allegedly discovered significant quantities of illegal drugs in their Fairway Avenue residence. The search followed an undercover investigation that was triggered by several reports of suspicious activity in and around the house. The two women face a total of 15 felony drug possession and trafficking charges.

Ride-sharing services may be reducing Florida DUIs

Some Florida drivers may be more likely to use a ride-sharing service than drive drunk, and this could be responsible for fewer people in the Miami area being taken into custody for driving under the influence. Miami-Dade is the Southeast's largest police department, and the incidence of DUI there dropped 65 percent in 2017. From 2013 to 2015, over 1,500 people were taken into custody each year while in 2017, the number dropped to 594. In Miami, there was a decrease of 31 percent.

Three common myths about the appeals process

A criminal conviction can affect your life in many ways. You may be facing jail, fines and it can follow you when you are searching for employment or housing. A conviction can hurt your family and other relationships. A wrongful conviction also feels incredibly unfair and can lead to feelings of depression and anger.

Horizontal gaze nystagmus as a sign of impairment

When a Florida driver is stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, one of the field sobriety tests that is commonly conducted tests for horizontal gaze nystagmus, or involuntary jerking of the eyes. This jerking can become more exaggerated when alcohol is consumed. As such, it can often be used as evidence that the driver was impaired when he or she was stopped.

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