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Violated probation? Here's what happens now

One of the things you don't want to do if you're on probation is to violate it. Violating probation gets you in deep trouble in some cases, possibly even resulting in you going to jail or prison.

Not all kinds of probation are violated in the same way. Overall, breaking the terms of your probation is enough to get you in trouble. If the terms, for instance, tell you to stay within the state and you decide to leave the state, you'll face repercussions if you're caught.

Paying a hefty price for a DUI conviction

You may already know the personal cost of a DUI, even if your arrest happened only hours or days ago. You may feel confused and embarrassed, and it may be a long time before you forget the way you felt when you had to call your spouse to say you were under arrest or your boss to explain why you wouldn't be coming to work the next day.

The period of time during and immediately after your DUI arrest may be a blur. Officers likely explained to you the process, but you may have been too shocked to understand what was going on. You probably wondered how this could be happening and what would happen next. As devastating and humiliating as the event was, when all is said and done, you may not believe the total price you may pay for that one bad decision.

DUI courts help reduce addiction and the risk of reoffending

Sarasota County is one of only four in the state with its own specialized DUI court. The Sarasota County DUI Court opened in 2008. It is a specialized court that is aimed at changing the way DUI offenders act and react to alcohol. They realize that some people are addicted to alcohol and need treatment more than time in prison.

DUI courts use a graduated sanction and reward structure. With this structure, individuals become accountable for their actions but also have a chance to succeed at becoming addiction-free. Counseling is mandatory for those who participate, and they must also be supervised for a period of a year at minimum.

Marijuana in Florida: Harshly penalized crimes

Since marijuana is not legal in every state, there's a chance you could be caught with it and arrested or jailed. In Florida, that is certainly the case. You could face fines, damage to your reputation and other penalties.

Possessing marijuana in Florida is a misdemeanor if you're in possession of 20 grams or less. The misdemeanor may result in up to a year of incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000. If you're caught in possession of over 20 grams and up to 25 pounds of marijuana, you could face up to five years in prison with a $5,000 fine. This is a felony charge.

Parish man to spend up to 30 years in prison for tragic DUI crash

A man from Parrish will now spend up to 30 years in prison for the death of three teens and the injuries caused to another. According to the story from Nov. 17, the man is accused of driving while under the influence before striking the four individuals.

The 35-year-old man was sentenced for three counts for driving under the influence resulting in manslaughter. He received 30 years for the three counts. He was also found guilty of DUI with a serious bodily injury. He is able to serve the 5-year sentence concurrently. Additionally, he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison for property damage as a result of a DUI.

Violent crimes: A major reduction in Florida

Violent crimes include things such as aggravated assault, robbery and murder. These crimes are particularly heinous, which is why they're looked down on and penalized harshly. If you're accused of one of these crimes or others that fall under the classification, it's in your best interests to develop a defense as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The good news for people in Florida is that the number of violent crimes has reduced significantly over the last 20 years. According to statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, violent crimes have decreased 40 percent between 1996 and 2016.

Caught with drugs? You should understand the justice system

Understanding how court works is an important part of a strong defense. The criminal court system has been designed to be fair, to offer a quick trial and to be impartial. When you think of the criminal system, it's important to understand that you enter the system at the moment of your arrest. It's not just a trial that's important, it's everything that comes before it, too.

After you're booked into jail, you'll make an appearance in court. At that point, you will be released on bail or released on your own recognizance. In some cases, you'll be released due to a lack of evidence, and your case will come to an end.

Privacy violations leave your professional license in jeopardy?

As a nurse in Florida, you committed your career to helping people and bringing health and healing to others. When you are threatened with the loss of your professional license for any reason, it's more than just your job that's on the line—it's your entire career path and way of life.

There are multiple reasons why a nurse could lose his or her license, and privacy violations are one of them. Whether you are accused of improper procedures at work or are facing criminal charges that will certainly impact your job, you do not have to face it alone. You have the right to seek help regarding your professional license, the protection of your career and more.

Insys Therapeutics the center of conspiracy theory

Insys Therapeutics is facing trouble in court over allegations that it participated in a national conspiracy to bribe physicians and pharmacists to prescribe Sybsys, a mouth-spray version of fentanyl, to people who didn't need it. The opioid medication was launched in 2012, but it didn't do as well as expected. The drug, which is a potent painkiller, could be fueling part of the nation's drug epidemic.

The company allegedly became aggressive about its marketing tactics, bribing and offering kickbacks to those who would prescribe the drug. Those kickbacks and bribes supposedly included honoraria and speaker fees.

Can medical emergencies look like intoxication?

When you see someone walking down the street with a sway and dizzy look, you probably assume he or she is intoxicated. Likewise, if you notice a driver who isn't staying in the lines, it's probable that you assume he or she could have been drinking before getting in the car.

The truth is that all is not always as it seems. Some health conditions make it possible for a person to appear intoxicated when he or she is actually very ill. For instance, epileptics or diabetics may have this issue.

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