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Boating Under the Influence (“BUI”)

BUI is also similar to DUI in that it is an “enhanced” offense. This means although a first offense is a second-degree misdemeanor, with each subsequent arrest the penalties become more severe.

Repeat Offenses

In Florida, the State enhance penalties and charging levels (misdemeanor vs. felony) for repeat offenses.

DNA Cases

Because of scientific advances, and due to public perception (based largely on television), society expects DNA to be a part of just about every criminal case.

Sex Crimes

Sex-related offenses in Florida are classified as felonies. In addition to the harsh penalties associated with felony convictions, sex offenses result in the most restrictive and devastating sanctions.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes in Florida typically include assault, battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and homicide (as well as other variations of those offenses).

Transportation of Drugs

With prescription drug prices through the roof and the legalization of cannabis in some states, the business of transporting drugs has never been more profitable.


Do not make any statements because anything you say can and will be used against you. Even “I didn’t know it was there” can be twisted by police and may contradict a legal defense your attorney later asserts on your behalf.