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Racketeering conspiracy one of many charges against gang members

Florida residents who find themselves accused of serious drug crimes can sometimes find it hard to believe they may have a real chance to defend themselves against these types of allegations. This can be especially so if stories about the cases hit the media. These types of reports generally omit many details and those details that are included may well paint a picture that makes it easy for the public to assume people are guilty. When this happens, people need to try and focus on the facts of their case and not the rumor mill that can be created by the media.

Such may well be the case for a group of people who together have been arrested and charged with racketeering conspiracy and 10 other charges. Authorities are indicating that the 11 people who are in custody and the three others who are involved but still at large have been part of a drug gang that is said to have been in existence in the greater Miami-Dade area for 17 years.

Driving distractions place Florida travelers at risk

If someone asks every motorist in Florida whether he or she has ever been distracted behind the wheel, those answering honestly would likely say, "Yes." In fact, you may find your own mind wandering from time to time as you navigate roadways and travel from one destination to another. If you happen to glance at a billboard on the side of the road, or look at the clock on your vehicle dashboard, you certainly won't be the first driver ever to do so.

Studies show motor vehicle collisions can occur in an instant. Distracted driving is often the root cause of such incidents, and many drivers later say they only took their eyes off the road for a split second. You can also get into trouble with the law because of distracted driving. If a police officer sees a car weaving left to right in a lane of traffic, or thinks a motorist is applying brakes at inappropriate times, he or she may pull the vehicle over.

The walk-and-turn field sobriety test

Has your spouse, friend or neighbor been arrested for and charged with drunken driving in Florida? Or, have you yourself been charged with an impaired driving offense? In either case, you will likely be wanting to learn about how to defend against these charges either for yourself or in support of someone else. One element to a drunk driving defense may involve inaccurate test results during the arrest process. This may include the field sobriety tests that are used.

One of these field tests is called the walk-and-turn test. As explained by, this test is only said to be accurate in 66 percent of cases. As the name implies, the walk-and-turn test requires that you walk to a point, turn around and then walk back. While walking, the heels of your front foot must abut the toes of your back foot. Your ams must remain firmly affixed at your sides. You must also count while walking.

Man accused of PCP crimes near school, library

New Jersey residents who have been arrested for multiple crimes can sometimes start to lose hope that they may be able to defend themselves against any charge levied against them. In some cases, this may even contribute to a negative spiral for some defendants. At this time, remembering that every person is legally considered innocent until proven guilty and that every defendant is owed a defense is highly important.

One man who is from Jersey City may well today be needing to remind himself of these facts after he was recently arrested and charged with multiple drug crimes involving the drug phencyclidine. The defendant is accused of not simply possessing PCP but also of possessing PCP with the intent to distribute the drug within 500 feet of a public library and within 1,000 feet of a school.

What are drug schedules?

Have you been arrested and charged with a drug crime in New Jersey? Do you know someone else who has been arrested for a similar offense and yet the specific charges and potential penalties you may face vary quite a bit from the other person's? If so, this may be related to which substance is involved in each of the two cases.

As the Florida Statutes explains, the law outlines different groupings for controlled substances. These groupings are referrred to as drug schedules. There are a total of five different schedules. Each drug is categorized based upon the combination of many factors. These include the potential for a person to abuse or become addicted to a drug and what, if any, physical or psychological harm or dependence may result from using the drug. Schedules also consider whether or not there is any recognized medical use of a substance and if the drug can be used safety in a medical setting.

Jury awards damages for 2010 drunk driving accident

When Florida residents find themselves or someone they love seriously injured in accidents caused by the negligent actions of others, it is only logical that they look for ways to be compensated appropriately. However, there can be situations when receiving this compensation takes some persistence and a case in Daytona Beach provides such an example. It also illustrates the importance of remaining persistence in these times.

Roughly six-and-a-half years ago in October of 2010, a woman was driving along a street in Daytona Beach. All of a sudden, she was struck by a driver speeding around a corner and her life has not been the same since. The woman is now 42 years old and since that wreck she has spent countless hours in doctor's offices and hospitals for treatments and surgery. Even worse, the driver who was said to have had a blood alcohol content of over 0.15 percent was never officially charged with drunk driving.

Injured in a pedestrian accident? Don't let relief walk on by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association keeps all the yearly auto-related crash statistics. According to this organization, in the United States, over the course of a year, tens of thousands of pedestrians suffer injuries in auto-pedestrian collisions. If you are one of the many people in Florida or elsewhere affected by injuries from a pedestrian accident, do not let relief walk on by, as it is something to which you may have a right.

The simple truth is that the injuries typically suffered by the victim of an auto-pedestrian collision can be devastating in a number of ways. Not only will they cause physical damage, but one may not be able to solely bear the emotional and financial consequences that follow.

Understanding Florida's drug court

In 1989, the state of Florida established the first-ever drug court in the U.S. According to the Florida Courts, there are now 98 such programs across the state, 47 of which are targeted at adults charged with felony drug offenses. Other drug courts are for people accused of misdemeanors, for juveniles or for people facing impaired driving charges.

Drug courts give people accused of certain crimes an alternative to jail and standard criminal consequences. Instead of taking a purely punitive approach, they adopt a nonadversarial stance and seek to provide help for people with substance abuse or addiction problems. As such, the process for people who enter a drug court generally involves treatment for drug or alchol abuse along with education to help people in their recovery.

Medical emergency results in DUI arrest

Many things might lead someone in Florida to be arrested and charged with drunk driving or drugged driving. No two situations are generally the same and some may not even be initiated by an actual traffic stop. An example of this can be seen in a recent case involving a man from Cape Coral.

A call for medical assistance was made by some bystanders after they allegedly saw a man passed out in his vehicle. Reports suggest the people tried to help him and saw his lips appear blue and eyes rolling back in his eye sockets. Eventually medical responders arrived and took the man to a local hospital for care. In the meantime, officers searched the man's vehicle while it was empty after supposedly seeing drug paraphenalia. The search is said to have uncovered prescription medication, another unidentified drug substance, a pipe and a syringe.

Self-driving cars still require human intervention

Whether or not the average Florida resident is ready to share the road with self-driving cars, the reality is that automakers and technology companies are working hard to get these vehicles on the road. In fact, one recent report indicated that the state of California has indicated it will allow self-driving cars without any humans inside on its roads by the end of this year. Currently the autonomous vehicles on roads in California or elsewhere are all accompanied by human drivers able to take over when and where needed.

There is some concern about data showing the lack of readiness for fully autonomous cars to be let loose on the road. In January of this year, Uber's test vehicles required the human drivers to intervene once every 50 miles in order to avoid a collision that would have resulted in either financial damage of at least $5,000 or injury to another person. Clearly data from test rides is being utilized as that number improved by March to once every 196 miles.

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