It appears unmarried men and women may now legally cohabit in Florida

It appears unmarried men and women may now legally cohabit in Florida A law that has been on the books since 1868 may be repealed by Governor Rick Scott. The old law (Florida Statute 798.02) which made it illegal for unmarried men and women to cohabitate read as follows: “If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – When can you be arrested for DUI in Florida?

NAPLES DUI LAW – When can you be arrested for DUI in Florida? In order to arrest for DUI in Florida, an officer must have probable cause that a crime was committed.  The Florida courts have held that “Probable cause for a DUI arrest must be based upon more than a belief that a driver has consumed alcohol; it must arise from facts and circumstances that show a probability that…

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NAPLES CRIMINAL DEFENSE – Resisting Arrest

NAPLES CRIMINAL DEFENSE – Resisting Arrest It is natural to feel frustrated or even angry when you or a loved one is being arrested or detained by law enforcement.  Obviously, no one likes to be arrested.  Some people will try to argue with or walk away or even pull away from law enforcement in order to avoid arrest.  Still others may simply “tense up” at the moment of arrest.  Unfortunately,…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – DUI Arrests Resulting From Concerned Drivers Calling 9-1-1

NAPLES DUI LAW- DUI Arrests Resulting From Concerned Drivers Calling 9-1-1 Can an officer pull a vehicle over for DUI based upon a call from another concerned driver? It depends.  A law enforcement officer must have a valid reason to pull someone over when investigating a possible DUI (for general information on this topic, please refer to Validity of Traffic Stops).  This article deals specifically with DUI arrests that are…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – Collier County DUI for Out-of-State Visitors

NAPLES DUI LAW- Collier County DUI for Out-of-State Visitors Perhaps due to the seemingly never-ending strips of beaches and countless amusement parks, the State of Florida is one of the leading states when it comes to tourism.  It is also a seasonal home for a large number of “snowbirds.”  Unfortunately, every year many of these out-of-state visitors are snagged with DUI charges.  It is only then, that many find out…

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Naples Personal Injury Attorney Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Naples Personal Injury Attorney Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum LIFE MEMBER Million Dollar Advocates Forum Naples Personal Injury Attorney Derek Verderamo was recently named a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  According to The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the organization is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States with membership limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – Recent Changes to the DUI Administrative Penalties

NAPLES DUI LAW – Recent Changes to the DUI Administrative Penalties. Most drivers are surprised to discover that their DUI arrest in Florida actually initiates two separate cases: 1) a criminal case that is prosecuted by the State of Florida; and 2) an administrative case initiated by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).  The administrative case is completely independent of the criminal DUI case.  Typically, the driver’s…

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Collier County Criminal Lawyers Elect a New President

Collier County Criminal Lawyers Elect a New President After serving a term as Vice President of the Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Derek Verderamo was just elected President of the organization. The Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers strives to bring together, by association, lawyers actively engaged in the practice of criminal defense in Collier County. The organization meets monthly in an effort to keep its members…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – Admissibility of Refusals to Perform Field Sobriety Exercises

Naples DUI Law:  Admissibility of refusals to perform field sobriety exercises. A common goal of criminal defense attorneys is to prevent the prosecution from admitting incriminating evidence during trial.  In DUI cases, this usually involves attempting to suppress evidence obtained in violation of a defendant’s Constitutional Rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.  For example, in order for law enforcement to lawfully stop a vehicle in Florida, the officer must have…

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NAPLES DUI LAW – Validity of Traffic Stops

Naples DUI Law:  What happens if the officer does not have a valid reason to stop my car? If law enforcement stops a vehicle without a lawful reason, a qualified Naples DUI attorney may file what’s known as a “Motion to Suppress.”  In order for law enforcement to lawfully stop a vehicle, the officer must have probable cause that a traffic offense was committed or reasonable suspicion that either a…

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