Jonathan Burton Blecher’s Answers

Jonathan Burton Blecher

Miami DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Is there more leinency from the court if I plead guilty in first time dui

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Robert Jason De Groot
    2. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    3. Jeffrey Newton Reynolds
    4. Bryan Eric Neal
    5. Christopher Irvin Simser
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    You may be jumping the gun. The decision to plead guilty is a very important one, so I strongly suggest that you consult an experienced DUI attorney in your area to discuss the various options available. That said, if you are set on pleading guilty (or no contest) the judge must sentence you to mandatory penalties listed in Florida Statutes 316.193. There is no mandatory jail in your scenario, nor is there any ignition interlock device provision in your case. So, unless there is something...

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  2. I know someone who got a DUI misdemeanor charge can they use there prior score points?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Amir A. Ladan
    2. Alberto Marino Quirantes Jr.
    3. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    4. Mark H Randall
    5. Shon Joseph Douctre
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    Mr. Ladan is correct. There are no point calculations for sentencing in misdemeanor cases, such as DUI. However, prosecutors will look at prior criminal history when they make plea offers. In the realm of DUI, however, my 31 years of experience with DUI cases reveals that more weight is placed on prior traffic history (prior DUIs, reckless driving, suspended license, fleeing police, leaving the scene of an accident, prior accidents) than felony priors. Good Luck.

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  3. Can I get out of a subpoena?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    2. Timothy England Moffitt
    3. Arthur Spiegel
    4. Christopher Robert Dillingham II
    5. Robert Jason De Groot
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    The answer may depend on the type of case, the importance of your testimony, if you have previously been deposed (had your deposition taken) and which side is requiring you to appear. Contact the attorney who is requesting your appearance and see if you can be excused. If you have been personally served, you must appear or possibly be held in contempt of court. You may want to retain a local attorney to intercede on your behalf. Good Luck.

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  4. DUI - is it critical to hire an atty to plea down my chg to Reckless Driving? I don't believe it. Sounds like he wants my $$$.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Amir A. Ladan
    2. Michael Charles McGinn
    3. Nick Jay Dorsten
    4. Majid Vasigh
    5. Maria E Castagliuolo
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    Many people have a predisposition against trusting lawyers, often without basis in real experience or fact. The hiring of an attorney (and thus the choice of an attorney) has to be based on mutual trust. I trust my client to be honest with me, stay in contact with me, follow my counsel and pay his fees, and in turn, I want my client to trust that I will do everything I can to help him win his case or minimize his downside consequences. Some clients are problems from the start....

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  5. My daughters boy friend was driving my car drunk and crashed through the gates of my complex causing $12,000 damage.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Brett Nicholls Metcalf
    2. Robert Jason De Groot
    3. Jeffrey Newton Reynolds
    4. Lloyd Harris Golburgh
    5. Jonathan Burton Blecher
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    Your insurance company will pay for the damages up to the policy limits. Anything over that, you will be on the hook for personally.

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  6. Car accident a month or so ago with possible DUI charges....

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Michael Adam Haber
    2. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    3. Nick Jay Dorsten
    4. Achmed Mirari Defreitas
    5. Bhavik G Patel
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    I agree with Mr. Haber's assessment. It's not uncommon for blood work to take weeks, often months to process. Once the police are notified of the results, they will present their case to to the PB State Attorney's Office for a filing decision. If they file a misdemeanor DUI charge, you will be sent a Notice to Appear by mail, or be served with a summons to appear in court for an "arraignment". If it's a felony DUI (serious bodily injury), they will issue a warrant for your arrest. A...

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  7. If i receive a DUI ticket and the officer doesn't check the box or put a BAL will it get dismissed?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Christopher Robert Dillingham II
    2. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    3. Michael Adam Haber
    4. Alberto Marino Quirantes Jr.
    5. Tiffany Vanessa Colbert
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    Broward County prosecutors are notoriously unforgiving, and are not likely to simply reduce your charges because of the under/over breath results. You may very well have to litigate the issues in your case, and it's not likely that a PD is in your future. There are many good lawyers in the Ft. Lauderdale area, or some in Miami-Dade who take cases there. AVVO Lawyer Finder will help you search for one, but as Mr. Quirantes correctly points out, you must deal with your driver license issues...

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  8. I was charged for , Fail to give breath analysis, I tried 4 times, 3 readings were "alcohol in mouth" Blew as hard as I could?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Robert Jason De Groot
    2. William David Umansky
    3. Jeffrey Newton Reynolds
    4. Brian Robert Dettman
    5. Jonathan Burton Blecher
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    Mouth alcohol detection requires a reset of the testing process and new observation period. You have a defense to the refusal suspension at a minimum. Consult an attorney in your area who has a substantial DUI practice. Good Luck.

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  9. I was arrested for DUI and had arraignment, pre-trial is set...what to expect?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    2. Michael Adam Haber
    3. Cynthia Marie Veintemillas
    4. Amir A. Ladan
    5. Christopher Robert Dillingham II
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    Generally, the Public Defender is not appointed unless two things are in place: 1) The State is seeking jail and 2) You qualify financially for the services of the PD. You haven't told me anything about your case that makes me think its a "jail' case, unless the State Attorney's Office in Taylor County, Fl (3rd Judicial Circuit) has a policy of seeking jail in DUI cases with a breath test result over .15. Public Defenders are lawyers, too. Though they may be younger, newer lawyers, they...

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  10. Hit by another driver, but not arrested for DUI -- will I be charged?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Gilberto Benito Vega
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. Wade Jonathan Skalsky
    4. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    5. Michael Dean Scheid
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    Normally, I try to offer specific suggestions to each questioner, but your situation is complicated. The best advice I can offer is to contact an experienced lawyer and don't post any further information about your case. Your matters need to stay under the radar until your lawyer can sort out your issues and give you proper guidance. Good Luck

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