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Russell Ferraro’s Legal Guides

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  • Forced Blood Draws in DUI Cases

    Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on forced blood draws in the context of DUI investigations. Prior to that ruling, some police jurisdictions were forcing people that were suspected of driving under the influence to give blood by literally jamming a needle ...

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  • Substantial Assistance - Working Off Charges as a Confidential Informant

    Substantial Assistance is a Legal Reason for a Downward Departure Floridas Criminal Punishment Code mandates certain minimum sentences in felony cases based on a mathematical equation that considers the seriousness of the crime (as determined by the legislature), criminal histor...

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  • Downward Departure From The Florida Criminal Punishment Code

    Since 2008, Florida Judges have used the Criminal Punishment Code to determine the appropriate sentence for felony offenses. The Florida Legislature has laid out a detailed blue print for minimum and maximum sentences that individual criminal defendants may receive based on the ...

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  • What To Look For When Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney

    What are you looking for in a Stuart Criminal Defense Attorney? Everybody has their own ideas and parameters as far as what they are looking for when shopping for a Defense Attorney in Stuart, Florida. But when your freedom and hard earned money are on the line, I would suggest t...

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  • A Criminal Case Timeline - Start to Finish

    Navigating the Criminal Justice System can be a daunting task for a person who has never been in trouble before.One of the most frustrating aspects is the lack of information or direction on what could happen next.This is a short guide on the life cycle of a criminal case. Every...

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  • Florida Criminal Punishment Code - What's Your Score?

    Just like your credit, your golf game and your fantasy football league, how you score in a Florida criminal case may affect the rest of your life! In its infinite wisdom, and in an effort to take discretion away from local judges, the Florida Legislature created a scoring system ...

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  • Should I Blow in the Breathalyzer??

    Thats the question I am constantly asked when people find out that Im a DUI lawyer. If I get pulled over, should I take the breath test? The short answer is that depends. The long answer is below (and its long!) I have a feeling you could ask a bunch of DUI lawyers this question...

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  • Sealing or Expunging Your Record - A Fresh Start

    I get calls all the time from people who applied for a job, only to miss out on it because of an old arrest that shows up on their record from high school, college, or some other time in the distant or not so distant past. They often want to know how long an arrest stays on your ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Upon An Arrest

    What are your rights after your arrest? You have a right to know the crime or crimes with which you have been charged. You have a right to know the identity of the police officers who are dealing with you. This is your right by Statute and by custom. You have the right to communi...

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