Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Are No-Knock Search Warrants Legal?
When the police have information about a crime, they can seek to obtain a search warrant to enter a person’s home or place of business to obtain evidence in the case. A judge must approve a search warrant in most instances, so law enforcement may not simply enter someone’s home without approval. In some cases, the police may be allowed to enter the premises without having to announce their presence or knock at the door. What is a “No-Knock” Search Warrant? A typical search warrant allows law enforcement officers to search someone’s premises using what is called the knock and announce rule. A “no-knock” search warrant authorizes police to enter the premises without knocking or announcing their presence. The police may use a no-knock search warrant in instances in which the announcement could lead to the destruction of evidence or where the safety of the police is in.
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What You Need to Know About Plea Deals
If you have been charged with a crime, you are likely under a lot of stress and unsure of the future. If this is your first time getting arrested, you might be extremely worried and unsure about what to expect of the criminal justice process. You have probably heard about plea deals and wonder whether you can ask for one, or how the process works. It is advisable to seek legal guidance from a reputable Brevard County attorney to assist you with your case. What is a Plea Deal? A plea deal is an agreement to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of the crime with which you were originally charged. A plea deal is an offer that the state’s attorney makes and is not something you can initiate. However, in some cases, an experienced criminal attorney will discuss the case with the state’s attorney and this.
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Do I Have to Comply With Field Sobriety Tests?
Getting pulled over by the police is something that can make anyone nervous and scared. When the officer thinks you could be intoxicated, the entire traffic stop goes to a new level. The officer will likely ask you to step out of your vehicle and will begin to assess you for signs of impairment. The first step in the assessment is to have the driver perform field sobriety tests. These tests are designed to provide the officer with a determination as to whether to proceed with further DUI testing. What are Field Sobriety Tests? Field sobriety tests, FSTs, are utilized by police officers as a tool to help them determine whether a driver might be driving under the influence, or DUI. Officers receive training to administer the tests. The tests are only utilized for suspected drunk driving, not for suspected drug impairment. FSTs are guidelines that police use to decide whether they have.
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