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How to Avoid DUI Charges Over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. Many people choose to celebrate the long weekend with a few drinks, but if your plans involve alcohol, bear in mind that police will be out in full force to identify and arrest drunk drivers.


What Are Admin Per Se Laws? Insights

In an effort to discourage drunk driving, many states have enacted some version of admin per se laws, which impose administrative penalties for driving under the influence in addition to the criminal penalties that a DUI conviction carries. These laws give states the power to suspend or revoke the licenses of individuals who have either failed a blood alcohol content test or refused to take one.


How Can I Fight Shoplifting Charges? 3 Strategies from a Criminal Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

Shoplifting convictions carry severe penalties in the state of Florida. Possible sentences include fines and jail time, but that is not all you have to worry about if you are facing charges. In addition to taking on the prosecutor in a criminal case, you may also face a civil case because the merchant has the right to sue you for damages.


What Are the Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida? Insights from a Criminal Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

If police catch you leaving the scene of an accident for any reason in the state of Florida, you could face criminal charges. The circumstances surrounding the collision and the amount of damage it caused will determine if you face misdemeanor or felony charges.


Man Gets 364-Day Jail Sentence for DUI Involving Scooter

News-Press reports on a recent DUI case in Florida involving a scooter and an offender with multiple convictions. According to authorities, the man crashed his scooter into a median before it landed on top of him.


Are Sobriety Checkpoints Legal in Florida?

In order to conduct a traffic stop and assess a motorist’s sobriety, police must have probable cause to pull over the driver in the first place—most of the time. If police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint, though, they can essentially pull over motorists at random in order to identify drunk drivers.


4 Possible Defenses against DUI Charges

If you get a DUI conviction in the state of Florida, the resulting penalties could have a resounding impact on all aspects of your life. Potential penalties include fines, community service, probation, imprisonment, vehicle impoundment, and license suspension.


4 Reasons to Hire an Established Criminal Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Pursuant to the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, if you are facing criminal charges, you have a right to legal counsel. In most cases, an attorney can be appointed for you if you cannot afford one. It is important to remember, though, that public attorneys are often overworked, and the lawyer appointed to your case might not have extensive experience handling cases like yours.


Attorney DiRenzo Selected for DUI Defense Lawyers Association Membership

DiRenzo Defense is proud to announce that our founding attorney, William DiRenzo, has been selected for membership to the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. The DUIDLA recognizes lawyers all over the country that meet the highest DUI defense standards.

The not-for-profit organization aims to both further the legal efforts for those accused of DUI crimes and also recognize attorneys who embody the vigilance and advocacy needed to effectively navigate this dynamic, science-based arena of criminal defense. According to organization’s mission statement, they will endeavor to protect the constitutional rights of drivers by fostering a spirit of cooperation and transparency among its prestigious membership. DUILA seminars in Chicago and Santa Monica have already been scheduled for 2015, with more promised.

This is not the first DUI-related recognition for our firm. Attorney DiRenzo—already a member of the National College for DUI Defense—led the firm to a “Superior” ranking by National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC in 2014. We congratulate Attorney DiRenzo on his new DUIDLA membership as he looks forward to collaborating with his fellow members to further ensure the very best service for our DUI clients.

Getting Your DUI Case in the Right Hands

As DUIDLA recognizes, the landscape of DUI laws is constantly changing and tightening its grasp on the rights of Florida drivers. That is why it is up to the legal representatives in our communities to stay immersed in this field, support those who have been accused, and engage with lawmakers over new legislation and reform. Attorney DiRenzo’s DUIDLA membership is just more proof of this kind of unparalleled DUI defense and knowledge he and his team are ready to provide.

Oakland Park Dunkin Donuts Robbed: Theft Crime Involving Use of Firearm

If apprehended charges under Florida’s 10-20-Life Statutes can be expected according to Direnzo Defense. is reporting that a Dunkin Donuts was robbed last week. The crime was captured on video and depicts an employee and customer being held at gunpoint according to Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. The assailants were wearing masks to conceal their identity.

Video evidence becomes less useful to the prosecution where identifying features are not apparent by captured surveillance video. We have seen cases whereby the State Attorney attempted to establish identity by introducing video evidence depicting an individual walking in a manner similar to the defendant.

Theft crimes in Florida involving the use of a handgun are much more severe due to special criminal statutes that enhance the offense. 10-20-Life laws also come into play.

It is not necessary that a firearm be found for the prosecution to seek a conviction under Florida law. The mere allegation that a firearm was used is enough for the State to proceed.

Criminal Prosecution and Defense Question & Answer

Q- If a defendant is alleged to have used a firearm during the commission of a crime, can he still be prosecuted under enhanced gun laws if he claims that the firearm was a toy? Considering that the gun was never located wouldn’t the prosecutor be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt?

A- In Broward County, the State Attorney’s Office will file and proceed on charges involving firearms even where the only evidence tending to establish the firearm element is testimony by a witness to the crime. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have been forced to defend against gun charges where the gun was nothing more than a toy. Unfortunately, the toy was discarded and never recovered.

Victim testimony is not always accurate and such cases are highly defensible, unless, of course the client is a repeat offender and unable to testify that the firearm was a toy. Repeat offender court is full of these types of cases.

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