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The accreditation for Florida's arson lab goes up in smoke.

"This a huge deal. I mean, it's going to impact every single lab test that came out of that lab. When that accreditation gets pulled, that's a really big deal for the crime lab," said Tampa defense attorney Leslie Sammis.

Sammis told us no one told her the lab's accreditation was suspended. She said this information should be shared with every defense attorney in Florida.

"So if prosecutors don't know about it, that's a really big problem," said Sammis. "And if the prosecutors do know about it, and they're not sending out to the criminal defense attorney, that's an even bigger problem."
When Florida fire investigators gather samples to test for arson, they usually ship them off to the state's lab and rely on the chemist's conclusions. But the I-Team discovered that the lab they use was under investigation for how they do their tests.
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Did you know officers in Florida have their own special Bill of Rights? Does it prevent a DUI investigation when a detective allegedly shows up drunk to work a roadside investigation?
10 Investigates raises questions with New Port Richey police after a detective is not arrested for DUI after officers noticed he was driving drunk.
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What do prosecutors think of the drunk driving refusal case? A prosecutor in Tarrant County, TX, explains it this way:

"Statistics in our county reveal which DWI trials are most challenging. In 2010, the conviction rates for cases with breath and blood tests were 83 and 100 percent, respectively. However, the conviction rate for all DWI cases in Tarrant County was 58 percent. This sizeable decrease is attributable to breath/blood test refusal cases (45 percent conviction rate) and the dreaded total refusal (35 percent)....

One reason breath-test refusal cases are difficult is because the absence of objective evidence often causes juries to demand obvious signs of intoxication that are more consistent with a total loss of normal faculties."

See http://www.tdcaa.com/journal/new-dwi-prosecution

Read more about refusal cases in Florida - http://www.criminaldefenseattorneytampa.com/dui/chemical-testing/refusal/
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We just updated the page on our website discussing DUI cases in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL. Find out why we are still encouraging our clients to demand a formal review hearing to contest the administrative suspension.
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Since taking office Governor Rick Scott has been increasing aggressive with taking actions against notaries after an allegation of misconduct. The Governor's Office is responsible for investigating infractions both small and large.

In some cases, the allegations lead to a criminal investigation and prosecution after the case is referred to law enforcement.

For instance, under Florida Statute Section 117.05 for "Falsely Taking or Receiving an Acknowledgment of a Signature on a Written Instrument" is a third degree felony.
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Cool new online attorney membership directory launched for the California DUI Lawyers Association. We need a state level DUI organization like this in Florida. This directory is a great way for the public to find a qualified attorney and avoid the commercial directories. Good work +Lawyer Legion and +Internet LAVA, LLC !
 
Looking for a DUI attorney in San Diego, CA? Check out the new directory for the California DUI Lawyers Association. If you are a DUI attorney in CA, make sure you have claimed your profile. Specialty bar association can have better online attorney directories. Let us know what you think.
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This is a good way to find an DUI attorney online in California. Check out the directory for the California DUI Lawyers Association founded in 1989.
 
+Lawyer Legion just launched the new "find a lawyer" directory for the California DUI Lawyers Association founded in 1989. The top DUI lawyers in California are active in this organization. Visit their directory if you need a DUI attorney.  More than 500 attorneys are listed. If your organization needs a better membership directory then contact Lawyer Legion and the team and +Internet LAVA, LLC .
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New Petition to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida in 2016 is ready to be signed.
 
The new petition to legalize medical marijuana in Florida in 2016 has been approved by the Secretary of State. Florida voters can download, print, sign, and mail in the new petition. 700,000 validated signatures are needed. Read more about marijuana crimes in Florida.


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The criminal defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, created this blog to discuss criminal justice issues, statistics and policy. Leave a comment whether you agree with our analysis or not. Sammis Law Firm 1005 N. Marion St. Tampa, FL 33602 ...
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The Sheriff in Pasco County calls two deputies "criminals who were unfortunately wearing a badge." Carlos Xavier Lopez, 41, was charged Nov. 6 with sexually battering a woman while he was in uniform and on-duty following up on a call for a previous domestic incident.

Longtime Pasco deputy Fredric Pye Vetter was fired. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with evidence tampering.
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What are the consequences of leaving the scene of a traffic crash?

Florida State Statute 316.027 provides for different penalties depending on whether anyone was hurt and the type of damages suffered. 

If you are convicted of leaving the scene of a crash that has caused injury to another, then the charge is a third degree felony.

If you are convicted of leaving the scene of a crash that has caused serious bodily injury to another, then the charge is a second degree felony.

If you are convicted of leaving the scene of a crash that results in the death of another, then the charge is a first degree felony, and the court must impose a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years.

All of these offenses will also result in your driver's license being revoked for at least 3 years.

Under Florida State Statute 316.027, you are required to STOP your vehicle if you are involved in a crash and remain at the scene; you must provide certain contact information to others at the scene; the stop shall be made without unnecessarily obstructing traffic, and, if a damaged vehicle is obstructing traffic, the driver of the vehicle shall make every reasonable effort to move the vehicle or have it moved so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic.

Read more about leaving the scene, hit and rule and Florida Statute 316.027.
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Mrs Sammis previously represented me in a restraing order case. She was great very prepared very honest and not only got a dismissal but was so effective the judge gave an 8 page ruling explaining how it was filed fraudulently and it was done to blackmail me.

My divorce lawyer as most are only concerned with running my bill up and dragging things out. Mrs Sammis took over my case that had drug on for two years and was able to complete my case in 6 months. All rulings against my x and handled my divorce more effectively and receiving an outcome numerous lawyers told me I couldn't. She is the best. Worth every Pennie.

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parker lillie
2 weeks ago
I used the Sammis Law firm for a matter I needed handled in Hillsborough County. They were very professional and handled my issue with no stress to me. I didn't have to worry about anything! I would highly recommend the Sammis Law firm and the attorneys there to my family and friends.
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Tammy VanDusen
5 months ago
I would like to thank Sammis Law Firm they exceeded my expectations in my case , they went above and beyond and had my charges dropped , they are an acceptional Law firm , will recommend them to anyone that is in need of a great Attorney. Everyone that I spoke with and had contact with were very friendly and curtious. I greatly appreciated everything they did for me. They were very upfront and honest from the start , they always had my best interest in mind. If I ever need an attorney again they will be my one and only phone call!
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Sammy Coghill
6 months ago
If I ever get into any legal trouble again I know my first call will be to Mrs. Sammis. She won my case even after the State Prosecutor threw a couple curve balls. Let me tell you, she didnt care what they threw at her, she knocked it out of the park. Even after a few dirty tricks by the State Prosecutors, Leslie was able to get my case thrown out completely! One of the coolest things about Leslie was that she gave me the time of day. I never felt as though I was bothering her. Anytime I had a question or concern she was always available. I highly recommend anyone seeking legal advice or representation to give her a call.
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Justin Shafer
2 weeks ago
Sammis Law Firm has a great reputation for having the best criminal defense attorneys in Tampa Bay! I'd highly recommend this firm to my friends and family.
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Ricky Sebastian
3 months ago
I would highly recommend the Sammis Law Firm. Throughout the stressful process of my case my attorney kept me informed, met with me when I needed, and walked me through the process so I knew what to expect. Mr. Menendez did a great job in court and was very prepared. I hope to never need legal help again, but if I do, I know who will be representing me.
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J. -
5 months ago
Mr. Menendez represented me on a traffic ticket case. He was very professional throughout and stayed on top of the case, so I didn't have to stress out about. He took care of scheduling the correct type of court date and dealing with a hostile witness. When it came time to have the hearing Mr. Menendez met with me, and listened to what I had to say about the incident. He explained the law to me and what our strategy was for the hearing. When we got to the hearing, it was clear he was prepared. He had cases to argue in my defense, and he knew who to talk to and look for to get the information needed. My case was quickly called and dismissed before I could even get up to the podium. I would definitely recommend hiring Mr. Menendez.
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Bobby Starks
3 months ago
I highly recommend working with Sammis Law firm and to ask for Matt or Miss Brunson. They got my traffic ticket dismissed with no time at all and kept me up to date on everything leading up to the court date. I can not say enough about them and their quickness to get things done.
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Adam Raschke
a year ago
Leslie and her whole team do a fantastic job. I am an attorney myself but leave areas outside of my line of work to the experts. Leslie and her team are thorough, communicative, and drive great results. Leslie got a great result for me. She was able to get the ticket against me dropped entirely. If you need criminal or traffic defense assistance, I would most definitely recommend hiring Leslie.