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Why are politicians in Hillsborough County and at the State level trying so hard to destroy Uber? It works and I use it. My friends use it. People who have temporarily lost driving privileges should use it instead of driving without a license or insurance. People out on the town should use it instead of driving DUI. It keeps the roads safer. If you live in Florida, call your State Senator and tell them to vote no on Florida 2015 Senate Bill 1298.
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Why public defenders are worthless 8n fort Walton Beach? ?I only know that matter what the innocent are guilty in Florida and this how they make their money in Florida. .nothing make sense..like someone failed a home study twice and the judge still award to that person.
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I knew of few of these Google search commands, but seeing a list was helpful. Google has its own list too: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?hl=en
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Listening to William C. Head's presentation at the DUIDLA Winter Seminar.
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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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Did you watch any of the five hour - The American Justice Summit from November 10, 2014? You can watch the video of the event from my blog article linked below.

The most liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans team up for the event and seem to agree - judges should lock up fewer people and do it for a shorter period of time.
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This is the link to the video - The American Justice Summit 2014
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A doctor and a lawyer in two cars collided on a country road. The lawyer, seeing that the doctor was a little shaken up, helped him from the car and offered him a drink from his hip flask. The doctor accepted and handed the flask back to the lawyer, who closed it and put it away. "Aren't you going to have a drink yourself?" asked the doctor. "Sure; after the police leave," replied the lawyer.
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Guess he told us...

“It’s dumb that nonlawyers can’t have a financial stake in firms,” said Mark Britton, CEO and president of Seattle-based Avvo, at the 2014 FutureLaw Conference presented by CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. “Lawyers have to be phenomenal practitioners. But we are missing the whole part where we are also businesspeople. Lawyers have no training on business.”

“It’s time to change the rules governing unauthorized practice of law,” said Thomson Reuter’s Joseph Borstein, at the same event. He is global director of Pangea3, which provides legal outsourcing. He cited recent changes in England that allow nonlawyers to be involved in legal shops. “We are going to see U.K. firms eat U.S. firms’ lunch,” he said. 

Read more: http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202716787726/Trust-Darwin-How-Tech-Will-Disrupt-Transform--Save-the-Legal-Profession#ixzz3Qddb6OVb
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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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I do with fort Walton beach..as you can.tell..
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To all the DUI attorneys out there - what do you tell people who ask this question - should I take the test or refuse?

I usually don't even try to answer the question because it depends on so many factors and comes down to a personal choice. But it is interesting to me when someone says "you should almost always blow."

In Florida, at least, that is really bad advice if you want to avoid a DUI conviction. I say that only if it is a first refusal (because a second refusal is a separate crime) and only if you suspect you might blow over a .08.

If you think you will blow under then by all means - blow.

But if you blow over .15 (which 50% of people do in Florida) then you face:
1. harsher penalties then you would receive for DUI Refusal;
2. an interlock device requirement for 6 months;
3. higher fines; and
4. the administrative and court ordered suspension end up being about the same as in a refusal cases (which does not require ignition interlock).

Even if you blow between at .08 and .15 you might still be better off refusing because prosecutors are often less willing to negotiate those cases down to a reckless driving. You also might need your own expert to testify about why the breath test is not reliable. That added expense would not necessarily occur in a refusal case.

It is always a difficult question to answer, but what do you tell people who ask?
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Attorney Casey Ebsary discusses a parent's liability for their child's post on Facebook.
 
Video Parents are on the Hook after Blow-back from a Facebook Face off  - parent's liability for kid's activities on Facebook. 

Summary: A court of appeals has just put parents on the hot seat for libel when they ruled parents can be held accountable for a child’s activities on the social media site facebook. The distinction the court made centered upon the parent’s failure to remove or investigate the activity, even though school officials had disciplined the student. #Lawsuit #facebook #libel

http://youtu.be/TwCoC-5aToM

Complete Story is here: http://www.centrallaw.com/facebook-liability/ Video courtesy of BayNews9 . 
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This is an interesting article. Over the years, I've seen several of these types of cases that involved the alleged victim applying for a U-Visa right after making the accusation (usually in a domestic violence case.) The other problem is that the person accused of the fake crime is innocent. I've just never seen a reporter write an article about the problem before.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS: 10,000 U-Visas a year given to victims of certain crimes, family members Some exploiting the system to stay in the country illegally Misconception is U-Visa ...
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  • University of Florida College of Law
    J.D., with Honors, 1997 - 1999
  • University of Oklahoma
    B.A., 1991 - 1995
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Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
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Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
813-250-0500

Education and Experience

I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors in 1999. I have completed internships with the State Attorney's Office working with state prosecutors, United States Attorney's Office working with federal prosecutors, and an United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida in the Tampa Division.

I began my career as an assistant public defender in Florida. I have represented hundreds of individuals in misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases. After working for two years at the public defender's office, I entered private practice in 2001 where I continued to focus on criminal defense.

In 2008, I founded the Sammis Law Firm with my husband of 12 years, Jason Sammis. He also focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal defense.

Jason and I live in Tampa with our two kids and an ill-behaved chocolate lab.

Other Interests

When I'm not in the courtroom, I love to travel with the kids and stay at the beach.

Being an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) allows me to stay current on recent changes in the law that impact criminal defense.

I am also an attorney on the NORML Legal Committee which fights for the reform of marijuana laws throughout the country. 
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  • Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
    Shareholder, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2008 - present
  • Escobar, Ramirez & Associates
    Associate, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis
    Associate, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2001 - 2006
  • Public Defender's Office, 4th Judicial Circuit
    Assistant Public Defender, 1999 - 2001
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I had a wonderful time at the Wine Bar a few weeks ago. They have a nice selection of deserts and cheeses. It is a little pricey, but the presentation is beautiful. I've always had perfect service. If you are in Ybor then stop in for a glass of wine. You will not be disappointed.
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Love the bistro burger and spinach salad. And the fish and steamed veggies are good. The mac and cheese is incredible but probably has a billion calories. Pick up is really quick and easy. Overall it is a good solution when you want a nice dinner but are too tired to think about cooking.
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Great steak & wine list. The dessert room is a fun way to end the meal. The service is perfect every time.
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Good food and can't beat the weisswurst MIT brez'n and schweinsbraten.
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Yummy lunch menu. Food and service are really good. Nice views.
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Rich and his staff did a great job on my mother-in-law's house in Tampa. She loves the hardwood floors! I would recommend this company.
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