Florida’s Criminal Laws for Terminating a Pregnancy [Abortion] after 6 Gestational Weeks

Florida Statute Section 390.0111, entitled “Termination of pregnancies,” now prohibits a woman and her doctor from terminating a pregnancy at 6 gestational weeks instead of 15 weeks. Gestational weeks are determined by counting from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period, not the date of conception. Most women would not even realize they […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on May 1, 2024

How To Win a DUI Breath Test Case

One of the best ways to win a DUI breath test case (sometimes called the “DUBAL”) is to get the court to suppress the breath test, making it inadmissible at trial. In one of our recent cases, the Honorable Mary Catherine Green, in the courthouse in Lakeland, FL, suppressed our client’s breath test reading that […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on August 27, 2023

What Happens When the Officer Can’t Remember Anything in the Report?

In many driving under the influence (DUI) cases in Florida, the arresting officer has difficulty remembering how the subject did on field sobriety exercises. These problems are most pervasive when there is no video recording of the roadside investigation. In those cases, the prosecutor might ask the officer if reviewing his report would refresh the […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on February 21, 2023

Driving for Hardship Purposes after a DUI Conviction

If you are convicted of DUI, the court must revoke your driver’s license for at least six (6) months. Of course, the best way to avoid the court-ordered revocation is to avoid the DUI conviction entirely. For example, if your DUI is reduced to reckless driving, the Court is not required to suspend or revoke […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on August 29, 2022

Florida’s New Prohibitions on Abortions after 15 Weeks

Update: The amendment notes for Section 390.0111 explain the amendments that took effect May 1, 2024, provide: The 2023 amendment by s. 4, ch. 2023- 21, in the introductory language of (1), substituted “6 weeks” for “15 weeks” twice, “may not knowingly perform or induce a termination” for “may not perform a termination”; substituted “The […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on May 7, 2022

Opposition to Section 205 of S. 3623 on “Trauma-Informed, Victim-Centered Training”

In 2019, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and several NACDL state chapters rallied to defeat ABA Resolution 114. The resolution endorsed concepts of “affirmative consent” and “trauma-informed” investigations. NACDL’s opposition to the legislation recognized that when it comes to social and sexual engineering, “[t]he criminal law is an incorrect vehicle to impose […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on February 22, 2022

DHSMV’s New Procedures for Expedited Review of Hardship Driving Privileges

After a DUI arrest, if you demand a formal review hearing and the administrative suspension is not invalidated, you will qualify for a hardship license until after the hard suspension. The hard suspension period is: 30-day for a first DUI with a BAC over .08; a 90-day hard suspension for a DUI with a first […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on February 18, 2022

How to Object to a Subpoena for Your Medical Records and Blood Test

Did you receive a letter concerning a subpoena for your medical records from Andrew H. Warren, State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit? If you were involved in a crash and DUI investigation, even if you were NOT arrested, the investigation might trigger such a letter regarding how to object to the issuance of the […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on September 30, 2021

HCSO’s Undercover Prostitution Sting Operation Before Superbowl 2021

According to a press release issued by the Public Affairs Office of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on January 11, 2021, 71 people (all men) were arrested in “Operation Interception.” In addition to the written press release, Sheriff Chad Chronister also held a live press conference to take credit for taking a “proactive approach to […]

Written by Leslie Sammis on January 26, 2021

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