Drunk Driving on New Year’s Eve/Day

Police departments all over the country are constantly cracking down on drunk driving, but perhaps at no time more aggressively than during the holiday season, and over New Year’s Eve/Day in particular.

Tonight, as our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense lawyers know, police — undercover, in cruisers and at checkpoints — will be on the lookout for vehicles showing the signs of a potentially drunk driver.

Our skilled lawyers know that being arrested for DUI can have a devastating effect on your reputation and your relationships; make sure that tonight, you have fun but travel as safely as possible.

Teen Marijuana Use Drops Even as States Embrace Legalization

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert are fascinated, though not surprised, by recent research showing that teenage marijuana use in America is dropping, despite more and more states embracing legal access to marijuana.

To be sure, this is part of a much larger, and encouraging, trend. As reported by the Washington Post, teenagers are smoking cigarettes far less than they used to, they’re drinking way less alcohol, and, as noted above, they’re smoking less pot. What’s notable here is that of the three substances mentioned above, the only one that’s recently become legal in a number of states is marijuana.

Critics of marijuana legalization have argued, since the days of Richard Nixon and still today, that legalizing pot will make it more accessible, and more susceptible to abuse, especially by the younger members of society. Moreover, they have said, doing so will “send the wrong message.” This 2014 study, carried out by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, clearly proves that those critics are wrong.

Fla. Supreme Court Rules Against Secret Recordings by Victims

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert recognize the importance of the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling that secret recordings — in particular, even those captured by alleged victims of a crime — are not admissible as evidence in a criminal trial.

It’s long been a central tenet of criminal law that evidence procured in an illegitimate or illegal manner cannot be used as evidence in a criminal trial. That legal issue was made a bit murkier, however, in the criminal case against Richard R. McDade, who was sentenced to life in prison after having been found guilty by a Florida court of sexual battery against a young child.

The issue brought to light by this criminal trial, and the subsequent appeal, was whether secret recordings made by his victim, ostensibly proving his guilt, could be entered as evidence. According to the Supreme Court, these recordings should not have been admissible as evidence, and, as a result, McDade will be granted a new trial.

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