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What Happens When BAC Is Below the Legal Limit?

buzzedWhen a person receives a DUI charge, most people think it means the individual was blowing a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08% or more. However, is it still possible to be arrested if the driver blows under the legal BAC limit? Let’s delve a little deeper into this question.

The simple answer is yes, even if they blow below the legal limit, a driver can be arrested for a DUI. That assertion is focused on the Florida law that says DUIs comprise more than just a 0.08 percent BAC in some cases.

According to Florida law, a person is guilty of a DUI if they are under the influence of alcoholic beverages and they are affected to the degree that the usual abilities of the person are impaired. Hence, this has little to do with a driver’s BAC and more to do with the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Consequently, if someone is intoxicated to the extent that they have trouble controlling a motor vehicle, there is the possibility of a DUI arrest.

It makes DUI offenses extremely subjective, regrettably, as the cop who pulls the driver over is the one who determines whether or not the driver is committing a DUI. This means officers are entitled to subjectively arrest people if they believe they are intoxicated to the point of being a danger to themselves or others.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Don’t Hold Your Phone in the School Pick-Up Line

jumpingBy now you’re probably aware of the new law that went into effect on Tuesday making it illegal to use your phone while driving through a construction, work, or school zone. The law extends Florida’s texting while driving ban, making it illegal to even hold the phone while you’re in or driving through these zones.

The new laws may require some acclimating to avoid running afoul of the law. For example, if you have school-age children, you may be accustomed to using your phone while waiting in the pick-up line for your child. You may be using your phone to communicate with them or someone else as you wait but unless you’re using a hands-free solution, holding your phone while in the pick-up line is illegal.

For the time being, police officers are giving drivers warnings instead of tickets to raise awareness of the new law and so drivers have time to adjust. However, this will be changing once January 1, 2020, comes around which is when officers will begin writing tickets. These citations will start at $60 for anyone who commits a first time offense and it will also add three points to a driver’s license.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Law Enforcement Is Warning Ridesharing Drivers About Where They Stop

uberTraffic in Miami is already among the worst in the nation, but are ridesharing drivers making it worse? It’s not uncommon to notice an Uber or Lyft driver stop in the middle of the road to allow passengers to board or exit the vehicle, creating traffic backups and potentially spurring road rage. According to a WSVN article, the Wynwood area is particularly bad, with traffic backing up for more than a block if a driver were to stop on Second Avenue.

Besides causing clogs in traffic, there is also the issue of safety. If a passenger chooses to get out of the vehicle on the opposite side, there is always the risk of oncoming traffic, which could result in the passenger possibly getting hit. How can the issue be solved?

An idea that’s being entertained is having designated locations where drivers can drop off and pick someone up. This means ridesharing drivers would only be permitted to stop in certain locations. However, in order to do that, street parking would need to be cleared.

Have you dealt with Uber and Lyft drivers stopping in front of you?

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Pulled over by an Officer? Don’t Panic

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While most of us would likely consider ourselves to be good drivers, there may still come a moment when a law enforcement officer will ask you to pull over. This can obviously be an anxiety causing experience, but you can take steps to ease the nerves by keeping a few things in mind.

Always remember to immediately steer over to the shoulder or right hand curb once it’s safe. Make sure your hands are visible and consider turning on the interior light of your vehicle if it’s dark outside. Any questions that are asked should be answered with politeness and honesty, but always ask for an explanation if you’re having trouble understanding something. Be sure to show your driver license, vehicle registration, and insurance proof when it’s requested. If the officer does issue you a citation remember that accepting it does not necessarily mean you are admitting you were guilty. You may still fight the citation in court.

While traffic violations are a common reason why an officer may pull you over, keep in mind that there are other reasons too. Having a broken taillight, not using your headlights in the dark, or having an outstanding warrant may also lead to a traffic stop.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Miami-Dade police detective accused of stealing from drivers during traffic stops

Miami-Dade police William Kostopoulos was accused of making three traffic stops in order to steal driver’s money and other property. He was indicted on charges of using his law enforcement authority to violate motorists’ civil rights, in addition to make misleading statements to prevent authorities from finding out about the alleged crimes.

Miami-Dade police Sgt. John Barrow said Kostopoulos, a 17-year veteran, is on paid leave. Also, J.D Patterson, Miami-Dade Police Director, explained “to effectively carry out our sworn duty to protect the physical safety and the constitutionally granted rights of our residents, law enforcement officers need the trust and confidence of the community.”

At the moment the case is being investigated with an alliance made by the FBI with the Homestead Police Department. This situation negatively impacts the public opinion about this profession, making the job of the officers more difficult.

This update is brought to you by the professional Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyers of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We offer accessible, affordable, and convenient services to save you time, money and hassle, with experience in different areas like speeding tickets and red light cameras throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, & The Pal Beaches.

To learn more about our Miami Traffic Attorneys with over 19 years of experience, visit us at 9703 South Dixie Highway Suite #202, Miami, Florida 33156 or contact our bilingual staff at 305-665-1000 or info@ticketlawfirm.com

Roadwork to begin on Krome Avenue Widening

Krome Avenue, Biscayne and Caribbean boulevards, and Interstate 95 will have renovations, causing the traffic flow to change and lanes to close. The first phase of the roadwork at West Miami-Dade which will take two years to complete and cost $17.8 million, stretches from Tamiami Trail north to Okeechobee Road

A major change has taken place in the traffic pattern of southbound I-95, at the moment the entrance to the southbound express lanes has been moved from just south of Ives Dairy Road. Also, drivers entering I-95 from Miami Gardens Drive will now have to skip the flyover and enter the express lanes at Northwest 151st Street.

Due to all the roadwork lane closures will take place at multiple times. In South Miami-Dade, one lane in each direction will be closed on Caribbean Boulevard at the turnpike interchange through Thursday from 10 p.m to 5 p.m. Also, Krome Avenue is well known for its many fatal head-on collisions, and the changes may help to prevent this in the future.

This update is brought to you by the professional Miami Traffic Attorneys of Hochman & Goldin, P.A, with experience from speeding tickets to red light cameras. We offer accessible, affordable, and convenient services to save you time, money, and hassle.

To learn more about our Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyers, contact our bilingual staff at 305-665-1000 or info@ticketlawfirm.com, also feel free to visit our office at 9703 South Dixie Highway Suite #202, Miami, Florida 33156.

Learn More About Our Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Scott Hochman and Sunny Goldin, both alumni from University of Miami School of Law, have each been practicing law in Florida for over 18 years. The attorneys have handled more than 180,000 traffic citations in the courts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and also represent clients on misdemeanor criminal cases. Below is just a brief bio of this firm’s founding attorneys to become a bit more familiar with the trusted Miami lawyers.

Scott Hochman, Esq. received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law in 1993 and his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in the University of Miami in 1990. Once he was admitted to the Florida Bar, Mr. Hochman built his own law practice, representing individuals charged with traffic infractions and criminal offenses, and prior to that had served as a Certified Legal Intern of the Miami-Dade County Public Defender Office. He was also a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission.

Fellow Hochman & Goldin PA attorney, Sunny Goldin, graduated with her Juris Doctorate the same year as Mr. Hochman at the University of Miami School of Law. Before that, she earned her Bachelor of Sciences from UM in 1990. She is a past member of the Infraction Backlog Committee and is Treasurer of the Florida Traffic Attorney Committee. Additionally, she has assisted as a speaker in the Miami-Dade County Traffic Hearing Officer training programs and, prior to joining Hochman & Goldin P.A., served as a Certified Legal Intern with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Our firm handles cases fighting civil and criminal traffic infractions, speeding tickets, red light and camera violations, and toll violations. For more information on our services, visit our webpage HochmanandGoldin.com or call and speak to a member of our friendly, bilingual staff by calling 305-665-1000. We advised clients to call our firm and speak to our Miami Traffic Attorneys, who can determine the right course of action for you, and who will also represent you in court.

About Our Miami Traffic Attorneys

Scott Hochman and Sunny Goldin, both alumni from University of Miami School of Law, have each been practicing law in Florida for over 18 years. The attorneys have handled more than 180,000 traffic citations in the courts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and also represent clients on misdemeanor criminal cases. Below is just a brief bio of this firm’s founding attorneys to become a bit more familiar with the trusted Miami lawyers.

Scott Hochman, Esq. received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law in 1993 and his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in the University of Miami in 1990. Once he was admitted to the Florida Bar, Mr. Hochman built his own law practice, representing individuals charged with traffic infractions and criminal offenses, and prior to that had served as a Certified Legal Intern of the Miami-Dade County Public Defender Office. He was also a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission.

Fellow Hochman & Goldin PA attorney, Sunny Goldin, graduated with her Juris Doctorate the same year as Mr. Hochman at the University of Miami School of Law. Before that, she earned her Bachelor of Sciences from UM in 1990. She is a past member of the Infraction Backlog Committee and is Treasurer of the Florida Traffic Attorney Committee. Additionally, she has assisted as a speaker in the Miami-Dade County Traffic Hearing Officer training programs and, prior to joining Hochman & Goldin, P.A., served as a Certified Legal Intern with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Our firm handles cases fighting civil and criminal traffic infractions, speeding tickets, red light and camera violations, and toll violations. For more information on our services, visit our webpage HochmanandGoldin.com or call and speak to a member of our friendly, bilingual staff by calling 305-665-1000. We advised clients to call our firm and speak to  our Miami Traffic Attorneys, who can determine the right course of action for you, and who will also represent you in court.