Florida roads are typically busy with snowbirds, tourists and residents, especially during the spring and summer. With so many people on the road at any one time, it is especially important for drivers to make safe choices and be attentive. Distractions of all kinds are some of the leading reasons why accidents happen, and lawmakers are looking for ways to make the roads safer for you and everyone else.
Each year thousands of Florida residents are charged with crimes, from misdemeanors to felonies. Contrary to what media coverage these days would have most people believe, an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Every defendant is supposed to have the benefit of the doubt, commonly known as being held as "innocent until proven guilty." In order for law enforcement officials and prosecutors to prove that a criminal suspect is guilty, they will need to collect and present evidence.
When many Florida residents think of having criminal charges brought against them, they think of standing trial in front of a judge and jury. While this scenario is certainly often the case, many steps take place first, including the decision to formally indict someone on charges. If police have arrested you for a crime, a grand jury may need to make the decision whether to move forward with an indictment.
Drunk driving charges are some of the most common criminal charges that people in Florida and throughout the country face. Despite decades of public and private awareness campaigns intended to help educate people about the dangers of drunk driving, some people still take the chance. However, not everyone who is arrested on DUI charges is guilty. Florida residents need to remember that there is a presumption of innocence for every criminal defendant in America.