Monthly Archives: January 2014

Flagler County DUI Arrests Hit 10 Year High

Flagler County DUI Arrests Hit 10 Year High

DUI arrests in Flagler County hit a 10 year high in 2012. DUI arrests in Florida (17% decrease), Volusia County (41% decrease) and Seminole County (34% decrease) have been dropping over the last 5 years. If you are accused of driving under the influence in Flagler County contact Flagler County DUI lawyer Kevin J. Pitts at 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation.

The Difference Between A Violation Of Probation Hearing And A Criminal Defense Trial

When a prosecutor has a weak case with serious facts they will often try to entice the accused with a probation offer. The prosecutor might want to get someone on probation because they think it is appropriate but they can also have ulterior motives. If the prosecutor can get you on probation then they no longer have to prove a violation beyond a reasonable doubt. You are also not entitled to a jury trial on a violation. If your on felony probation a violation will add points to your score sheet increasing the guideline sentence and the prosecutor can disregard the weakness of the case on the front end because once you plea you have admitted to the charge. This does not mean probation is a bad deal when the state can carry burden. It is obviously better in most cases than being in jail or prison. Although occasionally a client will prefer going to jail or prison to get supervision over with most clients prefer probation. Probation is not easy to comply with and you cannot afford a single slip up if you have a prosecutor that is looking to lock you up. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former prosecutor and understands the games the State Attorney’s office plays. If you are accused of a violation of probation in Volusia County go to Daytona Beach VOP attorney. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts also handles Seminole County probation violation cases, Flagler County violation of probation cases and Orlando violation of probation cases. If you are accused of violation your probation in Central Florida contact criminal defense attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 386-451-5112 or 407-268-3688 to set up a free initial consultation. It is not uncommon for someone accused of violating probation to be held without bond. Mr. Pitts can make sure your friend or family member gets the first available bond hearing to get them out of jail as soon as possible.

Lake County Criminal Traffic Attorney

Lake County has a reputation for being tough on those accused of a crime. If you are accused of a Lake County criminal traffic offense you need a Lake County criminal defense attorney. In 2012 Lake County had 233 leaving the scene of a crash cases. Of those 233 cases 159 of them were adjudicated guilty of Lake County leaving the scene of an accident. An adjudication of guilt means a criminal record for life. Lake County had 84 reckless driving cases in 2012 and 36 of the reckless driving cases resulted in an adjudication of guilt for a Lake County reckless driving. Lake County had 934 DUI arrests. Of those 934 arrests 804 resulted in a guilty verdict for a Lake County DUI. Another common criminal traffic offense in Lake County is driving on a suspended license. In 2012 Lake County had 2,727 criminal suspended license cases or suspended license with knowledge cases. Of those cases 1,749 resulted in a guilty disposition for Lake County driving on a suspended license. Lake County had 851 no valid driver’s license cases. Of those 851 cases 540 resulted in a guilty verdict. Lake County also had 426 improper, expired or no valid tag cases. Of those 426 cases only 150 resulted in a guilty verdict. Just because you have been accused of a crime does not mean you will be convicted. The state must be able to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction, Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can help increase the odds that you will get out of Tavares without being convicted of a crime and make sure your rights are protected. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts handles criminal traffic offenses throughout Central Florida.