Monday, April 29, 2013

Can I Plead Not Guilty Because of Being High?

Substance abuse and how it may function in a criminal case in Florida


George was hanging around with his friends and got a little loaded.  Actually, George was completely out of it.  He barely remembers his friends suggesting that they break into the bike shop and steal a couple of $5000 bikes.  But the cameras have his picture, there’s no doubt about it, and now he’s busted.  He thinks he should be able to use the excuse of being intoxicated, and therefore be acquitted for not having the necessary intent to make his conduct a crime.

Unfortunately for George, the general rule in Florida is that you cannot use the defense of voluntary intoxication, more specifically, that you went out and got high on a certain substance before committing a crime, and therefore you are not guilty.  That's just never going to work.

Must Show a Pattern of Substance Abuse Not Previously Treated



On the other hand, a pattern of substance abuse in a person's history is another issue. If you have been charged with criminal and/or drug offenses, been convicted, and even been incarcerated, but you have never received treatment for your problem in the past, you can actually use Florida Statute 948 to potentially reduce your sentence or obtain an alternative sentence.

Florida Statute Section 948 allows substance abusers who have been in trouble with the law before but have never received treatment for their problem, to obtain that treatment over the course of a term of probationary supervision.  This allows an eligible defendant to take part in a drug program as a special condition of probation, rather than serve a prison sentence that the state would otherwise call for.  This is decided on a case by case basis, and a motion would have to be filed and argued to be considered by the court.

Perhaps most importantly, this can't be a frivolous motion, because typically if a motion for alternative sentence is filed, a person has to plea open to the court.  Well what does that mean?

There are actually three things that can happen in a criminal case in terms of a resolution if the case is not otherwise subject to dismissal.
    1.    A trial by jury or a bench trial (Judge).
    2.    A negotiated resolution with the state, where you are accepting the State’s offer.
    3.    An open plea to the court.



Never Consider an Open Plea to the Court Without the Opinion of a Criminal Attorney


An open plea to the court basically says, “I don't want to go to trial, but I don't want what the state's offering either. So I'm asking you, judge, to sentence me as you see fit.”  Obviously, a person does this under proper conditions and advice from an attorney, because they are seeking to obtain a lesser sentence than the state is willing to offer.

In order to enter an open plea before the court, however, a judge is going to ask you and make sure you understand that you could be sentenced to the maximum sentence allowable by law.  The sitting judge will often say that he or she does not know what the sentence will be yet.  Only after hearing all the evidence and mitigating circumstances from your attorney will they make a determination of whether you qualify, and how they will ultimately sentence you.

A person that wants to obtain an alternative sentence must show that there is a pattern of substance abuse, and that they are amenable to treatment.   A Defendant must also have a tolerance for risk, understanding that he or she could go before the court and possibly receive a sentence far worse than what the state is offering, even the maximum sentence, in order to possibly receive leniency from the court.

Now obviously a defendant ideally make this decision after long talks with an attorney who is experienced in handling drug-related offenses in order to determine if they are a good candidate for this approach   Although the resolution of a drug program rather than prison is indeed advantageous, a person could in fact end up with more prison than the state was even recommending.  




At the Law Offices of Eric A. Kay, P.A. we are experienced in matters dealing with open pleas and related matters.  If you have been arrested for any crime, or you believe you are about to be arrested, detained, or questioned, call our offices immediately to discuss your rights. 
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Friday, April 26, 2013

7 Business Start-up Tips That Can Save You Money

Thinking About Buying a Business. Consider These Tips


You can feel the excitement and wonder if this is the right time to move forward in a decision to become an owner.  You’ve always wanted to own a business, you have a little extra money saved up that could help with the initial financing, and the business looks like a good fit with your experience and passion.  But have you have you covered all your bases?  Do you know what you should be looking for to ensure protection for yourself through this major transaction?

    1.    Take Your Time.  There should not be any reason to rush into such a major, life-changing decision.  Partner with the right business broker whose job is to show you various businesses that fit with your standards and financial range.  It is also wise to partner with your business lawyer, who will protect you from legally entering into any agreement that is not in your best interests.  Especially in this market in 2013, there are many more sellers than buyers.

    2.    Buy What You Are Familiar With.  Is this a business that you have a vested interest in?  For example, if you worked in a bike shop for many years and were very familiar with the ins and outs of running such a business, then looking into purchasing a bike shop would make complete sense.  It is usually best to buy into something that you already know.  If this business encompasses an interest that has always intrigued you, but you never quite had the time to explore, then you will want to do your homework.  Research your product market, interview business owners of similar businesses, and find out what business group memberships you might benefit from being part of.

    3.    Think Outside the Box.  Yes, this is a cliché statement in today’s marketing-driven society, but it is absolutely true.  Don’t merely approach the market you want to appeal to based on your own assumptions of what you think they should like or want.  Do your research - find out what customers are saying they want, need, and will buy more of.

    4.    Ask For The Numbers.  It is important for you to ask for the financial statements of the business from at least the last 3 years.  You need to understand the financial situation this company has faced, and what the current status is.  Be prepared to discount the “extras” that the current owner claims are not on the balance sheet.

    5.    Hire A Professional Or Two.  You will want to take these financial reports and have them interpreted and explained to you.  You may have a personal accountant who may be able to assist in this matter.  You may also want to enlist your business lawyer to check out the business’ legal history.  Were there any lawsuits against this business?  Were there any illegal transactions taking place in the past?  If this is the case, you will want to be sure that these legal issues will have no impact on you as the new owner.

    6.    Negotiate.  Many buyers simply skip the step of negotiating the price of a business to be purchased.  Why is that?  There is nothing to lose by making an offer that is lower than asking price, unless it is a hotly contested sale. There is no way to know what the response from the owner will be.  If your offer is rejected, then you can go a little higher.  There is no risk involved in starting low from the beginning.

    7.    Make A Business Plan.  Once you have decided to move forward in purchasing a particular business, the very first step you need to do is to create a business plan.  But don’t just create this plan and put it away.  If you’re in partnership with someone else, make sure that the other people involved share your vision and goals.  A partnership should be something that you create together with a like mind.  This will be especially important in making future business project decisions and the company grows. If you are the sole proprietor of this new business, then create a business plan with your accountant or a trusted business professional who will hold you accountable to what your goals and plans are.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the issues facing you when planning to purchase an existing business.  We will be happy to discuss the full range of issues that you should consider. .
We know that buying a business can be both exciting and frightening, as there are so many options to consider.  Let us advise you in this venture, so that you are protected in this process.

It would be devastating to invest in a business opportunity, only to find out later that certain problems could have been avoided, had you hired a business lawyer to ensure your assets and interests were adequately protected.




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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Did You Hear Which Hollywood Couple Is Getting Divorced?

Why Do We Love the Drama of Celebrity Divorces?


Do you remember where you were when you first heard about Katie Holmes filing for divorce from Tom Cruise?  Does divorce make celebrities seem more like us?  Do we watch them to see how they deal with the after effects of divorce?  Maybe some of us even feel empowered as we watch celebrities pick up the pieces from their lives and move forward from such devastating situations.

With the difficulties that come with divorce, in terms of the emotional and financial impact on all that are involved, it is curious what makes people so obsessed with celebrity divorces.  Two factors that greatly differentiate celebrity divorces from the average person are the length of time they were married and the financial settlements between the parties.  McKinleyIrvin.com lists a few interesting facts about celebrity divorces.

  • Mel and Robyn Gibson’s divorce in 2009 is considered to be the largest celebrity divorce settlement, as Mel paid his ex $425 million.
  • The celebrity who has been married and divorced the most is actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who has been married nine times.
  • Britney Spears holds the record for shortest celebrity marriage; her union with friend Jason Alexander lasted only 55 hours before it was annulled.

The Divorce Statistics Are Alarming


When people finally decide to take the big step of getting married, it is sad to realize that at least 50% of them will end up divorced.  We all know several people - whether co-workers, relatives, friends, and even our own parents - who have experienced the reality of divorce.

Here are some interesting divorce facts worth drawing attention to:

  • In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds.  That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week.
  • 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce.
  • 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.
  • The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is 8 years.
  • People wait an average of three years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).
  • The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.
  • Seventy-nine point six percent of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6 percent of custodial fathers receive a support award.
  • If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14 percent.
  • People who wait to marry until they are over the age of 25 are 24 percent less likely to get divorced.
  • Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.
  • If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13 percent.
  • 2008 voter data shows that “red” states (states that tend to vote Republican), have higher divorce rates than “blue” states (states that tend to vote Democrat).
  • The Barna Research Group measured divorce statistics by religion.  They found that 29 percent of Baptists are divorced (the highest for a US religious group, while only 21 percent of atheists/agnostics were divorced (the lowest).

What About Kids and Divorce?



While they may not understand the complications that have ultimately led to the divorce, there is no question that children often get caught in the crossfire and suffer from great pain as a result.  They are powerless over the situation and are often torn between the two people they love the most. McKinleyIrvin.com also cites the following statistics related to children and divorce:

  • The divorce rate among couples with children is much lower than couples without children.
  • Forty-three percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers.
  • Seventy-five percent of children with divorced parents live with their mother.
  • Twenty-eight percent of children living with a divorced parent live in a household with an income below the poverty line.
  • Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage.  Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.

Divorce is a delicate and often complex process.  Celebrities don’t face the same challenges that you do; your time and financial resources are limited and divorce requires you to spend your money with caution and wisdom simultaneously.  Contact us today for a free consultation and let us construct a plan to help you get through your divorce with ease and peace of mind.
















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Monday, April 15, 2013

4 Main Issues You Will Face in Divorce in the State of Florida


Don't Be Caught Off Guard by These Divorce Issues



Many clients come in for an initial consultation wanting to know more about their rights and what actually happens in a divorce case.  Of course, many people know that the intended result is that they will no longer be married to the person that they are currently married to, for whatever reason.  Florida is a no fault state, meaning that the court will in fact grant a divorce without requiring that a party prove adultery, abuse, abandonment, fraud, or any other claim.

However, the most important issues I tell my clients to think about in the course of a divorce, in terms of where their rights will be affected, is:

  1. Equitable distribution: The respective assets and liabilities that have been accumulated by a couple during their marriage and how the court splits those up.
  2. Child support:  If there are children of the marriage, this will be very easy to figure out in the state of Florida, and will be addressed in greater detail later in the post.
  3. Child Custody/Visitation: Florida now requires a Parenting Plan to ensure the specific visitation rights of each parent.
  4. Alimony:  Whether that should be ordered in a certain case, alimony is basically spousal support.
 

Equitable Distribution is Not Equal Distribution

 

People hear equitable distribution, and think that it means equal distribution, because equitable is "close" as a word to equal.  But in fact, it's quite different. Equitable distribution, which occurs during settlement or mediation, is whatever the court or the parties determine is fair to settle certain debts and split up certain assets. Anything that is acquired during the marriage of two individuals is generally subject to equitable distribution. This could include your house, other real estate properties, cars, personal property, who gets left paying the bill on an ugly credit card statement, and many other items. Equitable distribution is usually a very important consideration in a divorce case.


Child Support

 

If you have children during the course of a marriage, then the state says you must pay child support regardless of your involvement in that child's life. Child support in Florida is determined on a basis of who is the primary residential parent and who is the secondary residential parent. Beyond that, it basically goes into a formula set forth by Florida statutes.

The formula works by taking the relative income of one party during the course of a year, adding up the total income of the other party during the course of one year, on an annual basis, and then coming to a gross number. To put numbers to this, let’s suppose that the husband in a certain case makes $60,000 per year, and the wife in a certain case makes $40,000 per year. The total amount then, earned by the couple, is $100,000.  From there, Florida Statutes set forth what the child support payment should be, based on the total income of the parties.

Each individual would then usually be required to pay their pro-rata share of the total amount.  For instance, in this example where the husband earned $60,000 annually and the wife earned $40,000 annually, then the husband would typically be ordered to pay 60% of the total amount specified in the statute, with the wife paying the remaining 40%. The Statute which establishes the amounts also has determinations for how many children are at issue.  Unless there are special circumstances, the court does not typically deviate from this.  There may be additional support obligations that are then added to this, for recurring costs such day care, schooling, and other needs of the minor child or children at issue.
 

Child Custody/Visitation

 

It is important to note that child custody is a term that is no longer preferred by the Florida courts because the relevant issue is now: "Who is the primary, and who is the secondary residential parent?"  Rather than simply saying, "You have custody of this child and you do not," the courts now call for a Parenting Plan. A Parenting Plan is a very detailed document which sets forth with specificity when a child will be with a given parent: on what days of the week, what holidays, what times, and so forth. The  primary residential parent has overnights with the minor child or children some majority of the time, with the secondary residential parent exercising reasonable visitation.


Alimony

 

Alimony is spousal support and is an issue in many cases. When the court determines whether or not spousal support should be ordered, it takes into account various statutory factors, which include: the length of the marriage and the sacrifices of the parties.  An example of the latter would be if one spouse has ignored their own career so that another spouse could get certification in a certain profession, or perhaps an advanced degree. Another situation could be where one person has not worked in order to be the primary caretaker of the children.  The term of the marriage, if long- term, can be the single biggest determining factor for the court in determining entitlement.

In many cases, alimony is negotiated by the parties involved.  In fact, this is a frequent topic of negotiation during mediation in a divorce case, because many see leaving such a decision up to a judge, who may not know much about the couple involved before trial day, as too risky.  No matter how uncomfortable mediation can be during the course of a divorce, it is often preferable to trial where essentially a stranger will determine what each person will be awarded with regard to child support, alimony, and other matters.

If you are facing the reality of divorce, contact our offices today at (954)330-8994 or at ek@ekaylaw.com for a free consultation.  Hearing the details of your situation will aid in determining what approaches and solutions may be available to you.
 




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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Florida’s 2013 Sentencing Laws Could Help Lessen Your Jail Time


What You Need To Know About Reducing Your Criminal Sentence In Florida


The state of Florida has sentencing laws, specifically what's called a motion for downward departure from the sentencing guidelines. As you may or may not know, if you've been charged with a felony in Florida, and based on the criminal punishment guidelines scoresheet, if you score more than 44 points, the state is generally going to be saying you are in mandatory prison range and you have to go to prison for a term.
One way to avoid this is to file a motion for downward departure.  Florida Statute 921 allows for defendants in certain circumstances to be given a different sentence alternative to prison, based on their relative status under the law.  What that means, for instance, is if a person is arrested for possession of cocaine, and based on their criminal history they are looking at mandatory incarceration based on the criminal guidelines scoresheet; but they also have a long and documented history of mental illness, and mental illness is actually a factor under the statute that can be considered by the court to set aside what would otherwise be a prison sentence and instead give that person an alternative sentence, which may include mental health treatment or probation, but the general avoidance of incarceration.
Other motions for downward departure could include cooperation with the state, working with the state, an isolated incident for which the defendant has shown remorse, cooperating with the state before they even knew that a criminal offense had been committed. All of these things may be considered by the court to overrule the guidelines scoresheet, and the state's request for mandatory prison.
However, it's important to note once again that in these cases, a defendant must open plea before the court, meaning they generally have to agree to being sentenced anything up to the maximum allowed by law by the judge, then put forth why they deserve leniency, which will lead the court to ultimately make the final ruling as to whether the motion for downward departure is granted.  If the motion for downward departure is granted, the person may receive probation, county jail, time in a mental health treatment facility, other recovery programs, or even a shorter prison sentence than the state is asking for.  All of these are possibilities as a result of a motion for downward departure that is in fact granted.  
The best way to determine if these options might be applicable to your case is if you contact me today by email or by phone at (954) 330-8994, so that we can set up a free initial consultation.



Monday, April 8, 2013

3 Important FAQs About Getting Arrested in Florida


Criminal Defense Lawyer in Florida Answers Your Questions About Your Rights, When To Remain Silent, and Tricks Played by Police Officers.


What Happens if an Officer Doesn't Read Me My Rights During the Course of an Arrest?
Clients will often ask this question, along with, “Can I get my case dismissed on this basis alone?" The reading of your rights is something that is a compulsory part of your arrest.  Unfortunately, you cannot get your case dismissed sheerly because an officer doesn't read you your rights. However, it does have important ramifications on where the case goes from there.
If an officer fails to instruct you as to your rights during an arrest, anything that you say during the course of that arrest, in Florida, can likely later be excluded by a motion to suppress evidence or statements, because those statements were obtained from you before you received an adequate warning that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. So although an officer reading your rights is a mandatory portion of the arrest process, the failure to do so won't result in the dismissal of your case, but could likely result in the exclusion of certain evidence obtained from you during the course of your arrest.
Should I Cooperate or Remain Silent When an Officer Is Asking Me Questions?

Your right to remain silent during the course of the arrest is an important question, especially when the arresting officer is asking you related questions.  The answer is very simple:  you should just remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you later, either by that officer, by the state attorney, by the court, whoever may choose to use it.
The bottom line is that the officer is not looking for information from you when he or she asks you to make a statement that is helpful to your case. They are looking to weed out from your statement any and everything that would form the basis of supporting a conviction for what they are arresting you for. So if you say five great things about why you're innocent, and one thing about why you may be guilty, probably only the thing that makes you guilty is going to end up in that police report, and you've done yourself a great disservice by "cooperating.”  Truth be told, the officers aren't in the business of finding out why you're innocent; they're trying to build a case against you, and anything you say is evidence in a case.
So if you are asked to make a statement by an officer, do not cooperate - invoke your right to remain silent, and let the evidence speak for itself.
Is It Legal for an Officer to Trick Me into Making Statements?

During the course of an arrest, the officer may (and is in fact allowed to under law) engage in what amounts to trickery to try to obtain statements or confessions from you.  It is perfectly legal for them to say, "If you just tell me the answer to this question, I'll let you go.”  They could also say, "I already know x, y, and z from another witness," or "from another complainant," and then induce you to make a statement that you believe is professing your innocence, but ends up only being evidence against you.
Once again, if an officer is seeking to obtain a statement from you, whatever the circumstances, do not make any statements about your case because that statement has a very small likelihood of ever helping you, and stands to be a great piece for the state to use later to help convict you of the charges presented.

For a free consultation regarding the specific issues of your case, email or contact us today at (954) 330-8994.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Business Owners - Do You Need a Lawyer on Retainer


Affordable Business Attorneys Help With Common Small Business Issues


Small Business or Big Business - A Day in the Life of a CEO




8:00  Good News.  You landed a huge national retail chain.  Along with that good news comes several book length standard practice requirements.  One on purchase orders, one on payment, one on shipping, one on . . . . You can be legally liable for any aspect of breach from hundreds of pages that you are agreeing to abide by.  Should you just accept the PO and hope for the best?

8:30  Bad News.  You have always had a policy of signing every check, but for this one little subsidiary, you didn’t want to be bothered.  Besides all the checks were for under $500 and the bookkeeper in that department seemed golden.  What you didn’t know was that she had some financial problems and started writing some of those $300 checks to herself.  You find out $20,000 later.  Now what?

9:00  Good News.  The $700,000 equipment lease has been approved.  But you will have to give a personal guarantee.  What is your exposure?  Should you do it?

9:30   Bad News.  The insurance company auditor just did a walk through in your plant.  Under the new rules, you just can’t stack stuff that high anymore unless you have a much more high powered sprinkler or sprinklers in the pallet racks.  They will drop you in 30 days if you don’t comply.  Can they do that?  Is that the rule?  Who says?  What are the options?

10:00   Good News.  You have just received a $150,000 order from a customer who normally orders in much smaller amounts.  You can really use that order right now, but  you have a nagging doubt about whether you can fill it according to the requested terms.  How can you lower your risk?  Should you do the deal?

10:30  Bad News.  You have an employee in your office crying her eyes out.  She feels that one of your managers is holding her back from a promotion because he is looking for something in return.  He has touched her in a marginally inappropriate manner.   What are your options?  How do you handle this?

11:00  Good News.  The CFO has found a way to save thousands of dollars by switching computer systems.  The new computer company wants a two year contract for upgrades, security, maintenance, retraining, etc.  The contract is almost $50,000 for those two years.  The hardware looks great.  The software should save time and provide better customer service.  But what about this contract?



11:30  Bad News.  Lightning struck the roof of a satellite office and took out one of the air conditioning compressors.   The landlord says “Not my problem!”  The insurance company says, “Talk to your landlord.”  You have the lease and the insurance contract in front of you on your desk, but what can you do next?

It isn’t even noon yet!!  Sure, it isn’t likely that you would have so many issues on a given morning, but any of  these issues and so many more are part of the fabric of running any business.  Having a trusted attorney that you can call for direction is simply  good business thinking.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Attorney?


How Does A Defense Attorney Determine The Cost For My Case?

One of the most frequent questions I get is "How much is my case going to cast? And what is that based on?"

In criminal matters, typically, clients are charged a flat fee for representation; this flat fee is based on the relative seriousness of the charges presented by the state. 

In a common misdemeanor case, where a defendant can only serve up to 364 days in Broward County Jail, the cost of representation is going to be significantly less than a felony representation, where a client may be facing years in prison. 

It is also true that a third degree felony is going to cost less than a second degree felony. A second degree felony less than a first degree felony. A life felony more than that, and so on. 


What Typically Happens In Criminal Cases


In criminal law, the more serious a case is, the more time an attorney is going to have to spend on it to achieve a favorable result for the client. That may include negotiating with the prosecutor, taking depositions, picking apart the state's evidence. Certainly, when you start with a case that's much more serious, then its going to take more time because more likely than not, the law enforcement in the matter has also taken more time to collect the evidence. There is also more to set aside if a client is to receive a favorable result, either through plea negotiations, motion practice, or a trial. 

So the quick answer is, how much a criminal representation is going to cost is usually, primarily based on the seriousness of the charges for which you are arrested.

The bottom line is that we are here to help. If you are not sure what kind of legal help you are interested in at this point, I encourage you to contact me today either by phone at 954-330-8994 
or email me for a free consultation. I would be happy to hear the facts of your case, and help determine the best course of action for your unique situation.


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Monday, April 1, 2013

What If I Haven't Been Drinking and I Get Pulled Over?


A question that I often get from my clients is, “If I haven’t been drinking, can I actually be convicted for driving under the influence?”  The answer to that is yes. If you have not consumed alcohol, however, your DUI investigation by an officer may go a bit differently than if you have. When an officer stops an individual under suspicion of driving under the influence, they'll typically ask that individual to complete some roadside exercises, and based on their performance of those exercises, the officer will then request a breath test to be submitted by the defendant or the person they have arrested.
If the officer then finds that the person has done poorly in the officer's sole discretion on the roadside exercises, but then blows all zeros on the blood alcohol breath test (meaning that they haven't consumed any alcohol), then typically the officer will say, “Well, I still believe you're impaired, but it's clearly not alcohol, so I believe that you're under the influence of drugs."
When an officer makes this kind of statement, then the next thing that happens is the  person is then asked to submit to a urine test. This is entirely discretionary on the part of the defendant. They can refuse the urine test, just as they could a breath test, just as they could the roadside exercises. And if a urine test is in fact provided, and any substances that are either illegal or intoxicating are found in that person's system, the state can then proceed to charge that person with a DUI based on those urine test results and the testimony of the officer.
Many people also ask, "Can they take my blood?" In Florida, a blood test for the presence of alcohol or drugs is only allowed in cases where there is a serious injury to another motorist or to the defendant themselves, in the course of what the officer believes to be driving under the influence. If the officer is to take a blood test from you, unfortunately, this cannot be refused. This is a matter of law permitted, and any results that they find can then be used against you in a subsequent prosecution.
A hallmark of our practice has been that I encourage my clients to not think of our representation nearly as a case by case representation, but a starting point for all of their legal needs. Whether the initial representation under my firm was for a business transaction, a criminal law matter, an entertainment law issue, I encourage my clients to maintain contact with me as a starting point for any of their legal needs. Should there be a case that's outside of the scope of what my firm handles, I endeavor to place them in the best hands that I know of specializing in that area of law. Through these efforts, we strive to provide representation solutions in a wide and diverse area of law so that our clients can keep coming back to us again and again.
You may also be interested in reading a related post entitled, Consequences of Underage Drinking and DUIs.