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Lights, No Camera, Action – Police Body Camera Use In Tampa Bay

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 26 2018

Over one year ago we wrote about the use of body cameras by local law enforcement agencies in our blog, “Your Next Interaction With Police May Be Video Recorded.” Today, many of our local law enforcement agencies have still not adopted the technology and are refusing to do so. Today, only the Pasco County Sheriff’s…
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How Many Drinks Is Over The Limit in Florida? The Answer May Surprise You.

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 19 2018

In Florida a law enforcement officer can make an arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) based on the officer’s observations of indicators of impairment.  An officer may use general observations and Field Sobriety Tests to reach probable cause for a DUI arrest. After the arrest for DUI has been made, the officer will ask…
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This is NOT the Memorial Day SALE You Are Looking For:

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
May. 28 2018

This is not the 2018 Memorial Day Sale you are looking for: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation S.A.L.E. for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Using the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit, DUI Unit, Marine Unit, and Flight Unit, the operation will be targeting speeding, aggressive driving, and the impaired operation of vehicles and vessels….
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St. Petersburg Piles On New Fine for DUI

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Nov. 13 2017

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is already a very costly issue.  Now, the City of St. Petersburg has made it even more expensive for those arrested for DUI. Florida law already allows for substantial court costs and fines for a DUI.  A first time DUI with a Breath or Blood Alcohol Level…
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Labor Day Weekend DUI Wolf Pack Operation Set for September 3-4, 2017

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Sep. 03 2017

Beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 3, 2017, and continuing until 3.a.m., Monday, September 4, 2017 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enhanced DUI enforcement through the use of a “DUI Wolf Pack.”  “Wolf Pack” is the name the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has given these DUI operations that are run in cooperation…
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Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) – Update – 08-23-17

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 23 2017

We have written several times on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – read the original blog here: Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program – The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown . Just last week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that there would be no changes to the County’s arrest…
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Seth Shapiro Wins the 2017 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 29 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Seth Shapiro, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been awarded the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for 2017.  See Seth Shapiro’s Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is presented each year to attorneys based on their positive relationships with their clients. Recipients of the Clients’ Choice…
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Melinda Morris Rated 10.0 “Superb” by Avvo.com

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 24 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Melinda Morris, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been rated a 10.0 – “Superb” by Avvo.com.  See Melinda Morris’ Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Rating evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. Avvo creates the rating using a proprietary model…
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Update #2: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – Real Life Issues

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 18 2017

We have written several times on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – read the original blog here: Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program – The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown . We have taken issue with the program’s selective enforcement, constitutionality, records keeping, and the issue of the requirement…
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Operation Dry Water Targets BUI on 4th of July Weekend 2017

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jul. 01 2017

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign. The stated goal of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of BUI related accidents and fatalities on the water.  Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) along…
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