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Mustafa M. Ameen & Andrew H. Shafii

Save Time & Money by Hiring an Attorney to Handle Your Traffic Citations

Traffic Violation attorney in TampaAccording to the Florida DMV, approximately 5 Million Traffic Tickets are given per year to Florida Drivers.  These citations are costly and vary in price from county to county. Aside from being expensive, they negatively affect one’s driving record and place points on your driver’s license. As points accumulate, insurance premiums raise, and your isolated instances of speeding or failing to use a traffic signal can end up costing you even more money on a regular basis. However, when handed a speeding ticket or other traffic citation, there is no need to worry. Hiring an experienced Tampa traffic ticket lawyer can save you time, money, and the headache that comes from worrying about attending court dates and managing sky-rocketing insurance premiums that arise after your driving record becomes flawed.

After you are ticketed, you need quick and effective advice from traffic ticket lawyers who handle these types of infractions on a regular basis. Mustafa Ameen, Esq. and Andrew Shafii Esq. of The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii are available 7 days a week to provide quick and honest feedback about how your ticket should be handled. Their assessment is based on your individual driving record and specific circumstances surrounding your ticket and is designed to ensure that you’re receiving the most efficient representation available. Shortly after retaining our services, you will be notified of your citation’s court date by mail, and your experienced Tampa traffic ticket lawyers will attend court on your behalf. This means your schedule won’t be disrupted and you can rest assured knowing that your interests are being fully represented in your absence. Once your case is resolved, our office will contact you with the outcome of your citation.

For more information about defending traffic tickets, call The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii today for a free consultation at (813) 436-4357 and keep our office in mind for referrals for your family and friends in the future.  In addition to handling Traffic Tickets, Andrew Shafii, Esq. and Mustafa Ameen, Esq. are experienced Tampa Criminal Attorneys and our office specializes in Criminal Defense and Auto Accidents.

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The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii, Criminal Attorneys Law Firm launching a new website

Criminal attorneys in Tampa FLThe Law Office of Ameen and Shafii Anticipate Broader, Stronger Communication with Tampa Bay’s Community through Social Media

The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii, a growing firm with three locations in Tampa, Downtown, Fletcher Ave, and Waters Ave, is launching a diverse social media arsenal to better connect with the Tampa Bay Community.

The firm has recently surfaced on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkeIn, Google Plus, and Instagram. This diverse approach to establishing their presence on social media will serve to broaden their outreach to all ages of the community. Criminal Attorney Andrew Shafii says “We want to be able to tap into younger and middle-aged members of the community who actively participate in social media.” He adds, “We feel it is important to tap into broader markets as an experienced, rising firm in the Tampa Bay area.”

Both attorneys, Andrew Shafii, Esq. and Mustafa Ameen, Esq. are dedicated to providing excellent communication with their clients and believe utilizing social media will contribute to the improvement of their outreach among the Tampa Bay population at large. “Social Media gives us the ability to connect with the community on a larger scale and on a daily basis, said Attorney Ameen, who leads the Personal Injury division of the firm. He continued, “Not only can we disseminate important information to the community, but also address their issues through social media.”

The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii is optimistic about the impact social media will have on the quality and strength of their service to the Tampa Bay area. Attorney Shafii concluded, “We hope to get the word out that if you trust us with your case and family—we will be committed to solving your problems.” Our motto is “Every problem has a solution.”

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St. Petersburg Gives RLC Program the Red Light

Red LightsAfter 3 years in operation, the city of St. Petersburg has decided to put an end to issuing Red Light Camera Tickets by September 30, 2014.

Mayor Rick Kriseman led a 6-2 decision to end the city’s use of their RLC program indefinitely. Their resolution was reached on March 6th, 2014, when after 2 hours, city commissioners concluded they would end their contract with American Traffic Solutions for the usage of their traffic enforcement cameras. Alternatives to the program, such as lengthening the yellow light signal time, have been discussed.

The city’s ultimate goal is to break even on the cost of carrying on the program from 2011 herein. However, it has been made clear by the city council that St. Petersburg’s RLC program will not extend beyond the end of September of this year.

More information about the city’s discontinuance of Red Light Camera tickets can be found at www.stpetecameras.org, where various materials and sources are provided to separate fact from fiction regarding the city’s brief execution of the RLC program in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Author Bio: Morgan Constable

Sources:

 

  1. www.stpete.org
  2. http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/investigations/2014/03/13/2057074/
  3. www.baynews9.com
  4. www.stpetecameras.org
  5. http://www.wfla.com/story/24906313/st-pete-ends-use-of-red-light-cameras
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Can I beat a drug charge even if it was mine?

Can I beat a drug charge even if it was mine?My client was charged with possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed firearm, both third degree felonies. He was facing up to 10 years in the Florida state prison for these charges. After I reviewed the police report, I discovered that the State would be unable to prove the charges against my client. Here is why…when an individual is charged with possession of a drug, the State must prove that they were actually in possession or constructively in possession. Actual possession means exactly what it sounds like, you had it in your hands, pocket, socks. Constructive possession is harder to prove. The State must prove three things 1) You knew the items were drugs 2) You knew where the drugs were located and 3) You had the ability to control the drugs. If you do not admit that the drugs were yours, it is hard for the State to prove the case against you. In this case, my client did not admit that the drugs were his and the State had to drop the cocaine charge. They also ended up dropping the firearms charge for the same reason, he didn’t have it in his possession. If you have a drug charge, call Mustafa Ameen, a Tampa criminal attorney, for a free review of your case.

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If an officer writes the wrong statute number, can my case get dismissed?

scalesTampa police officers write hundreds of citations a month and make a lot of mistakes writing those citations. These mistakes can lead to your case getting dismissed. On March 24th, 2009, my client was driving his vehicle while his license was suspended. The officer charged him with driving while license suspended in Tampa, FL. Immediately after this happened, he called my office and I began to work on his case. After reviewing the citation that he received, I noticed that the officer did not write the subsection for the statute. I pointed this out to the State Attorney, who agreed and dismissed the case. Think you have no chance of winning your case? Think again, call Mustafa Ameen, an experience Tampa criminal lawyer to investigate your case and protect your rights.

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Tampa DUI Attorney Gets Case Dismissed

duiYou’ve been arrested for DUI, should you hire a Tampa DUI attorney? What difference will it make if you know you were guilty anyways, failed the field sobriety exercises, and blew over the legal limit? Here is why you should always hire an experienced DUI attorney….

On December 14th, 2008, my client was arrested for DUI in Hillsborough County, Florida. Officers from the Plant City Police Department received a call of a possible impaired driver in a gray Jeep. When officers arrived to the location, they spotted the gray Jeep and saw it cross over the while line to the right of the travel lane, cross the center lane dividing line, and observed 50% of the vehicle in the oncoming lane of travel. Based on this the officer pulled my client over and had him exit the vehicle. My client agreed to perform field sobriety exercise and he failed. The officers stated that he was unable to perform the exercises and had to stop the exercises for his safety because he was so intoxicated. After being arrested, my client took the breath test and had a result of .121/124, which is more than 50% over the legal limit in Florida.

After reading these facts you might think that he has no shot of winning and will definitely have to plea to a DUI. That’s not always the case. After I received the police reports and did some investigation, I realized that the Plant City Police Department went outside of their jurisdiction to arrest my client. They are allowed only in limited circumstances to follow a driver outside their jurisdiction. In this case, they did not see a crime occur within their jurisdiction and could not stop my client outside their jurisdiction.

After doing some research I found caselaw that supports this position and filed a motion to dismiss the DUI. After a hearing on the issue, the Judge granted my motion to dismiss and my client walked out of the court without a DUI on his record, without probation, and without any court costs.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t think that there are no options. Call me, Mustafa Ameen, Esq., an experienced  Tampa DUI attorney, to discuss your case.

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Tampa Driving Under the Influence Case Dismissed

dismissOn March 25th, 2009 my client was arrested for driving under the influence in Tampa, FL. The officer alleged that my client ran a red light, almost strike the curb of the median, drifting in and out of the lane, and slow to respond to the officer’s lights to pull over. When the officer asked my client to exit the vehicle, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car. He noticed that my client was unsteady, staggering while walking, and swaying. The officer asked my client to conduct filed sobriety exercises, which he stated showed clues of impairment. My client was then arrested and taken to jail.

I was able to convince the State Attorney to drop the Driving Under the Influence charge because he could not prove what my client was impaired by. The alcohol breath test in the case came back negative. However, the officers also requested a urine sample which was not analyzed in time. Based on this information, the State Attorney agreed with my assertion and dismissed the DUI charge.

If you get charged with a DUI call Tampa DUI Attorney Mustafa Ameen immediately to protect your rights.

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Tampa Street Racing Case Dismissed

racePleading guilty to a street racing charge can have serious consequences on your life. A street racing charge is a first degree misdemeanor (up to one year in jail), that will result in a minimum fine of $500 (maximum of $1000) and a mandatory suspension of your drivers license for one full year. A second offense will lead to a 2 year license suspension.

How can you beat a racing charge?
The racing statute is very specific. The language of the statute requires the officer to be able to specifically describe the conduct. Simply driving fast with your friends is not considered racing. There must be a starting point and ending point during the race. In most situations, individuals are simply driving fast in groups, this is not racing.

In Tampa court today, my client was charged with street racing. He stated that he was not racing; he was just following his friend’s vehicle. The officer stated that he observed the two vehicles “racing” and pulled both over and charged them with racing. I set his case for trial and we ready to have a trial, however, the Hillsborough State Attorney dismissed the case before trial.

If you are charged with racing on highway the consequences are serious and you need to hire an attorney who knows the law. Contact my office 24/7 to discuss your Tampa criminal street racing case.

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Pinellas County Violation of Probation Dismissed

vopbIt was alleged that my client’s probation was violated for picking up a new charge of criminal mischief and not paying his fines. Even though these seem like small issues, they had serious consequences. My client was facing 58.13 months to 25 years in prison for this violation! As I discussed in an earlier post, this is proof even the smallest VOP can lead to serious prison time. He was being held on no bond and had to wait over a month for his next court date. However, I was able to convince the Judge to allow him to bond out at the bond hearing. The Judge allowed a bond and my client was able to get back to his family and work the next day. The new offense for criminal mischief was dropped by the State Attorney’s Office. I was able to get a certified copy of this from the clerk’s office showing the dismissal and advised my client to get the outstanding money paid. He did this and I brought copies of everything to the Judge for the hearing. After the Judge reviewed all the information, I requested that he dismiss the violation, which he did. My client did not have to do any jail or additional conditions on probation.

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What can happen if I violate my probation?

vopViolations of probation (VOP) hearings are serious matters that require a well thought out explanation to the Judge. The reason these hearings are so important is that the consequences are serious. Usually, you are looking serious jail or prison time if you have violated your probation.

The 2 Types of Violations
Technical Violation – Not reporting for probation, failing urine test, not paying fines.
Substantive Violation – You are charged with a new criminal offense while on probation.

There are usually three outcomes with VOP hearings.

Jail/Prison – If you have committed serious substantive violations or multiple technical violations, the Judge will probably give you some type of jail sentence or prison time if you do not have a good reason or defense to the new allegations.

Additional Conditions – The Judge may modify your probation and add additional conditions, such as more treatment or additional community service hours.

Dismiss the Violation – If you have a valid defense or very good excuse to the VOP, then they judge may decide to dismiss the violation altogether.

The bottom line here is that you should never try to address the Judge by yourself without discussing your VOP with an attorney. There are several things you can do from the time the VOP had been issued to your actual hearing date. These help to mitigate your sentence that the Judge will be imposing.

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