Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner and for most people that means celebrating with friends and family, getting away from work and other responsibilities over the holiday weekend, and traveling to and from destinations. This is a memorable, leisurely time of year, but if your celebrations involve alcohol there are a few things you should remember. Holiday weekends increase the prevalence of DUI checkpoints and subsequently—the amount of those charged with DUIs all over the United States. The experienced DUI attorneys at The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii want you to have a safe, stress-free holiday weekend. Here are a few helpful tips from Attorney Andrew Shafii regarding how you can avoid getting into legal trouble this holiday weekend:

#5. BE COOPERATIVE WITH THE POLICE IF YOU ARE STOPPED.

Police officers serve a purpose. Ultimately, their aim is to keep you safe and keep the peace. Be respectful and responsive to their questions, but remember to protect your own rights as well.

#4. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY OFFER INFORMATION.

Answer questions and be polite, but DO NOT offer information about your activities. This includes telling the officer how many drinks you’ve consumed. This is not necessary, so keep it brief.

#3. KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL INTERACTIONS WITH THE POLICE MAY BE AUDIO RECORDED OR VIDEO TAPED.

This works to your advantage and disadvantage. This ensures that police officers are working within the scope of their authority and not unnecessarily violating you in any way. However, audio and video recordings can be used against you to pursue charges. Speak and act accordingly.

#2. DO NOT ALWAYS REFUSE THE EXERCISES OR BREATH TEST. SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT REFUSALS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA CONSTITUTE A CRIMINAL OFFENSE AND COULD RESULT IN YOU SUBJECTING YOURSELF TO MORE TROUBLE THAT NECESSARY.

This tip directly correlates with number 5, which advises you to cooperate with police officers if stopped. Avoid confrontation and any behaviors that could be interpreted as insubordinate.  If you fear that the results may incriminate you, sort out the details with an experienced DUI attorney.

#1. LIMIT YOUR CONSUMPTION AND APPOINT DESIGNATED DRIVERS!

Have a few beverages in moderation and avoid compromising your reputation, freedom, and occupation.  Maintaining your ability to exercise good judgment is crucial! If you feel like you’ve had too many drinks, then appoint a trusted friend to get behind the wheel.  Don’t risk your livelihood over a weekend of fun! Enjoy your holiday.

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Arrested for a Tampa DUI, how you can beat the case.

DUI attorneyBeing arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can have a devastating effect on your family, career, and future.  Recently, Florida House of Representative Dane Eagle resolved his DUI charge and was able to get the DUI reduced to a lesser charge of reckless driving.  Because he was able to get a reduction, he was able to avoid a DUI conviction on his record, a 6 month license suspension, and other court sanctions.

A Tampa DUI lawyer like Ameen & Shafii can help reduce or eliminate these consequences.  We conduct a throughout investigation of the police report to identify inconsistencies and mistakes.  In addition to the report, many Tampa DUI cases have videos from the officer’s vehicle.  An experience Tampa DUI lawyer like Ameen & Shafii have watched thousands of videos and know what the State Attorney is looking for and what the defense should identify as weaknesses in the case.  If you took a breath test, we will also analyze the machine and pull monthly logs to determine if it was ever out of service or had testing issues.  Hiring the lawyers at Ameen & Shafii, who are experienced former prosecutors, to defend your Tampa DUI case can be the difference between winning and losing your case.

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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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