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Law Offices of Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan, P.A.
Pinellas County, Florida
Attorneys Marc Pelletier & Tim Sullivan Handle DUI & Criminal Defense Cases Arising Out of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.
Interests: pinellas county criminal justice system, florida criminal law, dui defense, hardship driver's licenses & dhsmv issues, felony and misdemeanor charges in st. petersburg / clearwater, violation of probation, outstanding warrants
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Your body processes an illegal drug or a medication in the same manner it processes any other substance, such as food or water. Everything that enters your body must go through the same biological steps of metabolism until the substance... Continue reading
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The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) uses a classification system that takes into consideration many different factors in arriving at a Custody Assessment and Reclassification System (CARS) "score." This score is used to assign a person to one of five... Continue reading
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In years past, law enforcement officers enjoyed an unquestioned reputation for hard work, fairness and honesty. They were recognized for a very high standard of conduct and for the most part, the public perceived them as beyond reproach. Television reinforced... Continue reading
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In years past, law enforcement officers enjoyed an unquestioned reputation for hard work, fairness and honesty. They were recognized for a very high standard of conduct and for the most part, the public perceived them as beyond reproach. Television reinforced... Continue reading
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Our office previously wrote an in-depth article about the Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program that went operational on October 17th, 2016. The new program enables individuals who commit twelve different misdemeanor offenses to avoid a formal arrest and a... Continue reading
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Why am I Being Asked to Participate in APAD? If you have received a “Notice of Referral” and have been requested to report within 48 hours to the Pinellas County Jail on 49th Street in Clearwater, it is because you... Continue reading
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The results of a polygraph or “lie detector” examination are normally not admissible in Florida courtrooms. If the results from this machine were admissible as evidence, this would circumvent the responsibility of a jury who is charged with the duty... Continue reading
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No one ever wakes up in the morning and decides to commit a DUI offense. This criminal charge is somewhat unique to most illegal conduct because the prosecutor need not prove “Mens Rea” or “specific intent.” A DUI arrest typically... Continue reading
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Our office routinely represents Pinellas County clients who are charged with Disorderly Conduct or Disorderly Intoxication. We have also regularly helped clients charged with battery on a licensed security officer who may be referred to as a “Bouncer.” These incidents... Continue reading
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Let’s get one thing straight up front. These sting operations generate far better press coverage for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office than any other alleged criminal activity. Law enforcement officers get to parade around a stage that has been decorated... Continue reading
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For nearly three decades the lawyers in our office have been engaged in the sealing and expungement of criminal records arising out of Pinellas County. During that time period, the laws have changed, as have the procedures for seeking this... Continue reading
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Many of our clients charged with solicitation to commit prostitution are often first time offenders. It is understandable that they experience significant stress associated with their recent law enforcement encounter. These clients also undergo a great deal of uncertainty in... Continue reading
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In September of 2014, the United States Justice Department awarded a $750,000 grant to the Florida Department of Corrections to fund the SMART Re-entry Probation Program. Tucked into this grant money was a provision that enabled a new program whereby... Continue reading
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Pinellas County Judges are subject to being transferred to new courtrooms and new assignments, twice each calendar year. These changes typically take effect shortly after the first of each calendar year and again on July1st. Pursuant to Administrative Order No.... Continue reading
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If you have recently been arrested for a first time DUI offense in Pinellas county, it is perfectly natural to feel a sense of uncertainty. You might also be tempted to quickly resolve your case so that you can put... Continue reading
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Operation PAR has a stellar reputation for providing valuable counseling services associated with alcohol and drug addiction. On April 17th, 2015 The Law firm of Russo & Russo was honored at the “2015 Poetic Justice Gala” event at the Sirata... Continue reading
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Non lawyers are often confused when it comes to legal terminology. You could be facing a Florida criminal offense (misdemeanors or felony.) In the alternative, it might be a traffic ticket. Regardless of the charge, many people believe that if... Continue reading
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In every Florida DUI or DUI Manslaughter case, there must be proof of “driving” or “actual physical control.” If a police officer or another witness is able to identify you as the individual who moved the vehicle (however short the... Continue reading
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If you have been involved in a Pinellas county vehicular accident that resulted in a fatality, you could be facing the threat of an impending arrest for DUI Manslaughter. These types of cases often entail hospital or legal blood draws.... Continue reading
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One of the legal strategies we sometimes employ when defending clients accused of a DUI Manslaughter charge is the element of “causation.” In other words, was the cause of the accident our client’s fault, or can we demonstrate another “intervening... Continue reading
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In order to aggressively defend your Pinellas county DUI Manslaughter charge, it is important that we look to the areas of pharmacology and toxicology. We will want to carefully examine the blood evidence that was collected and analyzed in your... Continue reading
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The felony criminal offense of DUI Manslaughter has been “on the books” in Florida for over 90 years. Florida’s DUI Manslaughter Statute imposes what is known in the law as “strict liability.” In other words, the prosecutor is not required... Continue reading
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A recently published Southwestern Law Review article provides an insightful look into the incongruity of Florida's pro-gun "stand your ground" legislation and its "tough on crime" 10-20-Life firearm sentencing enhancements. Author Anna Heller argues that the two laws cannot properly... Continue reading
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Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed that the number of deaths in the United States caused by painkiller medications dropped for the first time since 1999. The decrease is attributed to a crackdown in... Continue reading
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When you are looking for someone to provide a service, nothing beats getting a referral from someone who has been in your same shoes. In the case of hiring a lawyer for your particular legal problem, qualifications and experience can... Continue reading