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Why December Can be a Bad Month in Orlando for Car Accidents

If there’s one thing about the Orlando area in December, it’s that tourists, both foreign and domestic, love the region. They flock here for Central Florida’s theme parks, holiday attractions, and the tropical t-shirt weather. Not surprisingly, as thousands of people arrive, local roads get congested, particularly the highways. With many of the visitors unfamiliar …

Have Ex-Felons Had Their Rights to Vote Fully Restored in Florida?

Last year, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4, a ballot measure to restore the right to vote to 1.4 million ex-felons who have repaid their debts to society but never had their voting rights restored. As one of just three states in the U.S. that bans convicts from voting for life, a …

3 Things to Know Before Visiting a Florida Inmate

If you have a friend or a loved one in a Florida correctional facility, you might have some questions about what it’s like going to visit them. Visiting a correctional facility isn’t something most people do very often, so it might feel a bit intimidating. But taking the time to visit that friend or loved …

5 Thanksgiving Safe Driving Tips for 2019

On Thanksgiving weekend, families all over the country will be driving to see their families. It’s the beginning of “the most wonderful time of the year.” And along with that, of course, it can be the heaviest time of the year for traffic.  AAA reported that for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, more than 55 million …

Rideshare Users Face Challenges when Reporting Sexual Assault

Imagine that you’re working for the gig economy as a rideshare driver to make ends meet. You already have a full-time job, but your student loan debt takes most of your paycheck, putting you in a position where you need an additional source of income to keep yourself afloat. Taking people where they need to …

Customs Agent Seizes $72k in Cash at Orlando Airport

In late October, Orlando International Airport seized $72,000 in cash from a traveler’s backpack. The traveler came through the airport but failed to report any amount of cash in his possession to customs. Once the sizeable stash was discovered, U.S. customs agents gave the offender multiple opportunities to report the currency. During the investigation, however, …

Theme Park Employees and Former Educator Face Child Pornography Charges

On Friday, November 8, the Computer Crimes Unit of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17 men on child pornography charges. Among those arrested were two Disney employees and a former Florida educator. The sting was named “Operation Guardians of Innocence: Fall Haul.” According to Polk Sheriff Grady Judd, “The people arrested during this operation …

Florida-Based Cruise Line Convicted of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a rapidly-growing problem that’s having a disastrous impact on our environment. In 2017, the world’s largest cruise line made national headlines for allegedly committing severe environmental violations involving the illegal disposal of waste and other atrocities. U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz published a 205-page report detailing more than 800 incidents and …

Cruise Line Youth Host Charged with Molesting Child

Earlier this year, a cruise youth host was charged with child molestation. According to the 10-year-old victim and surveillance footage, the 24-year old defendant fondled the boy while playing a game in the kids’ club on the cruise. Once charged, the Defendant admitted to fondling the boy during the game and his case will be …

How a Misdemeanor Offense Can Change your Life

Imagine you’re walking down a busy street in the middle of the day and decide to cross when a spot clears up before reaching a designated crosswalk. It’s hot out, and the next light isn’t for another few blocks because the city you’re in was built for cars, with long stretches between intersections. As you’re …
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