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October 2013 Archives

Florida Law Governing Juvenile Bullies who Behave Criminally

In recent years, the media has devoted a great deal of attention to the subject of bullying. Research indicates that bullying can have a devastating effect on those who are targeted. In addition, bullying behavior can scar those who target others as well. It is important for Florida parents to teach their children to refrain from bullying not only because it is cruel but also because such behavior can lead to criminal charges.

FDA Cracking Down on Unprescribed Hydrocodone

The FDA is urging tighter restrictions on Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that is found in prescribed drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and Norco. The FDA wants to reclassify Hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug like oxycodone and morphine. By reclassifying them, the government is hoping they will be harder to obtain legally and illegally. Doctors would no longer be able to call in a prescription to the pharmacy. Instead, the consumer must go to the pharmacy with a prescription in writing.

Parents: Don't Let a Battery Charge Ruin Your Kid's Future

On September 20, 2013 a fight broke out between two eighth graders that attend Palmer High School. A 13-year-old was charged with assault and battery after allegedly choking a fellow classmate (age 13) on high school grounds. The suspect held the victim in a choke hold for 12 seconds causing him to fall unconsciously to the ground. The victim was taken to the hospital for an evaluation of the possible injuries and the suspect was released to his mother, and was scheduled to juvenile court to address the charges. Battery and assaults occur in high school far more common than people tend to think. Sometimes these cases go unnoticed and are seen as a joke; however other times these situations are prosecuted by the state and have serious consequences to the Defendant. 

Should I Get a Lawyer For a Driving While License Suspended Charge?

I get this question all the time. As a lawyer who makes money from representing people you would be surprised if I said anything else wouldn't you? The truth is you do not NEED a lawyer and you can do it yourself! Sure if your license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket and you are able to reinstate your license it is highly unlikely that you will face jail time and you may want to save yourself money and avoid hiring a lawyer. Just go to court and more than likely all the judge will do in many cases is make you pay a fine!

Anti-Texting Law in Florida Now in Effect

On October 1, 2013 a new law in Florida has taken effect banning texting for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication while driving your car, truck or other motor vehicle. The texting ban statute includes all of the behavior you CAN NOT do while driving but also sets forth so many exceptions, it will make your head swivel. Before we even go there can anyone tell me:

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