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Texting While Driving Remains a Secondary Traffic Offense in Florida

Forty-three states in the United States make texting while driving a primary offense. Florida is not one of them. In Florida, texting behind the wheel is regarded as a secondary offense, meaning that a person caught texting may face a citation only when he is pulled over for a primary traffic violation. Many residents and …

First Gun Restrictions in Florida in More Than 20 Years

The country’s deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook continues to draw national attention over a month later. The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which took the lives of 17 people in Parkland, Florida occurred on Valentine’s Day, yet has not faded from our news. Though previous shootings have taken more lives, Marjory Stoneman …

Things to Know for a Successful Truck Accident Claim

Large commercial trucks often crowd Florida’s major highways and city streets. From delivery trucks to gasoline tanker trucks, these heavy vehicles often pose a risk to drivers of passenger vehicles. Large trucks typically weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, whereas today’s standard car weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. When a large truck strikes a passenger vehicle, …

Ex-Felons in Florida May Regain Voting Rights

Convicted felons face an array of obstacles after they pay their dues to society. Although rehabilitating offenders is one of the prison system’s four primary objectives, there are few resources available to support ex-offenders reintegrating into society. Part of living in a society is being able to make use of your civil rights, yet those …

8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Pickup Truck in Central Florida

Orlando police investigated an accident involving a pickup truck driver and an eight-year-old boy on a bicycle. The truck driver struck and killed the boy on a Wednesday afternoon near Conway Road and Michigan Street. The driver stopped and collaborated with law enforcement. It is unclear whether he faces charges at this time. The accident …

Central FL Police Arresting Teens over School Threats

After a highly-publicized attack like the Parkland shooting, reports of school violence threats can surge to fifty or more per day all across the country, according to the Educator’s School Safety Network. High-profile attacks like these often encourage impressionable students to threaten to take actions similar to those carried out by the recently-spotlighted gunman. Just …

Concealed Carry Restrictions in Florida

Police throughout the state are on high alert regarding citizens carrying concealed weapons. It is a serious offense to unlawfully carry a concealed weapon; if you do not have a permit that allows you to carry a concealed weapon, you could face criminal consequences if police discover weapons on your person. “Concealing” a weapon in …

First-Time DUI Offenders Can Waive Formal Review Hearings

Those who have their license suspended following a DUI arrest in Orlando are no longer required to request a formal review hearing. New legislation allows DUI offenders to waive the formal review hearing and apply immediately for a hardship license. Those who face first-time DUI charges and meet certain standards can receive a hardship license …

New Law Proposal Would Give Judges More Discretion in Sentencing

The Florida Legislature is considering a bill brought forth by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg which seeks to provide judges more discretion when issuing a sentence for drug trafficking. As of today, anyone caught trafficking drugs in Florida faces a minimum sentence of three years imprisonment. Whether the defendant is a regular trafficker or …

Escambia County Leads the Nation in Charging Juveniles as Adults

More kids in Florida wind up in adult prisons than in any other state. That’s because in Florida, more kids are prosecuted as adults for felony crimes. Within the state, one county stands out in particular for sending the highest proportion of juveniles to the adult court system: Escambia County in the Florida panhandle. From …

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