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Don't Underestimate The Driver's License Laws in Florida

While it can be easy to broadly proclaim that you would never consider getting behind the wheel without a valid driver's license under any circumstances, it's important to remember that things aren't always so cut and dried.

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:

Each Traffic Stop Holds Potential Harm

When you have someone who does not respect the system that is designed to protect the citizens in Orlando, then they are subject to the consequences. On Tuesday, 23 year old, Demetrius Patterson was denied bond after shooting an Orlando police officer in the abdomen after being pulled over for reckless driving in the Washington Shores area. Officer Jason Hajek was working the graveyard shift as he typically does, when he pulled over the vehicle with Patterson and another passenger. Patterson opened fire on Officer Hajek, shooting him in the abdomen. Hajek returned with a shot that hit the defendant's foot, and as he was calling for back-up as the vehicle took off. Patterson was found and arrested at his cousin's house, which was near the shooting location. Any shift that a police officer is out in the public is potentially dangerous. Fortunately, Officer Hajek escaped serious injury that night from the shot in the abdomen. Patterson used a 44-caliber pistol, which sent the bullet between the slight gap in the officer's vest and his gun belt. The bullet was removed at ORMC, and Hajek is now resting comfortably.

Texting While Driving Increasing in Severity

A bill introducing a ban on driving while texting has received bipartisan support as it passed its first hurdle on the way to becoming law in the state of Florida. For some lawmakers in Florida, simply issuing a citation or traffic ticket for texting while driving is not enough when there have been reported accidents because of texting negligence that have resulted in deaths. In such cases, some Florida politicians are calling for a charge of vehicular homicide to be introduced when drivers causing accidents are known to have been texting. This comes with a close regard to the fact that many studies have shown drivers engaged in texting are more oblivious to their surroundings on the road than those impaired by drugs or alcohol that are behind the wheel.

State Court Ruling Jeopardizes Millions of Dollars in Fines

Many drivers throughout the state of Florida have gone to their mailboxes and received an unwelcome surprise - a ticket for running a red light with their image captured on film. The resulting fines have resulted in millions of dollars in income across the state. In 2010, a law was passed permitting the cameras. This is an issue we've discussed in two previous blogs, Red Light Skepticism and Are Red Light Cameras Here to Stay? However, the city is now appealing a case that challenges the fines from the cameras before the law was revised. An attorney for the city of Orlando, Florida, David King, reported that an appellate case before the state Supreme Court could jeopardize millions of dollars in fines. King explained that if the city loses the appeal, they will need to return all the monies collected from the fines. The case does not affect monies collected after the legalization of the cameras. The city is fighting the case and hopes that the state judges will uphold the legality of the red-light cameras prior to 2010. The ruling will not impact fines collected after the law was implemented.

Florida Bill Would Give a Second Chance to Juveniles

child hands in handcuffsSince we here at the Umansky Law Firm in Orlando build our criminal defense  practice around the concept of second chances, the new bill being called "The Second Chance for Children Act," currently being discussed by the State Senate captured our attention. State Senator Mike Bennett is responsible for this bill and spoke passionately at a recent Senate hearing about the second chance extended to him as a youth. Hanging with the wrong crowd, Bennett repeatedly landed himself in court for such violations as under-aged drinking, fighting and "general hell-raising." The judge at the time, Lynn Silvertooth, threw Bennett a life-line. He insisted the young man join the military and be out of town within two weeks, "or else." Bennett joined the navy and never looked back.

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