Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law

September 30th, 2013 | Posted in In The News

As of October 1, 2013, it will be illegal to text while driving in the State of Florida. This year the Governor signed the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.” According to the statute, “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device.” A person may also not operate a motor vehicle while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of non-voice communication, including communication such as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging. A first offense, will be a nonmoving violation with a fine of $30 dollars .

If you’re ticketed a second time for the same offense within five years of the prior incident, the penalty will be a moving violation punishable by a $60 dollar fine. Furthermore, if you’re involved in an accident, law enforcement can subpoena your phone records and six points will be added to your driver’s license if you are found guilty.

The law makes texting and driving a secondary offense which means you cannot be pulled over for violating this law. The officer has to pull you over for something else other than texting. A violation of this law for the first time will cost you thirty dollars.

To Read Senate Bill 52, click here.

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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

July 13th, 2013 | Posted in In The News

George Zimmerman has been acquitted of all charges in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

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FHP: When visibility is low, drive slow!

November 26th, 2012 | Posted in In The News

If you paid attention to the news over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend you likely heard about the 140-car pileup on I-10 in Texas. This should also serve as a reminder we’ve had two similar incidents in Florida recently.

Earlier this month the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a statement about driving in low visibility conditions. We would like to share their statement to raise awareness.  Please, if it is smokey or foggy slow down on roads and highways. “When visibility is low, drive slow!”

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FHP Encourages Holiday Travelers to Buckle Up

November 21st, 2012 | Posted in In The News

FHP Holiday Press ReleaseThanksgiving is a peak travel time. The increase in travel also means there is a need for more law enforcement on our roadways. The Florida Highway Patrol is encouraging everyone to buckle up, drive sober, and eliminate distractions while driving.

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Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in In The News

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes managed to hammer out the terms of their divorce in a matter of days. It goes to show when you try your hardest to work things out (even in less than desireable times) the outcome can be great. It would appear Tom and Katie came to an agreement to avoid a long court battle and to put the best interest of their daughter, Suri, first.

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Orange County Courthouse Elevators

June 21st, 2012 | Posted in In The News

Starting today, if you go to the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida you will likely notice the typical push button elevator ride you are accustom to is a bit more fancy now.  The courthouse has conducted a $1.2 million upgrade for a solution and product called Destination Dispatch to eliminate long wait times for the elevators.  Research suggests this new system of assigning people to elevators is much cheaper than adding elevators to the existing structure of the courthouse.

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Alec Baldwin scuffles with paparazzi photographer

June 21st, 2012 | Posted in In The News

The response from the attorney was that the allegations were of assault. However, the victim stated that Mr. Baldwin punched him and made physical contact with his face after the paparazzo tried to take a photo of Mr. Baldwin and his fiancé Hilaria Thomas leaving a New York City Marriage License Bureau. Legally, there is a difference between assault and battery.

An assault is only a threat. It is the threat of use of force that causes a person to have a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact. In contrast, a battery is the use of force against another resulting in harmful or offensive contact. A battery can be aggravated, such as when using a deadly weapon, sexual in nature, or a simple battery as defined above.

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The George Zimmerman Case

May 10th, 2012 | Posted in Articles, Criminal Law, In The News

The George Zimmerman Case: The Foreseeable Outcome to a Dangerous Equation

It is easy and convenient to blame George Zimmerman for the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old who Mr. Zimmerman mistook for a potential criminal.  After all, George Zimmerman chose to arm himself with a handgun when he decided to patrol his neighborhood looking for would-be criminals.  He spotted Trayvon Martin and assumed that Trayvon was a potential criminal.  He ended up shooting and killing Trayvon, who was not armed and not doing anything wrong.  Read more..

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Florida Crime Rate Lowest in 41 Years

April 30th, 2012 | Posted in In The News

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report shows that Florida’s crime rate is the lowest in 41 years.  Although, a few numbers increased here and there for some areas of the state, Florida’s crime rate has consistently dropped for the last two decades and continues to decrease annually.

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Physicist Uses Expertise to Beat Traffic Ticket

April 20th, 2012 | Posted in In The News

A physics teacher in Southern California beat a $400 traffic ticket by using his knowledge of linear and angular motion.

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