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Texting and Driving in Florida, One Year Later

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Dec 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

        Florida's revised texting and driving statute has now been enforced for almost one year now. While statistics have not been released yet, (hopefully) a reduced number of distracted drivers on the roadway, traffic crashes and incidents involving pedestrians has also reflected a similar dow...

Restraining Orders in Florida: Uses and Abuses

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Florida law provides that a person who has been the victim of domestic violence or is in "immediate danger" of becoming a victim of domestic violence can obtain an injunction to keep the threatening person away from the victim, whether at home, work or in public. Injunctions typically prohibit co...

E-Scooters Come to the Streets of St. Petersburg

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Nov 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month the growing phenomenon of "E-Scooters" will descend upon the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. According to regulations recently passed by the St. Petersburg City Council they will only be seen on the streets. In an effort to promote safety - and learning from the growing pa...

Zoom: The New Normal for Depositions

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Nov 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrecked havoc upon the court system nationwide, as in-person dockets have been postponed or eliminated, jury trials have been cancelled at least through the end of 2020, and both the civil and criminal discovery process has been slowed significantly. In response, the Flo...

The "Eggshell Plaintiff" Rule in Florida

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Nov 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently I was putting together a settlement demand for a client who had been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident for which she required extensive treatment, including surgery. Her concern was that since she had been hurt in an accident many years ago as a child, that her current health...

Florida PIP Law Reform: Consumers Lose Again

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Apr 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

After repeated lobbying of the Florida Legislature for the past four or five years, the insurance industry finally got the “PIP reform” bill they wanted passed. The resulting legislation will undoubtedly be cause for celebration in the boardrooms of “Big Insurance” at the expense of Florida's ins...

Florida Drug Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Jul 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

On July 28,2011, Federal Judge Mary Scriven of the Middle District of Florida ruled, in the case of Shelton v. Florida Department of Corrections, that all Florida state laws prohibiting the sale use and/or possession of illegal drugs per Florida Statute 893 are unconstitutional. Crimes are classi...

Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine and the Graves Amendment (or the “Federal Car Rental Business Relief” Act )

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Mar 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

As I discussed in an earlier post, motor vehicles have previously been deemed to be a “dangerous instrumentality” by numerous previous rulings of the Florida courts. As as result, I issued the warning that private automobile owners must be particularly careful when entrusting their vehicle to ano...

No Contact Orders : Not a “Two Way” Street

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Jan 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

In my criminal practice, I have been hired to represent clients who have been charged with both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges. In every case , regardless of the merits of the “victim's” allegations, Florida law prohibits the Defendant from having any contact with the victim, ex...

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