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The Importance of Record Sealing and Expunging

LogoIf an employer is deciding for a job between two equally eligible candidates, the decision to choose one over the other could be due to factors such as a criminal background. With countless people out of work at the moment and searching for new prospects, there could be more candidates vying for the same position, emphasizing the value of sealing or expunging one's record.

Maintaining a Minimum Driving Speed

LogoDrivers traveling on the Florida roadways are supposed to stay in the right lane to ensure better traffic flow if they are traveling at a slow rate of speed. In practical terms, most drivers don't follow this rule. What happens if a driver goes far below the speed limit that was posted? Will they need to have a minimum speed?

Florida's Texting While Driving Law Is in Full Effect

LogoFlorida police have provided drivers with alerts and information about the new hands-free law updates since October of last year. Nonetheless, the "grace period" warning is over, allowing police to issue tickets in certain areas for anyone found driving with a hands-free mobile device in their possession.

Florida's Texting While Driving Law Exceptions

LogoFlorida’s upgraded texting while driving laws have remained in effect since last month. With the new laws, law enforcement officers can issue drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are potential scenarios that may arise requiring the use of a phone without the intention to text and drive.

A Low BAC May Still Result in a Florida Arrest

LogoMiami, FL – When a person receives a DUI conviction, people may think it means that the offender’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was at least 0.08 percent or more. Is it still possible to be charged, however, if the driver’s BAC remains below the legal limit? Let's go into this issue a little deeper.

Restrictions on School Zone Cell Phone Use

LogoThe new laws mean drivers may need some time to adjust. For example, parents with school-age children may be used to using their phones while they await their child in the pick-up line, to communicate with them for example. Unless the parent is using a hands-free solution, holding the phone while in the pick-up line would be illegal.

Dealing with a Teenager's Traffic Ticket

LogoPaying a violation tends to be a default option, particularly if it's a moving violation. However, this may result in points on the license and it will likely lead to a more expensive insurance premium. If it is a non-moving violation, then paying the ticket makes more sense. The fines are minor and they often don't involve points being added to a driver's license.

Traveling Through a Florida School Zone

LogoSchool zone speeding is a serious offense, which means penalties are strict if drivers are caught breaking the law. A driver may receive a fine of more than $1,000 based on how fast they were speeding through the school zone. Furthermore, they may receive points on their driving record, including six points and a possible license suspension if the driver causes an accident while in the school zone.

Solutions to Stop Using a Phone While Driving

LogoFlorida texting while driving law is now effect, and drivers may find themselves unintentionally using their phone to send a message. Breaking the habit may prove tricky, but tools are available to help.

Florida Driver Licenses Receive Security Upgrades

LogoSome of the new security changes being implemented in the new licenses include a tactile security feature located on the front of the license. The magnetic strip typically seen on the back of the card is no longer there.