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Do I Have to Consent to a Search of My Vehicle?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

You are driving along Magnolia Avenue in Orlando when you see those red and blue sirens start to flash. A police officer is pulling you over. Are you required to consent to a search of your vehicle? This is a frequently asked question and an important one. In general, police need to obtain a… Read More »

The Elements and Possible Consequences of Reemployment Assistance Fraud

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Florida has a Reemployment Assistance Program that allows qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own to receive temporary, partial wage replacement benefits. This program is funded through federal and state employers who pay annual federal and state payroll taxes and qualified workers do not need to pay anything to receive… Read More »

Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License in Florida

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Oftentimes when an individual has their license suspended, this does not mean they stop driving. Typically drivers still need to get around for work or pleasure and they risk getting caught so they can still have access to transportation. However, getting caught driving with a suspended license can have consequences graver than these people… Read More »

In an Accident? Don’t Leave the Scene

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

In all the advice you may have heard or read about what to do when you are involved in an auto accident, there is one thing to keep in mind.  It is a crime to leave the scene.  According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 180 people were… Read More »

Florida’s DUI Laws

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involves an alcohol-impaired driver.  The CDC reports that in Florida, between 2003 and 2012, 8476 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.  Florida law treats driving under the influence (DUI) as a serious… Read More »

Assault and Battery Under Florida Law

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Many people mistakenly assume that assault and battery are essentially the same thing, but they are not.  Under Florida law, they are two distinct crimes with separate elements, but both are potentially severe charges that can lead to hefty fines, prison time, or both.  Read on to learn more about these common criminal charges…. Read More »

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