Switch to ADA Accessible Website
Orlando Criminal Lawyer
call for a free
consultation

Florida April 2019 Legislative Update: Wireless Devices In Florida

LadyJustice2

Below, we discuss two important legislative updates in Florida: One that involves interfering with Amendment 4 by forcing ex-felons to pay fees before having their voting rights restored, and the other which criminalizes certain activities involving wireless devices in certain areas of Florida.

House Passes Legislation Effectively Disenfranchising Ex-Felons in Spite of Amendment 4

The Florida House took additional steps to finalize its March 19 legislation and interfere with the voting rights of felons by passing a bill in late April that would only restore these voting rights pursuant to Amendment 4 on the condition that they first to pay all fees, fines, and court costs before getting these rights back.

While those in support of the legislation claim that the fees are part of completing the ex-felons sentences, those opposed argue that it effectively disenfranchises felons and blatantly ignores the will of the millions of Floridians who voted in favor of Amendment 4. Amendment 4 allowed certain convicted ex-felons who had completed their sentences to vote; with the exception of anyone convicted of a felony sex offense or murder. The House bill effectively adds a payment of all fines, fees, and court costs onto the definition of completing their sentences.

A companion bill has already been approved by the Senate Rules Committee in the Florida Senate, but has not yet been brought to a vote in front of the full Florida Senate. It also makes the restoration of voting rights to ex-felons conditional on full payment of restitution. The Florida legislative session ends on May 3, providing a little more than a week for the Florida Senate to vote on the companion bill.

Florida Senate Criminalizes Using Wireless Devices in Certain Areas of FloridaMeanwhile, also in late April, the Senate passed legislation banning the use of any wireless devices in school and work zones. This is the closest that Florida has come to effectively allowing police to pull people over for using wireless devices while they are driving. Currently, officers can only cite drivers for this offense if they have already pulled them over for another reason, such as speeding.

If the bill passes the Florida House and is signed by the Governor, it will go into effect as of July 1. It is difficult to anticipate how the House will react to the Senate’s watered down version of its bill, as, also in late April, it passed much stronger legislation that criminalizes texting while driving everywhere in Florida; making it a primary offense.

Contact Our Florida Civil Rights Attorneys to Find Out More

If you live in Florida and your civil rights have been blatantly violated, contact our Orlando civil rights attorneys at the Baez Law Firm today to find out how we can help.

Resource:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/25/politics/florida-amendment-4-voting-rights-felons/index.html

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
Miami

Miami Office

1200 Brickell Avenue #620
Miami, FL 33131
Office: 305-999-5100
Fax: 305-999-5111
Orlando

Orlando Office

23 South Osceola Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Office: 407-705-2626
Fax: 407-705-2625

Email Us

Fields Marked * Are required

Captcha Image

DISCLAIMER: Completing and submitting this form or otherwise merely contacting The Baez Law Firm or any individual at the firm will not establish an attorney/client relationship. Our firm cannot represent you until we determine that there would be no conflict of interest and that we are otherwise able to accept representation of your case. Please do not send any information or documents until a formal attorney/client relationship has been established through an interview with an attorney and you have been given authorization in the form of an engagement letter with The Baez Law Firm. Any information or documents sent via this form or otherwise prior to your receipt of an engagement letter will not be treated as confidences, secrets, or protected information of any nature. Submitting information regarding your potential case will not bar The Baez Law Firm from representing or continuing to represent a person or entity whose interest are adverse to your in condition with your case.

DISCLAIMER: This website contains information about The Baez Law Firm that includes testimonial statements from persons who are familiar with the firm's services. The testimonials shown are not necessarily representative of every person's experience with us. Testimonials from every client are not provided. As no two situations or persons are identical, the facts and circumstances of your situation may differ from those for which testimonials are shown. This website also includes information about some of the past results that we have obtained for our clients. Not all results are provided, and the results shown are not necessarily representative of all results obtained by us. No two situation are exactly alike; every person's situation is unique and the outcome for each person depends on the individual facts.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
MileMark Media - Practice Growth Solutions

© 2015 - 2019 Baez Law Firm. All rights reserved.
This law firm website is managed by MileMark Media.

Contact Form Tab Contact Form Tab