Will Florida be the next to ban texting while driving?

Will Florida be the next to ban texting while driving?

As of January 2012, text messaging is banned for all drivers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. In 7 addidtional states there are laws against “novice” or “youth” drivers texting. These states include: Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers a map of states in the United States that have enacted laws concerning texting and cell phone use in vehicles (Graphic: http://www.iihs.org/laws/maptextingbans.aspx).

The Florida Legislature has recently announced plans to hold discussions in 2012 to enact a ban on texting in vehicles for the state of Florida. The National Safety Council feels that cell phone use or texting in a vehicle is a serious threat to public safety that must be taken seriously by lawmakers. They have launched a campaign against “distracted driving” which includes both cell phone use (including using hands-free devices) and texting while in a vehicle. For more information, checkout their “Texting While Driving” brochure online at: http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Employer%20Traffic%20Safety/Pages/TextingWhileDrivingBrochureNational.aspx.


The end of drop side cribs and a new era of safety

The end of drop side cribs and a new era of safety


After 32 confirmed infant deaths and dozens more suspected from broken parts on drop side cribs, tough new laws have been put into place by the federal government to protect parents, children and consumers.


In June 2011, the federal government issued new safety rules changing the requirements that crib manufacturers must adhere to when testing cribs. At the same time, it became illegal to sell, trade or buy any drop side crib though it has been noted that some websites like eBay and Craigslist have been slow to stop listings of drop side cribs from being advertised on their sites.


In December 2011, the federal government added additional requirements that daycare’s and hotels must replace drop side cribs and must purchase only cribs that adhere to the new, stricter safety standards.


For more information you can read additional articles about drop side crib dangers at:





(Photo: http://consumerist.com/2010/05/drop-side-cribs-have-killed-at-least-32-kids.html)



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Criminal Defense


A Jury Must Consider a Criminal Intent to Commit a Crime
When Looking at Drug Charges in the State of Florida

Since 2002, Florida’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Law, FLA. STAT. § 893.13, as amended by FLA. STAT. § 893.101 made Florida the only state in the nation to eliminate mens rea when considering a drug offense.

As of July 27, 2011, this portion of the law has been found to be unconstitutional and the jury must once again consider whether or not the person had intent to commit the crime in drug-related cases.

A copy of the finding can be found online at: http://www.nacdl.org/public.nsf/newsissues/amicus_attachments/$FILE/shelton_habeas_order.pd


Mens rea: “As an element of criminal responsibility, a guilty mind; a guilty or wrongful purpose; a criminal intent. Guilty knowledge and willfulness.”


If you have questions about Criminal Law or how this finding may affect your case, call attorney at law, John Pangallo for a consultation at (941) 954-3611.



Sealing and Expunging Records

Is your past following you around and ruining your future?

Do you have a criminal or arrest record that is ruining your chances of employment?

If you answered ”yes” to these questions it might be time to consult a qualified Criminal Law attorney about getting your records sealed or even expunged.

Right now, all the of details of your case can be seen by the public. This means your employer, your family, even your neighbors can see all the details of your case, often for free online by accessing the public records from their home computer! An attorney can help you petition the court for post-conviction or post-arrest RELIEF!

If your record is sealed then all they will be able to see is the date of your case and a case number. If it is expunged, it will no longer be online and no one but law enforcement can see it at all.

Can you imagine what it would be like to leave some of your past behind you and live a real life again?

Attorney at law, John Pangallo, can be reached at (941) 954-3611 for a free consultation on your case. Don’t delay, this could turn your life around!




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Personal Injury

Click it or Ticket in Florida

Did you know that in Florida you can be pulled over and ticketed for failing to wear your seatbelt? The popular belief is that you must also have committed another traffic infraction in order to be pulled over and ticketed for failure to wear a safety belt; however, this is not actually true. Since 2009, the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law has been in effect allowing officers to pull over and ticket motorists for failing to wear a seatbelt without any other infraction present. Fines in most counties are over $100 for this infraction, so failing to wear your seat belt is not only dangerous, but it is also expensive!

You can read more about the law for free online at: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=39880

If you have been in an accident and are in pain, whether or not you were wearing your seat belt at the time, you may wish to consult with attorney at law, John Pagallo about your situation. John handles Personal Injury and Criminal Law cases so he may be able to assist you will all aspects of dealing with a car, bike, or pedestrian accident. He may be reached for a consultation at (941) 954-3611.


Do you have proof that you have been exposed to a sick building or asbestos?

Whether you or a family member has been sickened by Mesothelioma or if you can prove that a relative died from Mesothelioma you may have a personal injury claim. Mesothelioma can show up between 10 to 40 years after the exposure, but it is important to seek out legal advice as soon as possible in these cases in order to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.

Different states have different statues of limitations (this limits the amount of time after an incident, accident, or exposure that you have to pursue a claim and file for damages). Some states allow as little as one year to file a claim after a diagnosis of Mesothelioma.

In cases of asbestos poisoning (which can lead to Mesothelioma) a case could be made to ask for damages to be paid by the manufacturer of the asbestos, the insurance company, or a special victims’ trust fund. You can read about the laws and dangers of asbestos online for free at: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/ and http://asbestos.laws.com/

Attorney John Pangallo cares about you and your family, if you feel like your or a loved one’s health has been damaged by harmful exposure to asbestos or someone you know if suffering from Mesothelioma contact John today for a free consultation. The John Pangallo Law Offices can be reached at (941) 954-3611.