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Recycling Truck Causes Three-Car Accident on I-95 in Jacksonville

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. July 1, 2014

A recycling truck caused a 3-car accident in Jacksonville when the truck driver failed to respond in time to a sudden drop in traffic speed.

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Twice Daily Breath Tests May Replace Ignition Locks for Habitual DUI Offenders in Florida

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. June 24, 2014

New state legislature is calling for major changes in letting DUI offenders drive again. Convicted offenders may now need to take twice daily breath tests.

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Hit-and-Run Drivers Now Face More Serious Penalties in Florida

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. June 17, 2014

Florida recently passed SB 102, a law that increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

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Owner of Daytona Beach Tax Return Business Sentenced for Tax Fraud and Failure to File

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. June 13, 2014

Tax crimes have made the news again. Recently, a Florida tax business owner was arrested, charged and sentenced for tax fraud and failure to file.

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Avoiding Police Arrests in Domestic Disputes

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. June 5, 2014

The American justice system attempts to protect the rights of victims and perpetrators after an alleged crime. After all, “innocent until proven guilty” is a cornerstone of our legal framework. Keeping this balance is not always easy.

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Better Floor Traction, Fewer Slip and Fall Injuries

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 29, 2014

Property owners and managers have added the costs of slip and fall accidents to their anticipated budgets for much too long. Seriously injured employees and customers are just part of the price of doing business, right? Given the increase in personal injury lawsuits, workers compensation cases and the price for medical care, insurance companies and public safety organizations are taking a harder look at this problem and encouraging public facilities to take steps to make their premises safer. Floor traction is an excellent place to start.

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Florida Senate Revises Self-Defense Law

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 22, 2014

The Florida Stand Your Ground law gives citizens the legal right to take all reasonable actions to defend themselves or their property from harm, including using deadly force. The Florida 10-20-Life law requires mandatory sentences for anyone who commits a felony using a firearm — 10 years for displaying a gun, 20 years for firing a gun and 25 years to life for shooting someone. These laws attempt to draw a clear distinction between innocent victims and guilty criminals, but the case of Marissa Jackson, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband during a domestic dispute, shows how difficult this can be. Some of her supporters wonder whether she would have been exonerated if she had shot him to death instead.

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More Boats and Boating Accidents in Florida

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 15, 2014

The unique geography of Florida, with our long Atlantic coastline and amazing rivers and lakes, makes it an ideal place to have a boat. There are more boats registered in Florida than in any other state, and unfortunately, more accidents that cause injury or death every year.

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Should Defendants Say No Thank You to Pleas?

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 8, 2014

You have no doubt heard the expression to cop a plea. Usually, people say that phrase with a certain amount of disdain, probably equating it with the also-familiar phrase to cop out. Surely, they think, people who are not guilty would never agree to say they are. I know I never would, they say.

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There are No Secrets in Due Process

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 1, 2014

In the 1991 film thriller Cape Fear, Robert de Niro played a vicious ex-convict out to wreak revenge on the public defender who had represented him at his trial. Why? Because he knew the man whose job was to defend him had concealed evidence that might have gotten him acquitted. Yes, his own attorney.

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