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With locations throughout the Central Florida area, the Draper Law firm is ready to help you with almost any case you may have. We deal with both family and criminal law cases, as well as personal injury cases. Our family law practice deals with both domestic and family law issues, such as parental responsibility cases, visitation rights and child support, injunctions and domestic violence cases, alimony, and adoptions. Our criminal law cases range from misdemeanors to felony criminal cases, and we are willing to represent both adults and juvenile clients. We have experience in drug charges, sex crimes, DUI cases, burglary and trespass cases, and are familiar with the process for bond hearings and motion to suppress hearings, as well as trial versus plea proceedings. Finally, personal injury cases include everything from pedestrian accidents and animal attacks to insurance disputes and defective or faulty product cases.

Kissimmee Personal Injury Attorneys

Like all states, there is a statute on Florida’s books that limits the time you will have in order to file a lawsuit against a business or person in civil court that may be at fault for an injury you have sustained. The term for this is a “statute of limitations”.

For Florida personal injury cases, this statute of limitations is 4 years from the date the accident occurred, for you to file suit in civil courts. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, it’s likely the court will refuse to hear your case. In rare circumstances, you might not “discover” or realize that you incurred harm from an incident for an extended time period after its occurrence. In this case, the time for you to file a lawsuit may be extended.

For injury lawsuits against a state, county, or city government the statute of limitations is reduced to three years.

Comparative Negligence Law in Florida

In some cases, the entity you are attempting to hold liable for injuries you have sustained may state that you are to blame (or partially to blame) for the event that caused your injuries or for causing your injuries to be worse. If you are deemed responsible for some portion of the fault, the compensation you receive from at-fault businesses or people can be affected. In these cases, your compensation will be reduced by an amount equal to the percentage you are at fault.

Kissimmee Divorce and Family Law

When you are getting a divorce in Florida, there is some vital information you should be aware of. We have listed some of the most important information each person who is divorcing in Florida should be aware of. The information listed here is only a subset of the complete Florida Divorce Law. You should consult with one of our attorneys for more complete information.

  • One of the spouses must reside in Florida for at least 6 months prior to filing for divorce.

  • Florida is a no-fault state. Florida’s only requirement is that the marriage has irreconcilable differences and that the residence requirement is satisfied. The divorce documents need to be filed in the county of residence of the defendant or the county that the spouses last resided in jointly before separating.

  • A divorce that is uncontested indicates that both marital parties agree on how marital property will be divided and also agree on child custody, support, alimony and visitation, if applicable. A Marital Settlement Agreement is signed and presented to the court.A hearing will occur quickly, and the divorce will be finalized.
  • A Florida uncontested divorce is not costly. It normally takes about 30 days subsequent to the signing of the Marital Settlement Agreement for the uncontested divorce to be finalized.

  • Florida law states that marital property should be equitably distributed. Each of the marriage partners keeps the debts and property that they owned prior to the marriage, since the court does not consider this to be marital property. Each of them also retain any property that was received as an inheritance or gift, or any property that is divided in a joint agreement.

  • If one of the spouses requires financial assistance, they can request alimony. The spouse making the request needs to prove that the spouse that is paying has the wherewithal to pay.

  • A Florida court can award alimony temporarily until the divorce is finalized. At the last divorce hearing, permanent alimony can be ordered if it is deemed necessary and it is requested.

  • Any spouse who doesn’t make support payments in a timely manner can have their wages garnished. The court may also issue an order that the spouse required to make the payments send payment to the state Support Enforcement Dept., which will send the funds to the spouse who is receiving payments.

  • If the spouse required to make payments does not make payments that are sufficient and timely, their driver’s license can be suspended.

  • All divorcing couples with children have to take a class called “Parent Education & Family Stabilization”. The class is supposed to help keep the emotional trauma of children to a minimum. Both spouses must finish the course independently prior to the divorce entering the court.

  • The court is gender neutral when deciding upon custody of children and visitation. The judge is supposed to take into consideration the children’s best interests. The law in Florida has a Shared Parenting Responsibility requirement. This law says that the parents have an equal say in how the child is raised. Both parents need to be consulted on issues pertaining to health, education, discipline, and religion. In cases of disagreement, the judge decides.

Kissimmee Criminal Law

In addition to our work on cases pertaining to wrongful death, personal injury, and divorce, we also handle cases of people who have been accused of a criminal law violation. We deal with a wide variety of criminal cases including felonies, misdemeanors, and various types of traffic crimes. Crimes punishable by less than one year in prison are misdemeanors, whereas felonies are punishable with greater than one year in prison.

Traffic crimes have great variance, and the sentence may fall under either the felony or misdemeanor category, dependent upon the offense.

Kissimmee DUI Law

You can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida if you physically control, or drive a motor vehicle while having a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08% or more. It doesn’t matter if your ability to drive was really impaired or not. Nevertheless, it is also possible to be charged with a DUI with a BAC less than 0.08%, if to some extent or degree, your ability has been impaired and if you have taken drugs, alcohol, or a combination of the two.

In the majority of cases, a DUI is associated with driving a motor vehicle.Nevertheless, in Florida, you can be charged with a DUI even if your vehicle is stationery, since it is illegal to operate or have control of a vehicle when you are impaired. For example, an impaired person who police detect slumped over the steering wheel while their keys to the vehicle are in hand, could be charged with a DUI, even though the vehicle was stationery.

Florida, like all the rest of the U.S. states has an implied consent law. This law requires all persons who are arrested lawfully for a DUI to take a chemical test (urine, blood, or breath) to determine their blood alcohol concentration.

If you are looking for a Kissimmee Law Office, look no further than Draper. Our Kissimmee Law office is located at:
Draper Law - Kissimmee
705 W. Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741
407-846-0075



From the North: Take the Florida Turnpike south to Osceola Parkway (portions toll). Make right hand turn onto Osceola Parkway. Go to Orange Blossom Trail (441) and make a left turn. Head south through downtown Kissimmee. Arrive at destination: 705 Emmett Street. We are directly across the street from the Osceola County Courthouse.

 

From the South: Proceed north on US 17-92. Make a right and get on Johnson Avenue E (CR-580 that eventually becomes Cypress Parkway). Cypress Parkway will then turn into Pleasant Hill Road. Make a right onto South Bermuda Ave./John Young Parkway. Turn slightly right to get on Emmett Street and then you will arrive at your destination which is: 705 Emmett St. We are right across from Osceola County Courthouse.

Testimonials

Linda was an exceptional lawyer. This was a divorce from (Hell) and was drug out over more than a year. My Ex's lawyer actually quit. Linda was very professional yet had a really personal touch. She actually felt like a friend through this. I really am glad I chose your law firm and would recommend you to others, especially Linda.