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Draper Law has locations all around Orlando, including St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and Orlando. We concentrate our law practice in the area of personal injury and wrongful death, family law, and criminal defense. We have practice in many different niches of these practice areas. With personal injury and wrongful death cases, we look at motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle or bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, as well as pool and drowning, slip and fall, theme park, hotel and restaurant accidents. Our domestic and family law practice runs the spectrum as well, looking at marriage and child issues such as paternity cases, visitation rights, dissolution of marriages, domestic violence cases, and equitable distribution. Finally, we deal with both adult and juvenile clients in our criminal law practice. We can help with drug charges or DUI charges, theft, burglary and trespass cases, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

St. Cloud Personal Injury Lawyers

Like every other U.S. state, Florida has a statute that limits the time a person will have to file a suit in civil court against any entity that might be at fault for any injury that has been sustained. They call this a “Statute of Limitations”.

In cases of personal injury that occur in Florida, you are limited to 4 years from the time an accident occurred to file a civil suit. If you do not file with this period of time, the court will not hear your case, in all likelihood. In some unusual instance, you may not “discover” or know that you were actually harmed from an event for an extended time frame subsequent to its occurrence. In this instance, the time you have to file your lawsuit may receive an extension.

For injury suits filed against a government entity, the statute of limitations is only three years.

Florida’s Comparative Negligence Law

Under some circumstances, business or person that you are trying to make liable for injuries may make a claim that you are the one who is to blame, or at least partially to blame, for the incident that caused your injuries. They may also claim that you caused your injuries to be worse than they otherwise would have been. If it is determined that you are responsible for a percentage of the fault, the compensation that you are awarded may be reduced by the percentage of your fault, as determined by the court.

St. Cloud Divorce and Family Law

When you’re obtaining a divorce within Florida, there is critical information you should be cognizant of. We have highlighted some vital information everyone obtaining a divorce in Florida should understand. The information presented herein is a fraction of the total Florida Law pertaining to divorce. You should have a consultation with our divorce lawyer for more comprehensive information.

  • At least one of the divorcing spouses must be a resident of Florida for a minimum of six months prior to filing for a divorce.

  • Florida has a no-fault divorce law. The sole requirement Florida has for divorce is that there are irreconcilable differences between marriage partners and that the six-month requirement for residence is satisfied. The divorce must be filed within the county where the defendant resides or the county that both parties last cohabitated in prior to their separation.

  • When a divorce is uncontested both spouses are in agreement on the manner in which marital property will be allocated and in agreement on support, alimony, child custody and visitation.They both sign a Marital Settlement Agreement and present it to the court. There will be a hearing shortly thereafter, and the divorce will be final.

  • An uncontested divorce in Florida is relatively inexpensive. It customarily takes approximately thirty days after the settlement agreement has been signed to finalize the divorce.

  • Under Florida divorce law marital property has to be distributed equitably. Each spouse retains the debt and property that they had before they were married, since this property isn’t considered marital property by the court. Each spouse will also retain any property that they attained as the result of an inheritance or gift, or property that they have divided within a joint agreement.

  • If one of the individuals that is getting divorced feels they need financial help, they can make an alimony request. The person who makes the request has to show proof that the paying spouse has the resources to pay alimony.

  • Temporary alimony may be awarded, if the judge thinks it is warranted, prior to the finalization of the divorce. In the final divorce hearing, the court will award permanent alimony if it has been requested and is deemed necessary.

  • If a spouse who is ordered to make support payments does not comply, their wages can be garnished. The court can also order that the payments that are required be paid to the state of Florida Support Enforcement Dept. The funds will then be forwarded to the receiving spouse.

  • If the person who is required to submit support payments does not submit timely and adequate payment, their motor vehicle license may be temporarily revoked.

  • All couples who have children are mandated to take a course that is intended to help minimize the amount of emotional trauma that the children will sustain. The course must be completed by both parents for their divorce to enter the court.

  • The court does not favor one gender over the other when deciding custody and visitation issues. The “best interest” of the children is supposed to be considered by the judge prior to making a determination. Under Florida law, there is a “Shared Parenting Responsibility”. This law dictates that both spouses have equal input in determining the manner in which the child is reared. Both of the parents must be consulted on matters that relate to the education, health, religion and discipline of children. When there is a disagreement, a judge will make the determination.

St. Cloud DUI (Driving Under The Influence) Law

A charge of DUI can be received by you in Florida if you have physical control or are caught driving a vehicle when you have a blood alcohol concentration of greater than or equal to 0.08%. It makes no difference if your ability to drive was actually impaired or not. Moreover, it is possible for you to get a DUI charge when your BAC is less than 0.08% if your ability to drive is impaired to some degree, and if you’ve taken alcohol, drugs or a combination of both.

Most times a DUI is connected with actually driving a vehicle. However, you can receive a DUI charge even in cases where your vehicle is not moving, because it is not legal to have control or operate a motor vehicle when you have impairment. For instance, police may see a person who is clearly impaired sitting asleep in their vehicle and resting on the steering wheel while the keys to their vehicle are in hand. This person could receive a DUI charge, even though their vehicle was not in motion.

Florida is similar to the rest of the states in that it has an implied consent law, which has a requirement that everyone arrested under the law for a DUI violation must submit to a test ( breath, blood, or urine) in order to determine the concentration of alcohol in their blood.

St. Cloud Criminal Law

We also have great expertise in assisting those who are charged with violating a criminal law, in addition to our expertise in personal injury, wrongful death, and family law. We handle a wide array of criminal cases that include a variety of traffic crimes, misdemeanors, and felonies. Misdemeanors are crimes that have a punishment of less than 1 year of incarceration.A felony is a crime that has a sentence in excess of one year of incarceration.

There are a wide variety of traffic crimes and sentences for these crimes may fall beneath either a misdemeanor or the felony category, depending upon the particular offense. .

Our St. Cloud Law Office is located at:
Draper Law Office - St. Cloud 
2727 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769
407-891-3020



From the North: Take the Florida Turnpike south to Hwy 192. Exit (portions toll) and make left turn. Head east into St. Cloud. Hwy 192 becomes 13th St. Arrive at destination: 2727 13th St. Headed eastbound, we are on the south (right hand) side of the road.

 

From the South: Take the Florida Turnpike north and exit at Hwy 192. Make a right turn and head east into St. Cloud. Hwy 192 becomes 13th St. Arrive at destination: 2727 13th St. Headed east, we are on the south (right hand) side of the road.

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.