New Laws to Know in Florida
During the legislative session last April, there were many new laws passed and they have gone into effect as of October 1, 2021. It is critical that all Floridians know what these laws are, so they do not find themselves in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, not knowing that something is against the law is not a defense when facing criminal charges, so it is always important to stay up to date. Below, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer outlines the new laws that have come into effect this month.
Sale of Vapes and Electronic Cigarettes
The legal age to vape tobacco was raised to 21 years old. The law is intended to reduce the number of youth vaping in the state. The law also touches on other things, such as the sale and marketing of vaping and tobacco products.
Child Safety Alarm Act
In Florida, it is against the law to leave an unattended child in a vehicle for longer than 15 minutes, or for any amount of time that would place a child in danger of great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. The new “Child Safety Alarm Act” will take effect this month and requires vehicles used by childcare facilities to transport children to have an alarm installed. The alarm will sound if a child remains in the vehicle after the car has been parked. The new law is intended to prevent the deaths of children when they have been left in a hot vehicle.
Child Welfare Laws
A new law requires certain people and agencies to have a case record fact sheet when a child is placed in their supervision or custody. These agencies include the Department of Children and Families, or providers contracted by the Department, or agents of the Department. The new law also includes the best interest factors that agencies should take into consideration when determining the placement of a child. The bill also outlines when a child could be removed from a caregiver’s home.
This new law makes it illegal for anyone to send, transmit, or post electronic or written records when someone makes a threat to engage in terrorist acts, or to threaten or kill another person.
The Privileged Communications Made to Crime Stoppers Organizations Law
Though it has a long name, the Privileged Communications Made to Crime Stoppers Organizations law has a very simple purpose. It makes it a crime to obtain or willfully attempt to disclose or obtain protected information and privileged communication. It also offers civil immunity protection when certain actions are taken by specific people.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyer in Orlando Can Help You Beat Your Charges
Sometimes people get charged with a crime when they did not even know they broke the law but unfortunately, that does not provide a defense. If you are facing charges, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer at O’Mara Law Group can help you beat them. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about your legal options.