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Author: Philip J. Bonamo, Esq. - Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Attorney

police giving man a traffic ticket
The Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-1 Opinion, ruled this month that law enforcement can order a driver out of their vehicle they have pulled over for a routine traffic stop, for officer safety before conducting a vehicle sweep.
A Florida Appeals Court ruled this month that law enforcement have no expectation of privacy while in their official roles/while on duty. As such, Florida’s 5 District Court of th Appeals (5 DCA) has now stated that in Florida the state’s long-standing law against recording th telephone calls without the permission of all parties to the call does not apply to calls with law enforcement officers.
Rice Law Firm closely follows the changes in Florida law, each year, on many legal matters, including marital and family law, as shown from our previous blogs. As an update on the issue of equitable distribution in a dissolution of marriage case in the state of Florida, both chambers of the Florida legislature, during the recent 2024 Florida legislative session, approved some important changes to Florida Statute 61.075, which is referred to as the equitable distribution provision.
Coins on bonds blocks
Based on legislation that was signed into law last year by the Governor of Florida and that went into effective January 1, 2024, the highest Court in the state of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court, must now adopt a uniform bond schedule and be distributed to the twenty judicial circuits in Florida.
One topic that comes up quite often in developing a Parenting Plan in family law cases is where to do the ‘pick-up/drop-off of the child(ren).
Partner Philip Bonamo attended the Florida Bar's Board of Governors out of state meeting in Austin, Texas on September 6th through September 8th, 2023. Mr. Bonamo is the Board of Governors representative for the attorneys of the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which comprises of St. John's, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia County. Mr. Bonamo is the current Chair of the Board's Rules Committee, as well as a member of the Communications Committee, Disciplinary Review Committee and the Disciplinary Procedures Committee. Pictured with Mr. Bonamo is Josh Doyle, Executive Director of the Florida Bar.
Partner Philip Bonamo attended the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention held June 21-23, 2023 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Both the Florida House and the Florida Senate this week passed in their respective chambers their versions of ‘Greyson’s Law’. This was approved with widespread support by the Florida Legislature in both the House and the Senate.
Over the many years that I have been a criminal defense attorney, I have heard from many, many individuals during the initial consults, “they didn’t read me my Miranda.” I then ask the person if they made any statements to law enforcement after being arrested about the situation or the crime they have been arrested for, and most times they say no, but they feel that in some fashion not being read their “Miranda Warnings” has an effect on the validity of the arrest.
We are in the midst of the 2023 legislative session, and both the Florida House and the Florida Senate are working on a variety of new proposed legislation in Tallahassee. One such proposed law change would give fathers, whose child or children are born out of wedlock, one step closer to gaining equal parental rights.