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Arrested for Possession in Florida? Here’s What To Do

Drug use has been on the rise in recent years all over the United States. With several states decriminalizing and even legalizing drugs that were once illegal, it is much more common for people to use these substances for both medical and recreational use. In Florida, for example, marijuana is an approved drug for some medical conditions, but it can still get you into trouble if you’re caught without a license. Other illicit substances can incur harsher penalties, including jail time, if you do not have a lawyer by your side. 

If you are pulled over for any reason with drugs in the car you may end up arrested for possession. Being arrested can be very scary and in some cases, it can induce panic. Here at Esposito Law Firm, P. A., we believe knowledge is power. Knowing how to handle being arrested can play out heavily in your favor.

The first step for you if you are arrested for possession is to stay calm. It is not the end of the world. You must remember that you are innocent until proven guilty without a shadow of a doubt. This means you should avoid giving the police anything else to charge you with such as obstruction of justice or resisting arrest. Your best course of action is to comply with anything they tell you to do and remain silent. It is your right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself. You should then contact your attorney at the first opportunity so they can help you through the rest of the process. 

Once you are taken to the police station, you may be placed in a holding cell. You’ll have a phone call first, and you need to use this phone call to contact Esposito Law Firm., P. A. Our team of legal professionals will fight hard for you in court. We can assess your case and determine the right course of action for you. Whatever the case may be, Esposito Law Firm, P. A. cares about you and your wellbeing. We can give you excellent advice and help you navigate the legal system with ease. Call us today for more information.

How Your Attorney and Insurance Company Work Together in A Car Accident Claim

Anyone involved in an auto accident will be dealing extensively with both lawyers and their insurance company. Both parties are there to help you, and it is important that you work with both parties to get your compensation. Most people do not fully understand the role of their attorney or insurance company, and definitely are not aware of how these parties work together. If you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident, call Esposito Law Firm P. A., today. Our team of experienced legal professionals will work tirelessly to secure your compensation. 

Attorneys are important in an auto accident case because they understand how to navigate the labyrinth that is the legal system. This means your attorney knows what needs to happen and will not be fooled by any legal jargon. A big role the attorney plays is the middleman between you and the other party’s insurance. Since the other insurance company is most likely responsible for your compensation, your lawyer will know how to develop a relationship with them, get that information to you, and communicate effectively to your insurance company.

Your lawyer can also visit the scene of the accident, and acquire more information regarding liability. Your lawyer will know what to look for and how to document it. Your attorney will be able to send the best information to your insurance company and work with them to get your compensation. Your attorney can also be a huge help with getting any documents that you need. Medical documents can be very hard to get your hands on, especially during the chaos of an auto accident. Your attorney can make sure that you have the completed records and get them to your insurance company.

Your attorney will also play a vital role as a negotiator. They will be able to negotiate better deals than an average person and get you more compensation. They do this by negotiating with lien holders, other insurance companies, and your insurance company, and ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. 

For more information contact Esposito Law Firm, P. A. today. Our team of legal professionals is ready and willing to work day and night on your behalf. Don’t wait and lose money.

How To Determine What Your Car Accident Case is Worth

Car accidents happen extremely often and can be very stressful to deal with. Many times, the parties involved are dealing with strong emotions and are not in the best shape for dealing with the legal process. However, keeping a level head in the aftermath of your accident can play a major role in the outcome of your case. The sooner you can acquire legal representation, the better your chances of getting the most compensation for your accident. Esposito Law Firm, P. A. cares about your well being, and we want to make the legal process easier for everyone. Here are some factors that will directly affect home much your car accident case is worth. 

Acquiring a copy of any police report can affect the outcome of your auto accident case. Insurance companies are going to do anything they can to avoid paying you. Having a copy of the police report allows the insurance companies to contact the police that responded to your accident and make sure any statements made are true. Always ask for a copy of the police report. 

It is also imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you are not in immediate pain, you should still go see a doctor. Any injuries caused by the accident can affect your claim, and failure to seek medical attention within fourteen days of the accident can drastically decrease the compensation you receive. If you have pre-existing conditions, before and after scans can prove whether or not the accident made your condition worse or caused additional damage. This can also affect the outcome of your claim.

If there are witnesses, make sure to talk to them and get their contact information. If they help your case you will want to stay in touch. However, if the witnesses will hurt your case, you will want to know how to counter that. You should also avoid any admittance of fault. Saying things like “I can’t believe I did that” or even something as simple as “my bad” could be used against you in court. If the other driver makes this mistake though, you can use this to your advantage to prove fault and get more compensation. 

Your attorney can help you use all of this information to get the best settlement from a personal injury lawsuit. Call Esposito Law Firm, P. A. today for more information.

Types of Car Insurance Coverage in Florida

Florida is one of the most visited, and one of the most attractive states to retirees. The sun and beaches draw people in from all over the United States and from all over the world. With more people flocking to Florida every day, the roads are becoming more crowded. This also means your risk of being in an auto accident goes up. While Florida drivers are required to have basic insurance, there are many different types of auto insurance in Florida. Here at Esposito Law Firm, P. A., we care about your safety and want you to be aware of your options. 

Florida law requires all drivers to have personal injury protection coverage and property damage liability coverage. Personal injury protection coverage (PIP) is there to cover injuries to you and your immediate family. PIP also covers lost wages, but will only pay for 80% of your medical bills and 60% of lost wages up to ten thousand dollars. Florida is also a no-fault state, which means your coverage will cover you regardless of who is a fault. The only catch is that you must seek medical treatment within fourteen days. 

Property damage liability coverage (PD) is there to cover any property damage caused by an accident. Your PD coverage will not cover damage to your car, however, it will cover damage to any property. Usually, the property damaged is another person’s vehicle, but PD also covers damage to buildings or anything else you damage in an accident. If someone hits your vehicle with theirs, their PD coverage will likely cover the damage.

Bodily injury liability coverage (BI) Is not required in Florida. BI exists to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering of any person injured by you. If you injure someone and you do not have BI coverage, you could be held liable for their medical expenses. Uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage also are not required by Florida law but can save you a lot of money if you are in an accident. 

Call Esposito Law Firm, P. A. today for more information.

Legal Rights in a Rideshare Accident

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized travel, and made it easier for people to get where they need to be. These services are great for those living in big cities, and for those without a vehicle. The popularity of ridesharing services has been on the rise since their inception, and more people use these services now than ever. 

Ridesharing is great, but what happens when your driver gets into an accident? Most users don’t ask this question, but it is important to consider before you get in the passenger seat. Below is a brief synopsis of your options when involved in a ridesharing accident.  

If you are in an accident while riding with a rideshare driver, there are several things you need to be aware of. Ridesharing services have various stages for every pickup. For example, if your uber driver has agreed to give you a ride, they are considered “en route”, but if that uber driver is waiting for requests, they are considered “available”. The stage that the driver is at in the process will affect your options for receiving compensation. If you are in the vehicle with the driver on the way to your destination, you have the best chance of receiving compensation.

Uber and Lyft both offer one million dollars for liability and underinsured/uninsured motorists. This is only available to you if the driver is on the way to get someone or on the way to drop someone off. If the driver is waiting for a job, both Uber and Lyft offer compensation. The compensation for an accident with a driver that is waiting for jobs is far less than that offered to passengers that are on the way to their destination. 

Claims get complicated when you are driving a car that is struck by a rideshare driver. Different services handle this situation differently, so you’ll want to contact both the service, your insurance, and your attorney as soon as possible. 

If you or a loved one are involved in any type of automotive accident, call Esposito Law Firm, P. A. as soon as possible. We will fight diligently for the legal compensation you deserve.

Can Passengers Benefit From Car Accident Lawsuits?

While accidents are typically only the responsibility of one or more drivers,  there are often other parties involved in a car accident. All too often passengers decide to just let the driver handle the situation, but this is not ever the best course of action. As a passenger in a car accident, you have legal rights. Passengers involved in accidents actually have more options for receiving compensation than either driver. Here at Esposito Law Firm, we believe that knowledge is the greatest weapon for any person on the road to have. 

As the passenger involved in a car accident, you have several possible courses of action. The obvious first option is suing the other driver. As the passenger, if you are injured in a car accident you are entitled to compensation by the party at fault. If the other driver is at fault, it should be pretty easy to get compensation for injuries. It will be even easier to get compensation with Esposito Law Firm representing you.

The other option is to sue the driver of the car you were riding in. This may be difficult as generally the driver and passenger know each other or are friends. However, if you are seriously injured, you should not be burdened by medical bills for an accident that was not your fault. It is not uncommon for people to say they’ll pay for damages and medical bills and then not do it. We understand that this is a difficult situation, but we at Esposito Law Firm advise that you get legal representation in all cases. This is the only way to ensure that you will get representation and will be put into severe financial stress for an auto accident. 

Another option is to file a claim against your own insurance company for personal injury protection. This isn’t the most obvious option but if you have auto insurance and a car, you may be eligible for personal injury protection. Per the usual, the insurance company is going to do everything they can to avoid paying you. This is why you need the excellent legal representation offered by Esposito Law Firm 

Call us as soon as possible for more information!

What Happens When An Uninsured Driver Hits You?

Most states require all drivers on the road to have insurance, but that doesn’t stop people from driving without insurance. Regardless of the reason, if you are in an accident with someone that does not have insurance, it can be a big hassle for both parties involved. Don’t worry though, because Esposito Law Firm is here to help you. A lot is going to happen after your accident if the other party is uninsured, but Esposito Law Firm will be by your side through the entire legal process. We have a team of experienced attorneys that can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Florida is a no-fault state, but what does that mean? 

“No-fault” means that in the case of an accident, the insurance companies are held liable rather than the individuals involved. Most no-fault states have heavy regulations preventing lawsuits unless there were severe damages or medical expenses. This helps the victims of the accident receive compensation for damages or injuries quickly if they have comprehensive coverage. However, if one party is uninsured, this can cause problems. 

If the other party is uninsured, your insurance company will still typically be required to cover damages and medical bills if you have full coverage. You’ll need to make sure that you follow all of the normal steps you would follow after a normal accident. Once you’ve called the police and made sure everyone is okay, start gathering information such as the other driver’s address and damages to the vehicles. 

This means you need to make sure that you have a record of these things. Every dent and scratch needs to be documented. Make sure that when you seek medical attention, that you find a trusted doctor that will be thorough. It is also important to see a trusted and experienced mechanic. If you go to an inexperienced mechanic, they may not report/find all of the damage, and leave you to cover it. Anything your doctor and mechanic leave out of their statements will become your responsibility.

An accident with an uninsured driver can seem like an overwhelming experience. The legal obstacles can make it extremely difficult if you choose to not get legal representation. With the right team on your side however, your accident can be resolved very quickly. 

If you find yourself involved in a car accident, call Esposito Law Firm as soon as you can. We can get you the maximum compensation in a fair amount of time. Call us today!

Is Insurance Enough to Cover Car Accident Damages And Expenses?

Car accidents happen every day and can be quite a traumatic experience. While drivers are required to have some form of insurance, insurance can be very confusing for most people. This is further complicated if one party involved in the accident does not have proper insurance. You may not be informed on the different coverages available, or what you are required to have through Florida state law.

Finances can also be a major issue for people after an accident. In many cases, even if the affected party has high-quality insurance, the insurance company will go out of their way to avoid paying them. Here at Esposito Law Firm, we care about people, and we want you to get the most compensation for your damages that you can get. 

It is important to know what kind of insurance you have. There are many different options for insurance and all of them cover different things. For instance, some insurance policies will only pay for part of your damages but not medical bills after an accident. Others may cover medical bills but not damages. Sometimes, policies claim to cover certain things but don’t due to fine print. 

Many insurance companies offer incentives for driving safely. This can help with the financial burden of paying for insurance. You should work with your insurance provider to maximize the benefits of these incentives and lower your monthly rate. These benefits can also help you keep premiums low if you’ve been involved in an accident. 

Esposito Law Firm P.A. has a team of lawyers with years of experience working with insurance companies after auto accidents. We have the knowledge and the people to get you the compensation you deserve. We care about our clients at Esposito Law Firm, and we want to help you get the money you deserve.

The Difference Between Short-Term and Long-Term Injuries In A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury lawsuits are tricky territory. Oftentimes, a mistake among friends or coworkers can lead to an unintended injury, leaving the victim with costly medical bills and potentially debilitating injury. Even if the incident was a mistake, it doesn’t mean that the responsible party can’t be held accountable for their actions. If someone makes a mistake that leads to your injury, they can and should be liable for partial or full financial compensation for your injuries. 

Something that is important to note when dealing with a personal injury case is the difference between short-term and long-term injury. Short term injuries usually involve injuries that lead to you missing a few days to a month or two of work. They do not result in long-term disability and will result in lower payouts for a personal injury case. However, it doesn’t mean that you should not pursue the case. If you rely on insurance alone, you may not receive the full compensation you need to recover. 

Different insurance policies have different policies defining “short-term”, but they usually involve similar injuries. Insurance companies will do whatever it takes to avoid paying you, and will hope that your injury gets better on its own or that you will simply neglect to file a claim. Esposito Law Firm has years of experience dealing with insurance companies, and we can get you the compensation that you deserve.

Conversely, long term injuries are injuries that result in you missing more work than you would for a short term injury. Long term injuries are generally more severe, and therefore harder for the insurance company to ignore. However, they will do whatever they can to pay you as little as possible. Call Esposito Law Firm today and let us fight for the additional compensation you’ll need for your long-term injury.

When dealing with insurance claims, you need to have an accurate record of the injury and doctors visits. The more solid proof you have, the more likely they are to pay you what you deserve. This includes any paperwork, statements from doctors, or pictures of the injuries that you may have. If the insurance doesn’t cover the full cost of your medical care, you may be able to pursue a personal injury case to receive the rest of the compensation from the at-fault party

Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve — call Esposito Law Firm P.A. today!

Reducing Your Sentence In A Criminal Drug Charge

Drug crimes are no joke. Far too many people are put in jail every year for a very small amount of a controlled substance. With drug crimes changing all over the country, it is fair to assume that the rate of use for some drugs (such as marijuana) are going up. However, the laws for recreational use have not changed in Florida, and possession charges can get you into serious trouble. 

Like any encounter with the police, being charged with a drug crime can be very scary, but is not the end of the world. It is actually more difficult than most would expect for the police to prove your liability in your drug case. Your charge may also be lessened if you are not driving while arrested for possession, or if you have no prior charges. 

Here at Esposito Law Firm P.A., we care strongly about your rights and your future, and want to arm you with the knowledge to handle your drug charges. There are several things you should know if you get caught with drugs.

The first thing you should be aware of is what your rights are. The police cannot search your person or your property without either a warrant or your consent. Once you have consented to a search, anything they find can be used against you. However, they cannot search without your consent, so avoid consenting to searches if at all possible. If your rights are violated and they search without consent or a warrant, this could result in your case being dismissed. 

The next thing to be aware of is just how busy the prosecution will be. Most states process hundreds of drug charges every day, and drug charges are fairly low priority. Most people don’t fight drug charges particularly aggressively either. If you and the defense can treat your drug charge like a more serious charge and overwhelm the prosecutor, it’s very possible for them to decide that your drug case isn’t worth the trouble.

Lastly, the prosecution has to prove without a reasonable doubt that the substance is illegal and that it was in your possession. If you’re charged with a drug crime in a vehicle you don’t know or for a substance that isn’t illegal, your case can be dropped very easily. This is why it’s imperative to work with an experienced attorney, who can help build the strongest case for you. 

Esposito Law Firm is here for you. We believe that everyone deserves the highest quality representation, and will help you find the best resolution for your drug charge. For more information regarding drug crimes, contact Esposito Law Firm today.