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December 2015 Archives

U.S. to increase prosecutions for workplace safety violations

On Dec. 17, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Labor issued a memorandum announcing the government's intention to more vigorously and cohesively prosecute workplace safety crimes in Florida and nationwide. The effort is expected to increase investigations into safety violations by employers, particularly when worker fatalities are involved.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Platt Hopwood family! During this joyous time of the year we would like to take a moment to reflect on everything our firm has accomplished this year and those who have made that possible.

Man charged for DUI after driving 110 mph while naked

On Dec. 5, Florida Highway Patrol troopers charged a man with DUI after the man was seen driving naked at 110 mph. The 33-year-old man was stopped in Collier County after authorities received reports that he was driving recklessly. A short time after the reports came in, a trooper saw the man driving a Cadillac on Alligator Alley with three female passengers.

Youth and incarceration levels

Crowding and budgets are among the issues that can affect detention facilities in Florida and other states. In recent years, these pressures may have contributed to alternative solutions being formulated for dealing with various individuals facing charges for legal infractions. One of the positive outcomes is that youth detentions have dropped dramatically. Although the United States still has the highest rate of juvenile detention in the world, these rates decreased by 41 percent between 1995 and 2010. The number of youths in detention facilities on a given day had dropped by more than 34 percent during that period as well.