Florida State Senate approves Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Florida State Senate approves Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act
April 2, 2014

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla recently filed with the Florida State Senate the “Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act” bill, upping the minimum jail sentences for leaving the scene of an accident to three years for an accident resulting in injury, seven years for serious bodily injury, and 10 years for a hit-and-run resulting in death. "If you hit someone and kill them and leave, there is no minimum mandatory [sentence]," Mr. De La Portilla said. "If you hit someone and kill them and you are under the influence [of drugs or alcohol], there is a minimum mandatory [sentence]."

The bill also imposes a minimum driver license revocation period of at least three years and driver education requirements for people who leave the scene of a crash. The House version (HB 183) is awaiting a hearing in the Economic Affairs Committee. It has won unanimous support in its previous committee stops. The bill is a top priority for the Miami-Dade legislative delegation.

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