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Hochman & Goldin Discuss New Hearing Impairment Law

It is possible for a law enforcement officer to ask a Florida driver to pull over only for the driver to have trouble hearing the instructions being given by the officer. This may cause the officer to misinterpret the driver’s actions, potentially making them falsely believe that the driver is intentionally not following orders, or worse, attempting to resist arrest. Such a scenario can easily cause a tense situation to further escalate.


Miami, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- As a means of potentially avoiding an uncomfortable situation, Florida is spearheading a new law which will allow drivers the choice to identify themselves as hearing impaired when they register a vehicle or renew their driver's license. The law arrives a pair of years after a hearing impaired driver passed away after being shot in North Carolina when he was unable to hear the sirens of a trooper who tried to pull the driver over.

Florida's hearing impairment law will be the first of its kind in the country. Other states have devised solutions such as distinct ID cards that indicate the person is hearing impaired. With this new law, however, a law enforcement officer simply has to enter the vehicle's license plate to learn whether the driver is hearing impaired. This means the officer will already have a better understanding of the situation prior to any face to face communication.

About Hochman & Goldin, P.A.
Scott Hochman and Sunny Goldin, both alumni from University of Miami School of Law, have each been practicing law in Florida for over 20 years. The Miami traffic attorney has handled more than 180,000 traffic citations in the courts of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and also represent clients in misdemeanor criminal cases. They also work as Miami expungement attorneys and are ready to assist clients. Call 305-665-1000 for more information or to speak with a Miami traffic lawyer.