If you or a loved one was just arrested for a DUI, they will be provided an arraignment following their release from jail.

The majority of crimes in the state of Florida are entitled to pretrial release.

As an insurance policyholder, you pay your premiums with the expectation that if you ever need to file a claim, the insurance company will cover the cost.

Attorneys Chris Keller, Rob Melchiorre and Paul Walsh each began their legal careers as Assistant State Attorneys.

When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a car accident that occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you’re not only hurt, but there’s a pretty good chance you’re also angry. You’re angry at the person who upended your life and caused your suffering. You’re also angry because you might not know where to turn next. How will you go about obtaining the money needed to pay for your medical bills, or compensate you for the time you’ve had to miss from work? Hiring an experienced attorney will be your best chance of doing just that. At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, we have a team of skilled, passionate attorneys who have a long track record of winning these kinds of cases. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you get the money you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery without having to worry about monetary issues. Learn more about how we may be able to help by contacting us online or calling (561) 295-5825 for a free consultation. Steps to Take After a Car Accident Even though law enforcement agencies and governmental authorities are constantly trying to make the roads safer, accidents still occur on a regular basis. There...

When to Hire a Property Damage Lawyer

Suffering any sort of property damage is nerve-wracking enough. Having to deal with an obstinate insurance company makes things even worse. Even though you’ve faithfully paid your premiums year after year – even though they have gone up a ridiculous amount – the insurer has failed to come through when you need them the most. You’re probably so angry and frustrated you don’t know what to do next. The property damage lawyers with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh are here for you. We can perform a thorough investigation into whatever caused your property damage. Whether a storm tore up your roof, a pipe burst and caused extensive water damage, or even if a sinkhole swallowed all or part of your home. We will do everything we can to make sure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve. If you would like more information on how we may be able to help, please contact us online or give us a call at (561) 295-5825. Types of Property Damages that Can Be Recovered Just about every homeowner is going to have to make some sort of property damage claim at one time or another. These are just a few of the...

The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sally

Almost two weeks have passed since Hurricane Sally ripped across Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Though the storm is long gone, the damage continues to reveal itself. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) released aerial footage to show just how hard the storm hit Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. As the images continue to be released to the public, our understanding of the storm's effect continues to deepen. HOW MUCH DAMAGE DID HURRICANE SALLY DO? It has been reported that two lives have been lost due to the intensity of this storm. One day after the hurricane made landfall, about half a million people were without electricity in the southeast. Pensacola and the Gulf Coast were hit with so much flooding that the water reached the door handles of vehicles in most areas. Pensacola experienced an average of four month's worth of rainfall in a total of four hours. Business owners reported having to use chainsaws to cut through the wreckage to enter their buildings. In addition to all of this damage, new concerns have grown as the water has displaced wildlife, leaving alligators to roam some residential areas. The aerial footage recently released...

Insurance Company Accused of Conspiring with Adjuster Firms to Deny Roof Damage Claims

Insurance policies can be very difficult to understand. They are full of legal jargon and can be intimidating. If you have ever felt unsure about a policy, do not worry because you are not alone. When talking to an insurance agent, you may hear several different phrases thrown around that are normal terms for the agent, but they might be new to you. In these moments, you should stop the agent and ask for clarification on the term until you are confident in your understanding. For an unbiased explanation, hire a legal professional to proofread your policies. By including a third-party's take on the information, you give yourself an extra layer of protection in the event that an insurance company ever denies your claim. This can prove to be even more helpful in the event that your insurance company is conspiring with an insurance adjuster against your claim, as is the case in a recent lawsuit filed against United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPC) in Florida. UPC Accused of Violating RICO Act Southern Florida Restoration (SFR) Services has filed a lawsuit against United Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPC) and FKS Insurance Services and Property Loss Specialists, an adjuster firm, regarding...

Abbott Nutrition Announces Voluntary Baby Formula Recall

After four cases that included one death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to stop using certain types of infant formula as Abbott Nutrition agrees to a voluntary baby formula recall. The FDA has launched an investigation into the products believed to have caused cases of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. The products in question have all come from the same facility in Sturgis, Michigan. So far, there have been four infant illnesses in three different states: Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas. However, the recalled products have been shipped across the United States and to outside countries. Which Products are on Voluntary Recall? The FDA is “advising consumers not to use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas.” Recalled products can be identified by the 7 to 9 digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package (see image below). Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below: the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later. If you want to check if your powdered formula is...

Florida Residents Suffer Panhandle Wildfires

The Florida Panhandle wildfires recently torched thousands of acres near Panama City. Firefighters continued their attempts to quell the fires as they spread to cover three separate counties. Hurricane Michael left enough dry debris on the ground to cause the fires to spread at such a speed that a state of emergency had to be put in place. With the evacuation of nearly 1,100 homes, many can expect to return to their share of damage. Even though families were evacuated to safer areas, the fire damage they may return to will prove to be a disaster in itself. If your home was evacuated due to the Pandhandle Wildfires, Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh PLLC can help you get the wheels in motion for recovery. Chipola Complex Update TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This morning, the Florida Forest Service (FFS) Blue Incident Management Team (IMT) confirmed that significant rainfall has continued to improve conditions for the Chipola Complex, which encompasses three wildfires. The Blue IMT will begin transitioning the incident back to the FFS Chipola Forestry Center and monitor any new activity. Bertha Swamp Road Fire: The Bertha Swamp Road Fire, located in Gulf, Bay, and Calhoun counties, is estimated at 33,131 acres and is now 40%...

Florida Bill Moves Forward to Affect Roof Claims

The Florida Senate recently moved along a bill that could affect future insurance claims on roof damage. Sen. Jim Boyd's SB 1728 would allow policies to limit many homeowners by offering to pay in cash, instead of offering a full replacement. With a similar bill (HB 1307) recently passed, it's uncertain whether or not this bill will be fully accepted and passed. House Speaker, Chris Sprowls, explained, “We're evaluating all the proposals … but I'm also cognizant of the fact that we just passed a very significant insurance bill last session. If what has been told to me in the eight years that I've been here, from the insurance lobby, is true, that it takes 18 months to see an impact on rates, then we're not yet seeing the impact.” Sprowls is referring to SB 76 that was passed just last year. What is SB 76? The bill states: Property Insurance; Providing that, for certain attorney fees awarded for claims arising under surplus lines property insurance policies, a strong presumption is created that a lodestar fee is sufficient and reasonable; providing that certain provisions relating to homeowners' policies, offers of replacement cost coverage, and offers of law and ordinance coverage do not prohibit...

When Autonomous Vehicles Make Autonomous Decisions

WHEN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES MAKE AUTONOMOUS DECISIONS The idea of an autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle is appealing to a lot of people. If you owned a car that could drive itself, you could take advantage of the luxury to enjoy your daily commute in other ways. You could get ahead on some work before you get to the office, or you could lean back and relax until the caffeine has had a chance to properly kick in. The possibilities are endless, but all that glitters is not gold. While having enthusiasm for modern technology isn't a bad thing, we should all remember that with new technology comes glitches in the system. For those of us living in Florida, it is legal to use a self-driving vehicle, but we should keep in mind that no system is flawless. Unfortunately, this truth is playing out in the recent lives lost due to autonomous vehicle accidents. WHAT ARE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES?  Autonomous vehicles are vehicles that can operate on their own. So many car crashes are due to human error or distraction every year, and it's believed that autonomous vehicles are the answer to this problem. Some research suggests more autonomous vehicles on the road...

Dozens of Homes Suffer Property Damage Following Tornado in Southwest Florida

Over a week ago, the southwestern part of Florida experienced severe damage from tornado activity. The National Weather Service confirmed at least one of the tornadoes was an EF2 tornado, which is a level that has not affected this area of Florida since 2016. One county assessment reported “27 homes destroyed, 24 with major damage, and 14 with minor damage.” Additionally, at least four physical injuries were reported, thousands were without power, and over 60 homes are now beyond livable conditions. Residents Urged to Have Property Damage Assessed Before Clean Up County Commission Chairman Cecil Pendergrass understands the desire to begin a community clean-up effort, but he cautions residents to have their property damage assessed by an insurance adjuster first before moving anything. Insurance adjusters are trained to identify details that homeowners often miss or even dismiss as unimportant. “That is something that homeowners have to look at, should we leave this until the adjuster can get here to see it or should we put it in the street; that's up to the homeowner, (the county) cannot go on the property,” Pendergrass said. “Personally, I would wait until I get something from the insurance before I start a taking the roof off my house...

New Year, New Slate – Sealing Your Criminal Record for a Second Chance

Trying to start your life on the right foot after having a bit of a past can be hard for anyone. If you have a criminal record, chances are good that you have already experienced how difficult this can be when trying to move forward positively. Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes can seriously jeapordize your future. If you have a criminal history or arrest record, you may lose job opportunities or have school applications denied. You may even miss out on some housing situations. It is understandable that you would want to move away from this history, forget it ever happened, and keep others from finding out it did. To start off the new year with a clean slate, you may want to look into having your court records sealed or expunged, and we can help you with that. ACHIEVE A CLEAN SLATE WITH A SEAL If you have been arrested, you have a criminal record. Many people do not like the sound of this, but that record exists whether or not you have been convicted of a crime. If this applies to you, now is the time to start considering how future background checks can potentially affect you...

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