Seminole County Legal Aid would like to thank Lenora Spence and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for giving an informative and helpful seminar to the vulnerable senior population of Seminole County. We would also like to thank the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Meals on Wheels etc. for cohosting the event with us.

Seminole County Summer BreakSpots

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students
Written by Erin Roche, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
This summer, in over 50 locations throughout Orange and Seminole County there will be free breakfast and lunch provided for school-aged children. The Dining Programs of the schools in these counties are participating in the Summer Food Service Program to help ensure that children who are on a free or reduced lunch program during the school year continue to have access to food in the summer break. If you are interested in this program or would like to find out locations are closest to you, click here for more information.

June is National Safety Month!

Neighborhood Watch Program
Written by Erin Roche, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
For many years, neighbors have come together to create neighborhood watch groups. These groups encourage neighbors to look out for each other and promote safety for the community. Seminole County certainly encourages these groups and the Sheriff’s office has laid out an effective chain of command to ensure that individual programs run smoothly. The Sheriff’s office also allows for interested residents to set up an appointment with the office to answer any questions that they may have about starting a neighborhood watch group in their own community.
Each group should be made up of three components: the Coordinator, Block Captains, and the other residents. When a suspicious incident occurs and a resident who is part of the neighborhood watch sees this incident, they must first report it to the Sheriff’s office. It is very important that residents do not engage or try to become involved in the situation. After reporting to the Sheriff’s office, the resident should then contact their Block Captain who will alert the Coordinator. The Coordinator is to make sure that all the Block Captains are aware of the situation so that they may alert the residents on their block.
If you are interested in more information about this program, click the link here to view a brochure with contact information.
Business Security Assesment
Written by Erin Roche, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will provide free on-site security assessments to businesses in the county. Assessments can not only offer specific recommendations for businesses to protect themselves and reduce the risk of crimes committed against them like robbery or burglary. The assessments will be provided by specially trained deputy sheriffs who use Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles to check the property and identify vulnerable areas.
If you are interested in getting an assessment or finding out more information, contact the Neighborhood Services Unit at 407-665-6880 or email:

Safe Kids

Written by Carolina Hernandez, University of Central Florida
The Safe Kids Worldwide is a national nonprofit dedicated to preventing accidental and unintentional childhood injury. Unintentional injuries are the number one killer for children aged 14 and under. In September of 2002, the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners signed an agreement with Safe Kids and formed the Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition. It is led by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department to this day.
The Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition is compromised of over 25 county agencies and they meet monthly to discuss initiatives to promote safety like events and educational programs. Their focus areas for risk include:
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Heat Stroke Prevention, children left in vehicles
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
  • Water Safety
  • CPR & AED
  • Fire Prevention Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Safe Sleep
  • Medication Safety
  • Poison Prevention
  • Carbon Monoxide Safety
If this is a program that you would like to learn more about, feel free to browse their informational page on the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department website and learn more about how to prevent unintentional injury for children.

New Texting and Driving Law

Written by Erin Roche, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

In order to make Florida's roads safer, the Florida legislature has voted to amend the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” or s. 316.305, F.S. The bill was recently signed into law by Governor Desantis and it will make some significant modifications to the original law. It should be noted however that if the bill passes, from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, police officers will simply offer a written or verbal warning for violations of the law and after January 1, 2020, citations will be issued for violations.
The law will continue to prohibit texting and operating a motor vehicle, although there are some exceptions like if a driver is receiving texts related to the operation of the vehicle, reporting criminal activity, or safety related information. The law also redefines the term “wireless communication device” so that the law is not limited to cell phone usage but also extends to tablets, laptops, electronic game consoles, and any kind of two-way messaging system.
It is also stated that if a motor vehicle accident caused by the use of a handheld communications device results in death or serious bodily harm, billing records for said wireless device are admissible as evidence in proceedings related to the accident. Law enforcement officials will record the type of device used in the citation. If a driver receives a citation, it is punishable as a moving violation and the offender will have three points assessed against their license. There will be a wireless communications device driving safety program that offenders may participate in to waive their penalty if the clerk allows. The clerk may also dismiss a case for first time violators that prove purchase of equipment that allows for handsfree use of their device while driving.


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Welcome Our New Social Media Intern

"My name is Sandra Ekiyor-katimi. I am a 22 year old  international student from Nigeria studying Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Central Florida. I have always been passionate about social media and the legal field, and my major merges those passions because my disciplines are Computational Science and Legal Studies with a minor in Digital Media. My plan is to one day own my own agency where I manage and am counsel for social media influencers. I plan on attending law school if after my masters program and working in the field of media management for a year, I see that it would be vital for me in creating my own agency. My favorite artist is Beyonce and I enjoy hanging out with friends and trying out random Starbuck’s orders in my free time."

We are so excited to have Sandra join us!

New Administrative Orders

  • Administrative Order 19-24
    • Domestic Relations- Assignment of cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
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