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Oct  20,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. invite all Tampa Bay community members to attend its annual Great Pumpkin Give Away on Saturday, October 28th at the Clearwater office, (250 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The attorneys and staff enjoy this opportunity to welcome all our clients, local residents and friends to celebrate the Halloween and Fall holiday season with refreshments and a free pumpkin. We will have face painting, balloons,  hot dogs, corn on the cob, pizza, and much, much more. This is our way of thanking everyone for their trust and support and for the privilege of serving the Tampa Bay Community since 1971.

 


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Sep  15,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Hernando County National Night Out - A good night to get to know your neighbors and all of your first responders! 

Come and say hello to Betty Whitman, Matt Wheeley, Ana Kneisler and Alexandra Federle from the Spring Hill office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out on Saturday, October 7th, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

This FREE event is brought to you by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. will have the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and be handing out free ice cream. Target, and many individuals and businesses have also chosen to donate their time, products, and/or services to this community event. 

Each year the event is bigger and better than the year before. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of FREE FOOD, FUN, and FESTIVITIES for the entire FAMILY. 

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Jun  28,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, is proud to announce that Edward D. Carlson, Jr., the founding member of this firm, is honored by The Florida Bar for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law. 

Edward Carlson founded the firm with Paul Meissner in 1971. He and his wife, Phyllis, have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Edward has served as a municipal judge for the cities of Belleair and Safety Harbor, Florida. He continues to fight for the injured and proudly serves his profession and the community. 


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Jun  24,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Matthew Kindel, lead criminal attorney in the New Port Richey and Spring Hill offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, along with fellow members of the Rotary Club of Trinity, made Shepherds Pie for the sheltered children at The YFA Rapp House in New Port Richey.

The YFA Rapp House is a shelter run by Youth and Family Alternatives for juveniles who need a warm and caring place to stay. The mission of Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. is committed to working in collaborative partnership with families and communities to establish, maintain and enhance a nurturing and safe environment for children. As one of the area’s leading providers of social services to children and families they are dedicated to strengthening the family.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Trinity, Matt has also assisted with their charitable work The Little Light house of the Blind, Pace Center for Girls, Pasco Kids First, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Pure Water for the World and the Angelus. 

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Apr  25,  2017
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Recognized Clearwater criminal defense attorney Paul A. Meissner Jr., of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, PA. clarifies the red light camera controversy


When the Florida Legislature convenes on March 7, 2017, the debate over red light cameras will resume. This time, discussions will include a recent report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that indicates crashes increase at intersections where red light cameras are installed.

According to the report, after the installation of red light cameras, crashes rose 10 percent at 148 intersections in 28 Florida cities and counties during the July 2012-April 2016 period, and rear-end crashes increased more than 11 percent.  Accidents involving pedestrians and other non-motorists fell almost 20 percent, and crashes involving running a red light were down about 3 percent.

Florida’s Legislature has considered bills to ban red light cameras over the past few years. Each of those bills has failed. This upcoming legislative session will consider two bills—SB 178 and HB 6007 -- that call for the repeal of red light cameras in Florida by 2020.

“The introduction of photographic automated enforcement systems – red light cameras – has added a new twist to defending against traffic tickets,” said defense attorney Paul A. Meissner Jr. of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. “Much of the controversy over the use of these red light cameras is related to the way evidence of speeding or running a red light is verified and how the violation is served.”

Red light cameras work by triggering the camera to take a photograph as a vehicle passes over a sensor in the intersection when the light is red. Photos of the vehicle’s front license plate and the driver are taken. A police officer is to check the photo of the driver against the driver’s license photo of the vehicle’s registered owner before a citation is mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.

“If you receive a citation, the first step is to check the photographs to determine if the vehicle in the photo is your vehicle, and who was driving the car at the time the photograph was taken,” continued Mr. Meissner. “There are several issues to explore in defending a red light ticket, including circumstances where the driver was making a right turn.”

The criminal defense lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. have been serving the Tampa Bay area community for more than 45 years, and share more than 125 years of combined experience. Innovative practice and proven litigation skills make the firm Tampa Bay’s premier legal team, with a proven track record of success and a reputation for excellence. For more information, visit the firm website at www.CarlsonMeissner.com or contact the office directly at 877-728-9653.

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