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Mar  25,  2014
By maryann
Every day, Florida citizens are rejected from jobs and denied credit due to their criminal history.  ThRejected from jobs due to an on-line mugshot?e Pinellas County Sheriff’ recently decided to stop posting online mug shots on its "Who's In Jail" website and Kevin Hayslett, attorney with the Law Offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., believes this change is significant to persons arrested in Clearwater. The ease with which potential employers and creditors can access evidence of arrests on,, and similar websites creates additional barriers for employment applicants, denying them an opportunity to explain that an action was dismissed or downplay minor offenses. The Pinellas County Sheriff Department’s recent move to eliminate mug shots from its “Who’s in Jail” website, effective Jan. 13, 2014 is a key step toward eliminating obstacles to employment, education and credit for people arrested in Clearwater and surrounding areas. Arrest photos had been publicly available on the website since 2005. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s decision was driven by his frustration with private companies, such as, mining the “Who’s in Jail” website for mug shots, posting the photos on their websites, then charging citizens exorbitant fees, ranging from $399 to $1700, to remove the mug shots. Sheriff Gualtieri wanted to do his part to stop the mug site mining websites from taking advantage of the citizens of Pinellas County, who in most instances could not afford to pay for removal of the photos. The decision to end online mug shots is a win for citizens arrested in Pinellas County. It gives our clients one less issue to deal with when trying to move forward with their lives after being accused of a crime.
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Every day, Florida citizens are rejected from jobs and denied credit due to their criminal history.
Jul  26,  2013
By maryann
On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 7:23 PM, Bay News 9, By Rick Elmhorst/Laurie Davison, Team Coverage released the story that the Polk County State Attorney's Office announced Monday that it was dropping 38 DUI cases investigated by the Lakeland Police Department. Laurie Davison interviewed defense attorney Kevin Hayslett, a partner with the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., who is involved in one of the cases that was dismissed, who praised the state attorney’s actions. "To the 38 people having their cases dismissed it is a huge deal,” Hayslett said. “And when we've got to rely on the truth and veracity of an officer to make an intelligent and truthful and honest arrest, and we find out that's not the case, the appropriate action needs to be taken." The cases center around Sergeant Ray Lloyd and Officer David Nicholas Edds. Bay News 9 reported that the officers involved in the cases have improperly filled out paperwork in DUI cases and have been untruthful. Another 10 DUI cases are also under review. State attorney investigators interviewed the officers under oath about the paperwork issues and released the audio recordings of those interviews Monday. In one instance, state attorney investigators believes that Sergeant Lloyd lied about being tipped off to their investigation by the head of LPD's Internal Affairs department, Lt. Hans Lehman. Because the State Attorney's Office claims it can't vouch for the truthfulness of the officers it will no longer use their testimony in court. That means the DUI cases can't be prosecuted. Both of the officers are on some form of administrative leave while the Lakeland Police Department continues its own investigation. 3 members of LPD advisory commission resign Three more members of the newly formed Lakeland police advisory commission have resigned. Anne Kerr, President of Florida Southern College, Kent Ingle, President of Southeastern University and Elaine Thompson, CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems all tendered their resignations from the once 15-member panel. Mayor Gow Fields formed the commission following a sex scandal within the Lakeland Police Department. The commission is tasked with finding a way to get police and citizens to speak up when they see something's wrong. Mayor Fields also wants the commission to examine LPD's policies and culture and wants the commission to come up with recommendations on how to restore public confidence in the agency. Polk State College President Eileen Holden and Lakeland businessman Joe P. Ruthven both resigned Monday. They had been named co-chairs of the commission.
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Kevin Hayslett praises the Polk County State Attorney's actions announced Monday, that it was dropping 38 DUI cases investigated by the Lakeland Police Department.
May  18,  2012
By maryann
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Kevin Hayslett, Partner with  the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., has been rated number 5 of the Top 100 Lawyers to Follow on Twitter. This article was written by Evan Carmichael and has been seen in The New York Times,  Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable/Business, and The Globe and Mail. He has been named one of the top attorneys in the nation to follow on Twitter. Kevin specializes in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office. He has more than 30,000 Twitter followers at this time and with the recommendation that he is one of the top 5 lawyers in the nation to follow, his Twitter numbers may increase. As a regular on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show, on 102.5, Kevin can be heard on the morning show on alternating Thursdays at 7:30 am EST. Kevin is Bubba's high profile criminal attorney. Besides representing Bubba, Brent and Ned, Kevin has defended many other famous clients such as NFL, MBA and NBA players, local politicians and of course Nick Hogan in his criminal trial for his car crash. "The Attorney to the Stars" , as he is known on the radio, is always available to answer questions. The $999.00 specials for Bubba followers and members of the Bubba Army have kept Bonnie Hamilton, the head of the Expungement Department, very busy. Kevin can also be heard on Radio IO, the internet only radio, on his show, "Kevin's Law." Kevin always has surprise guests and interesting topics of discussion. Our website has archived his shows in case you have missed a program or would like to hear it again. Radio IO is one of the top five internet radio stations.    
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Kevin Hayslett has been rated number 5 of the Top 100 Lawyers to Follow on Twitter.
May  01,  2012
By maryann
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. announces that Kevin Hayslett will be discussing taser deaths on the 6 O'Clock News on Channel 10 this evening. He is interviewed by Eric Glasser of WTSP. Kevin will be discussing the new study indicating that tasers can cause cardiac arrest. A New York Times article states, The electrical shock delivered to the chest by a Taser can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death, according to a new study, although it is unknown how frequently such deaths occur. The study, which analyzed detailed records from the cases of eight people who went into cardiac arrest after receiving shocks from a Taser X26 fired at a distance, is likely to add to the debate about the safety of the weapons. Seven of the people in the study died; one survived. Is it truly non-deadly force? Kevin discusses these findings and the fact that a taser can cause Ventricular fibrillation. This  is a heart rhythm problem that occurs when the heart beats with rapid, erratic electrical impulses. The chambers in your heart (the ventricles) begin to quiver uselessly, instead of pumping blood. During ventricular fibrillation, your blood pressure plummets, cutting off blood supply to your vital organs. Kevin further discusses the circumstances surrounding the death a police officer, who, during his training with a taser, died of a heart attack.
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Taser -Is it Truly Non-Deadly Force? Find out in this blog posting
Apr  30,  2012
By maryann
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. announces that Kevin Hayslett will be a guest on Accesso Legal, on SiriusXM 146 today, Monday, April 30, 2012, at 3:45 p.m., on a segment entitled Boating Under the Influence. Kevin Hayslett will be interviewed for this segment by Ada Pozo, a former Miami-Dade Judge and the host of Acceso Legal, this bilingual national radio show that airs daily.    
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