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What Makes a DUI a Felony?

DUI a Felony

Getting arrested for a DUI in Florida doesn’t mean that you are going to jail, and in many instances, a standard first-time DUI arrest that doesn’t involve a minor in your vehicle is treated as a misdemeanor.

You will have to pay a fine, and you may have to spend a little time in a local jail after a first DUI conviction, and you will lose your license for at least six months. You will also have to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) that analyzes your blood-alcohol content (BAC) before it will allow your vehicle to start. Read More

What is the Difference Between a Divorce and an Annulment?

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Most people understand that a divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage, but how does an annulment fit it into the picture?

While it’s true that a divorce and an annulment are legal ways to dissolve a marriage, there is a major difference between the two, and that is the fact that a divorce ends a legally valid marriage, whereas an annulment ends a marriage that was never legally valid. Read More

How Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Florida?

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The state of Florida is considered a “no fault” state when it comes to divorce. What this means is that either party can file for divorce, without having to provide a reason for it, besides the fact they no longer wish to be married. The spouse who is seeking the divorce just has to state that the marriage has reached a point where it is considered “irretrievably broken.” This is a rule that helps to relieve the court of trying to figure out who is at fault, and the couple doesn’t have to worry about discussing personal matters in court. Read More

What Happens if You Get a DUI with a Suspended License and When to Hire a Melbourne DUI Lawyer

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In the state of Florida, if you are arrested and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), then you may face extremely harsh consequences. The fact is, driving is viewed as being a privilege, not a right that you have. When facing DUI charges, you may face a number of penalties, including impoundment of your vehicle, mandatory community service, suspension of your license, license revocation, time in jail and high fines. For repeat convictions, the penalties increase. Read More

Does Florida Have Common Law Marriage?

Common Law Marriage

Most people are familiar with a standard marriage in which a couple has obtained a marriage license and performed a ceremony confirming their status, even if that only means signing a marriage certificate.

But some states recognize another type of union known as a common law marriage, in which couples who have presented themselves as being married may have the same rights as a couple who obtained a marriage license and have been officially recognized as a married couple. Read More

Why You Need To Know Florida DUI Stats

Florida DUI Stats Law

During the holiday season, people attend more parties, and with more parties come more opportunities for people to consume alcohol.

Unfortunately, some revelers who drink to excess choose to operate motor vehicles, which can result in an arrest for DUI.

And according to a study, there are more accidents caused by alcohol on New Year’s Eve than other days. Read More

Understanding a Retail Theft Arrest

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The primary reasons the state of Florida has a retail theft statute is so that merchants can detain a shoplifter without worrying about having to face civil liability issues. Some of the offenses that are included under a “retail theft” umbrella including dealing in stolen property, grand theft, petit theft and resisting the efforts of a merchant to attempt and recover their stolen items. Read More

How Diversion Programs can Keep Youth Out of “The System” and Prevent Arrests

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Every year, there are more than one million youth arrests across the United States. Approximately 95 percent of those arrests are for some type of non-violent offense. More students are being arrested for police officers working in schools due to behaviors that the school used to handle as a routine discipline problem, such as arguing in the hall, chewing gum and throwing erasers. Read More

Divorce and Infidelity: Understanding How an Affair Can Impact Divorce Proceedings

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Florida is a “no fault” state when it comes to divorce.  This means either party can petition the court for a divorce without provocation.  Nonetheless, cheating can impact a court’s divorce decisions.  Few things are a damaging to a marriage as infidelity.  Many times, when couples have experienced infidelity, they wonder how this could impact their divorce.  Non-adulterous spouses often want to punish the adulterer during divorce proceedings.  Someone who was unfaithful often expresses fear of consequences.  Understanding how infidelity does and doesn’t impact your divorce is critical.  Below are some ways divorce and infidelity intertwine. Read More

DUI Defense: Two Dangerous DUI Myths

DUI Defense

The laws governing driving under the influence(DUIs) have gotten stricter and stricter over the years.

Everyone knows it is against the law to drive drunk.  However, not everyone knows that “driving” and “drunk” are defined differently under DUI law than the meaning commonly given to these words.  Unfortunately, failing to understand the differences can have dire consequences, because believing these myths will not provide you with a DUI defense. Read More