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January 2017 Archives

Do not underestimate the consequences of a first-time DUI

Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges, yet some drivers underestimate the penalties that a DUI charge can bring, even for a first-time offender. If you are facing a DUI for the first time, it is important to react appropriately by securing defense help as soon as possible. A guilty plea may not be the best choice, and a conviction is never your only option.

Would you benefit from a prenuptial agreement?

If you are planning a wedding, there are many things on your mind, but protecting your future financial interests may not be one of them. Engaged couples rarely consider the benefits of a contingency plan before marriage, but it is actually an easy, smart step for Florida couples of all income levels.

Paralysis often comes with secondary conditions

Spinal cord injuries most often occur due to trauma, such as in a car accident or a fall from a height. Unfortunately, not every Florida resident who suffers such an injury recovers from it. Receiving a diagnosis of permanent paralysis causes a variety of emotions and life changes, but it also comes with the potential for secondary conditions that require monitoring and care to avoid.

Am I eligible for alimony?

Like other Florida residents getting a divorce, you might be worried about making ends meet. If you earn less money than your spouse earns or stayed home with the children, Florida provides for an award of alimony if the court finds it appropriate.

What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?

Someone died violently and police believe that you killed him or her. When police arrested you, they told you that you face charges of either murder or manslaughter. Your fear of not knowing what happens next increases dramatically due to not understanding what you could be facing.

Some drivers fail to consider the consequences of distractions

Driving requires those behind the wheel to use their hands, eyes and minds, along with other senses, such as hearing, in order to safely navigate the streets and highways across the country, including those here in Florida. Unfortunately, not all drivers consider the consequences of removing even one of these factors by allowing distractions to take their attention off the road and the traffic around them.

4 things to keep in mind when talking to your child about consent for the first time

Some would say that it is never too early to speak to your child about consent. To adults it might seem like an all-too-common term, but the concept of consent is often quite unfamiliar to children.

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