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Criminal convictions and immigration status

In addition to resulting in specific legal penalties, a criminal conviction can have far-ranging consequences for a person's life. If you are not a United States citizen, convictions for certain types of offenses can affect your immigration status and trigger removal proceedings.

For many, the immigration consequences of a conviction can be more severe than the legal penalty itself. It is important to thoroughly explore your options and strategies when facing criminal charges.

Could one of these conditions cause a slip-and-fall accident?

It's not common to think about being part of a slip-and-fall accident. Instead, you assume that everywhere you walk will be relatively safe. Unfortunately, when you least expect it, you could be part of an accident that changes your life forever.

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in many places, including but not limited to shopping malls, grocery stores and amusement parks.

Don't make these financial mistakes during your divorce

If you decide that divorce is the best way to fix your marriage, it won't be long before you're reviewing your finances with the idea of putting yourself in the best position for the future.

With so much happening, it's possible you could make a variety of financial mistakes during your divorce. Here are five that you need to avoid at all costs:

  • Neglecting to use a property division checklist: Without this, you could overlook assets that need to be divided, thus missing out on something of value.
  • Not reviewing all your financial documents: From bank statements to pay stubs to tax returns, you need to review everything during your divorce.
  • Forgetting about your debt: Most divorcing couples understand the importance of property division. While you focus on this, don't lose sight of any joint debt, such as credit cards and personal loans.
  • Not understanding the impact on your future: For example, not all assets will have the same impact on your tax situation.
  • Neglecting to think about the future: It's so easy to get caught up in the here and now that you never look down the road. If you do this, you may end up regretting some of the decisions you make.

Mediation can ease tensions during divorce

As you inch toward the divorce process, it's natural to have concerns about how everything will play out. You know this is a big change to your life, and you don't want to do anything that will put you in a worse situation.

Although mediation is full of its own challenges, many divorcing couples find that it's much better than litigation. With this approach, you can ease the tension of your divorce, all the while reaching the finish line in a timely manner.

Will one of these things result in a pedestrian accident?

As a pedestrian, you spend a lot of time watching what other people are doing. From drivers to bicyclists, your eyes are always open as you attempt to avoid an accident.

While you're doing your part to remain safe, you hope that others are taking the same level of care. Unfortunately, you can't expect this to hold true. There will always be people who don't pay attention to pedestrians and what they're doing. This increases the risk of an accident.

Don't make these DUI checkpoint mistakes

As you approach a DUI checkpoint, it's only natural to feel anxious. Even if you're sober, you never know if something could go wrong that will lead to your arrest.

Here are five mistakes you can't afford to make at a DUI checkpoint:

  • Open container: If an officer sees an open alcohol container in your vehicle, they'll immediately assume you're under the influence. Even if you're not, it's still illegal to drive with an open container.
  • Erratic driving: This looks suspicious to the officer, giving them more reason to pay attention to you as your time at the checkpoint arrives.
  • Illegal U-turn: You are legally permitted to turnaround instead of going through a DUI checkpoint. However, if you're going to do so, you can't break the law. This gives an officer reason to pull you over.
  • Talking back: When you talk back, you increase the likelihood of a confrontation that you can't win. You're better off acting in a respectful and courteous manner throughout.
  • Explaining your legal rights: It's safe to assume the officer knows your legal rights, so there's no point in explaining your stance.

What are the reasons for a driver's license revocation?

Just the same as many other individuals, you rely on your car to get you from point A to point B. Unfortunately, if your driver's license is revoked, you may find yourself in a difficult situation in regard to transportation.

There are many violations that can lead to a driver's license revocation, including but not limited to the following:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Illegal drag racing
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

What are some possible defenses for accomplice charges?

If someone you know has committed a crime and you are possibly wrapped up in it in some way, the police might charge you with being an accomplice or an accessory after the fact. To you, these charges may feel confusing and unfair.

So, what are some possible defenses to accomplice-type charges?

What happens if you ignore a traffic ticket?

No one likes getting a traffic ticket. Some folks, especially those who can easily afford to pay, may just roll their eyes and pay the ticket even if they believe it was wrongly issued. Others may challenge their ticket and get it dismissed.

Of course, some people ignore their tickets or DUI charges altogether. They might think that nothing bad will happen or that they will take care of it later. Think twice before you ignore traffic tickets, though. The consequences can be severe.

Tips for optimal performance at work during your divorce

As you go through a divorce, you'll learn that it has an impact on your life in a number of ways. In addition to personal changes, divorce can also take a toll on your career.

Here are three top tips for performing at a high level even when you're undergoing the divorce process:

  • Separate your personal life and work life. This is easier said than done, but you should do your best to separate your divorce from your career. For example, don't check your ex-spouse's social media accounts when you're supposed to be working. This has a way of slowing you down and zapping your energy.
  • Be honest. If you have any reason to believe your divorce will present challenges at work, talk to your supervisor about the best way to cope. You may find that they are more than willing to help you out.
  • Get support. Now that you're in the process of putting your marriage behind you, your life will change in many ways. For example, you may be responsible for dropping your children off at school. There is support to be had -- you simply need to know where to look.
  4. AVVO, Client's Choice 2016
  6. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  1. Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

  2. Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

  3. Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

  4. Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

  5. Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

  6. Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

  7. Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

  8. Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

  9. Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.

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