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Reckless driving could put your Florida driver's license at risk

Reckless driving is defined quite clearly in Florida Statute 316.192. It defines the concept as any instance in which an individual voluntarily operates their vehicles with complete disregard for the safety of both other people and property in their path.

The words careless and reckless are often used interchangeably by individuals to describe someone's driving style. A motorist may speed, follow others too closely or weave in-and-out of traffic. Drivers shorten their reaction times when they do this. This driving leaves motorists vulnerable to getting involved in a crash.

What should you do if you're stopped by police?

Traffic stops are the most common type of interaction that individuals have with law enforcement. It's a very dangerous experience for both the police officer and the person who is being detained when these types of events occur. The random encounters can quickly spiral out of control if an individual allows them to do so.

A person stopped by police has the right to remain silent. You don't have to engage in active communication with a police officer simply because they pulled you over. All that you're obligated to do is to provide them with a state-issued identification (ID) card to identify yourself.

A drunk driving charge isn't the same as a conviction

Even if you know better than to drive under the influence of alcohol, you thought you were fine to drive because it had been quite a while since you'd last had a drink. Unfortunately, there's always a chance you could be pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

While this is sure to change your life, there are steps you can take to protect your legal rights and minimize the impact.

Take these steps when telling your children about your divorce

As if divorce isn't difficult enough, there's nothing more stressful than telling your children about your decision. You know that things will eventually settle down, but it's hard to convey this to your children during such a challenging time in their life.

Here are some steps you can take to ease the tension when telling your children about your divorce:

  • Do it together: Even if you're on bad terms, you and your spouse should sit down with your children to inform them of your decision. This shows a united front, while also giving both parents the opportunity to provide comfort.
  • Don't go into details: It's one thing to tell your children about your divorce. It's another thing entirely to share the finer details, such as why you're going down this path.
  • Be ready to answer questions: Your children are likely to ask you a variety of questions, some of which are more difficult to answer than others. The best thing you can do is be open and honest.
  • Take as much time as necessary: This isn't the type of conversation you rush. Take as much time as necessary to work through the conversation and put your children at ease with what's happening.

A rear-end crash can cause brain damage and long-term issues

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ordinary falls and vehicle crashes are the most common causes of brain injuries requiring hospitalization.

Even a low speed rear-end collision can result in brain damage at any level that could leave you with lifelong health issues.

How to protect your finances if your spouse asks for a divorce

Divorce will change your life in many ways, with it having a major impact on your finances. Even though you have a lot on your plate, it's critical that you take the steps necessary to protect your finances during this very difficult time.

Here are three things you should do:

  • Cancel all joint credit cards: Before doing so, talk to your soon-to-be ex-spouse about how to best manage any remaining balances. For example, you may agree to pay off the balances with money from your savings account or cash on hand.
  • Create a property and debt division checklist: This will help you understand the assets and debts that may be subject to division in divorce. In addition to a comprehensive list, make note of which assets and debts are joint and separate.
  • Create a post-divorce budget: Your divorce will eventually be in the past, and at that point you're left to manage your money on your own. The sooner you create a budget, the sooner you'll understand your income and monthly expenses. This may lead you to make changes that allow you to better manage your money in the future.

What should you do if you're pulled over for speeding?

Even if you consider yourself a safe driver, there may be times when you drive in excess of the speed limit. While you're likely to get away with this, there could come a point when you find yourself pulled to the side of the road by a police officer.

Here's what you should do if you're pulled over for speeding:

  • Immediately move to the side of the road: Don't waste any time pulling over, as you don't want to give the officer the wrong impression. You can turn on your hazard lights to acknowledge that you see them.
  • Provide the requested documentation: One of the first things the officer will do is ask for your license, registration and insurance information. It's important to keep these documents in an easy to access place, such as your glove box.
  • Don't admit to anything: For example, the officer may ask you if you know why you were pulled over. Rather than say, "Yes, I was speeding," simply tell them that you didn't think you were doing anything wrong. Saying too much during a traffic stop can harm your ability to fight the ticket in traffic court.

How to avoid an accident on your bicycle

In Miami, you don't have to look very far to find a bicyclist. People all over the city enjoy this mode of transportation, as it saves them time and money while allowing them to avoid traffic.

It doesn't matter if you ride your bicycle every now and again or every day of the week, your safety is more important than anything else.

Tips for creating a post-divorce budget

Your financial circumstances will change in many ways if you decide to divorce. While you're sure to face some challenges, there are steps you can take to minimize the impact on your life.

One of the first things you should do is create a post-divorce budget. Even if you're not 100 percent sure of the approach you want to take, it's better to get the basics in place than to wait too long.

Key concerns your parenting agreement should address

Your divorce will affect you and your children in many ways. Even though things are changing, there are steps you can take to maintain stability in your personal and financial lives. For example, the creation of a parenting agreement will give you direction post-divorce.

The key to creating a successful parenting agreement is ensuring that it addresses all your concerns. When it does, you're less likely to run into a situation that stresses you out and/or results in an argument.

  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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