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There's never a good reason to drive drunk

If you're of legal age, there's nothing wrong with having a drink or two. However, even if you only have one drink, it's never a good idea to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Not only can it result in trouble with law enforcement, but it increases the risk of causing an accident.

There's never a good reason to drive drunk, and here's why: There are other ways to reach your destination without taking a risk. Consider the following:

  • Choose a designated driver: Before you head out for the evening, choose a designated driver for your group. This ensures that no one will take the risk of driving while intoxicated.
  • Opt for public transportation: You can take the bus, call an Uber or flag down a taxi. When you do any of these things, you're not behind the wheel. And that's a good thing if you've been drinking.
  • Leave your car behind: Many people drive drunk because they don't know what to do with their car. They're afraid to leave it where it is, so they take the risk of driving. Rather than do this, make note of where you're leaving your car, and come back to get it the next day. Yes, it's an inconvenience, but it's better than driving drunk.

Should you protect yourself with a prenuptial agreement?

Once your wedding day is set, it's hard not to turn your attention to the future. As you do so, you may have some concerns about what would happen in the event of a divorce. It doesn't mean you're hoping for the worst, but instead wondering what you can do to prepare.

This is why so many couples decide in favor of a prenuptial agreement. With this, you're both able to protect yourself in the event that your marriage doesn't work out.

Top tips to avoid a traffic ticket

As a driver, you're aware that there are rules you need to follow at all times. You're also aware that everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Unfortunately, if you do so in the presence of a police officer, it could result in a traffic ticket.

Here are some top tips you can follow to avoid a traffic ticket:

  • Don't speed: This is an easy one for police, especially those who are actively taking measures to judge your speed. If you always drive at or below the speed limit, this is never a concern.
  • Make full stops: It's easy to roll through a stop sign, especially if you don't see any traffic, however, you never know if an officer is watching. Make a full stop every time. Not only does it prevent a traffic ticket, but it keeps you safe.
  • Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and school buses: If you violate either one of these laws, you can expect to find yourself in serious trouble with the law. It can result in a large fine, as well as a license suspension. You're also putting the safety of others at risk.

How to maintain your safety as a pedestrian

As a pedestrian, safety is on your mind at all times. You're worried about everything from slipping and falling on the sidewalk to being struck by a motor vehicle when crossing the street.

Even though there's no way to guarantee your safety 100 percent of the time, there are steps you can take to better protect yourself. Here's what you need to do:

  • Avoid distractions: Just the same as drivers, you must avoid distractions as a pedestrian. So, put down your cell phone and take out your earbuds. You want to know what's going on around you at all times.
  • Cross the road at crosswalks: If at all possible, you should only cross the road in a crosswalk. It's the safest place to do so, as drivers are more aware of pedestrians and there are laws to protect you.
  • Follow the walk and don't walk signals: For example, if the signal says don't walk and you attempt to do so, you may be stepping into heavy traffic. And even if the road appears clear of vehicles, you never know when one will quickly approach.

The right to remain silent in DUI cases

DUIs lead to a litany of charges that can stay with a person for many years. One Florida man in Gainesville received charges for DUI and various other infractions after he drove drunk with three children inside the vehicle. The man hit a patrol car while under the influence and now faces an uphill legal battle. 

When the police arrest you for any reason, they should read you your Miranda rights. You have likely heard this many times in TV shows where cops tell people they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. You should take full advantage of this right and keep silent after a DUI arrest

A DUI conviction may affect more than just your license

When you have a few drinks while out on the town, you may feel totally unimpaired. When you get behind the wheel of your car, you may not realize how much those drinks have really diminished your capacity.

A police officer who pulls you over may recognize your impairment level and, after a battery of tests ending in a breathalyzer, you may find yourself behind bars and facing a DUI conviction. Before making the choice to forgo the cab after a few drinks, you should know how much of your life may change due to one choice.

Treatment for substance users is more effective than jail

It is no secret that substance abuse is a widespread problem. From alcoholism to opioid addiction, a lot of people struggle. Misuse and abuse of these substances can lead to criminal penalties, such as DUI and drug possession charges.

While it is a widely accepted approach to stop crime, incarceration can be ineffective and expensive. Focusing on addiction treatment instead of jail is the better option, according to multiple studies

How to budget before finalizing the divorce

Different divorce requirements exist within each district in Florida. As you prep for divorce proceedings, you should be ready to decide on the type of divorce you want, prepare the initial paperwork and serve the papers to your spouse. You also need to get ready for your finances to change substantially. 

You have become used to living in a household with two incomes. Now, you will only have one source of money coming in, and it could be substantially less than what your spouse makes. You need to be ready for your financial future, and that involves planning accordingly. 

Do not accept cash after a car accident

After any car accident, it is paramount to notify the police and for all parties to see doctors. This is especially important for more severe crashes, such as one that occurred recently in Milton, Florida. One driver failed to notice traffic slowing down on I-10, resulting in a collision involving three vehicles. 

Often, car accidents result in paperwork and phone calls, but it is essential to get the compensation you need. However, some people may offer you cash at the scene of the accident if you will agree not to report it. There are several reasons why you never want to accept this money. 

How to avoid distracted driving

Florida already has harsh laws on the books for anyone who looks at a smartphone while behind the wheel. However, lawmakers currently want even stricter laws to reduce the number of people who operate a vehicle while distracted. 

You should never look at your phone while driving. Doing so can greatly increase your odds of being in a car accident. If necessary, you should install an app on your phone that prevents you from using it while going above a certain speed. What many drivers fail to realize is that there are numerous other ways you can get in a car accident due to a distraction. Here are some steps you can take to be a safer driver. 

  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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