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3 tips for defending yourself against a criminal accusation

If you have been accused of a crime, you will need to defend yourself in court. Everyone has a right to a defense, no matter how obvious the evidence against them may seem.

Even if you're guilty of the accusations, your defense can mitigate the consequences by presenting a reasonable explanation for the events. The following are 3 tips for successfully defending yourself against a criminal accusation.

How to handle a speeding ticket appropriately

If you've been given a speeding ticket after being pulled over by law enforcement officials, it's smart to do what you can to successfully challenge it. Being given a speeding ticket can mean that your license will be affected. In some circumstances, it could mean that your license will be suspended. It can be costly in addition, both in terms of the direct fines you'll be ordered to pay and the increase in insurance premiums that you may experience.

Therefore, if you believe that the speeding ticket was given in error, you should consider taking steps to challenge it. The following are some tips for handling the situation in an appropriate way.

How to defend yourself from a burglary accusation

Those accused of the crime of burglary may have been allegedly caught inside a building, in the possession of stolen goods or while breaking and entering. This is why those accused of burglary will likely need a very strong defense because there could potentially be significant evidence stacked against them.

However, this does not mean that those accused of burglary cannot successfully defend themselves. To do so, they will need to take swift actions and fully understand how the law applies to their situations. The following is an overview of the elements of the crime of burglary and how to defend yourself against accusations.

What are good reasons to divorce?

No marriage is easy. Being compatible as two individuals means that both spouses need to adapt to each other's growth and evolve together rather than apart. As people change, conflicts and disputes need to be addressed rather than ignored if the marriage is to continue being a happy one.

If you are going through tough times in your marriage, you may be wondering what the best solution is. If you have been feeling resentment or anger toward your partner for several months or even years, it's likely that divorce has crossed your mind more than once. Many people who are in unhappy relationships are unsure whether they should try to make things work or file for divorce. The following are some situations in which divorce is a good idea:

The basics of DUI laws in Florida

In every state, it's a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol. This is because alcohol can negatively affect a person's ability to drive, making them slower to react and more likely to engage in risky behavior. While it seems that DUIs are common, the negative effects of being charged with a DUI should never be underestimated.

If you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida, you'll face license suspension, significant fines and possibly even jail time. It could also mean being fired from your job and could damage your reputation in the local community. If you are facing DUI charges, here are the basic things that you need to know.

What are the injury dangers associated with small boats?

The summer is when both residents and tourists flock to any bodies of water looking to cool off from Florida's smoldering heat. It's not uncommon for people to gather together on boats for fun out on the water. Many of these individuals may not realize that the smaller the vessel, the more dangers they face of getting hurt or killed.

Small boats are dangerous. U.S. Army statistics show that 80% of all boater deaths happen in water vessels that measure 25 inches or less. Most of these fatalities are attributable to either falls overboard or to the boat capsizing.

What does domestic violence mean under the law?

If you've been accused of domestic violence, you may be feeling confused. You don't believe that you engaged in any behavior that was violent, so you might be adamant that you are not guilty. While it could be that you were falsely accused of domestic violence, you should understand that domestic violence has a very broad legal definition.

You can be guilty of domestic violence even if you were not physically abusive. Therefore, before defending yourself against an accusation of domestic violence, you should understand the four different types of domestic violence that can be alleged to have occurred.

Don't forget about these assets in divorce

As you prepare for the divorce process, a lot of your attention will turn toward property division. The way this unfolds will determine how you live in the future.

Most people focus on the most important and valuable assets in their life, such as bank accounts, motor vehicles, the family home and retirement accounts.

How to handle an aggressive driver who's making you nervous

In a perfect world, every driver would put safety above all else. But in the real world, things don't work this way. There will always be people on the road who aren't interested in your safety. They're going to do whatever they want, whenever they want.

If you find yourself in close proximity to an aggressive driver, it's natural for your nerves to flare up. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to calm them. Do the following:

  • Don't lose focus: You still have to focus on the road and what's happening around you. Don't let this one person throw you for a curve.
  • Create space: You don't want to drive closely to this person, such as directly next to them on a highway. Create space by moving up the road ahead or falling back, whichever is safer.
  • Pull over and call for help: This is a judgment call. Sometimes, it makes sense to call for help, such as if the person is a danger to everyone on the road. Other times, you'll cool off after the person is gone. The decision is yours, but it never hurts to err on the side of caution.

What to do if you're struggling with co-parenting

Co-parenting after divorce is easier said than done. While you want to do what's best for your children, you must also take into consideration how to make things as easy on yourself as possible.

Here are some basic steps you can take if you're struggling with co-parenting:

  • Refer to your parenting agreement: Your parenting agreement, along with the visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, provides a variety of information regarding how to approach co-parenting. For example, if you have physical custody, your ex will visit with your children based on the schedule you created during your divorce. This can help everyone get on the same page.
  • Bring your concerns to light: If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to discuss them with your ex. You may feel like bottling them up inside avoids conflict, but doing so can cause more harm than good in the long run.
  • Learn to walk away: If you find yourself regularly arguing with your ex, you must learn how to control your emotions and walk away from the situation before it gets worse. This is easier said than done, but once you get into the habit you'll be in a much better place.
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  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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