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Think about these things before telling your child about divorce

If you decide to divorce and have a child with the other individual, you know that a very difficult conversation is staring you in the face. It won't be long before you have to sit down with your child to discuss your divorce and what it means regarding his or her future.

As difficult as it can be, you don't want to shy away from this conversation. You need to be open and honest with your child, all the while giving them the peace of mind they're seeking.

What to do in the aftermath of a car accident

It's important to take the right steps in the aftermath of a car accident, as this will have an impact on everything from your health to the way you receive compensation.

While it's not always easy to remain calm in such a difficult situation, here are some steps you can take to keep yourself on track:

  • Move your vehicle to the side of the road
  • Check yourself and all other passengers for injuries
  • Call 911 to request that police and an ambulance arrive at the scene
  • Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the crash
  • Receive immediate medical attention for any injuries
  • Inform your insurance company
  • Keep track of all records associated with the accident, including pictures of the scene and your injuries, medical treatment and out of pocket expenses

What happens during the removal petition process?

Immigration cases sometimes involve removal petitions. When this is the case, there are several considerations for the defendant. Many people don't realize what type of process is present in these cases.

For the men and women who are facing deportation, the entire removal process can be challenging. Here are frequently asked questions about this process:

What other charges may accompany domestic violence charges?

Under existing Florida law, domestic violence charges can be tacked on to simple, aggravated or sexual battery or assault charges, as well as stalking charges. To be charged with both, police and prosecutors only need to be able to show that one person living in a home either physically injured or killed another household or family member.

Battery is a type of domestic violence that involves one person touching another without first receiving permission to do so. It becomes an aggravated offense when the violent act either disfigures someone else or causes him or her some type of permanent disability.

There is more than one way to fight a traffic ticket

A traffic ticket is not the end of the world, but it can impact your life in many ways. For example, if you have received several traffic tickets in the not-so-distant past, another one could result in a license suspension and/or insurance premium hike.

If you receive a traffic ticket, you have two basic options:

  • Pay the ticket and move on.
  • Fight the ticket in court.

Open container laws in Florida

Hopefully, everyone should know never to drink before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. You certainly do not want to end up like a recent Florida man who chugged a beer at his traffic stop. Police promptly escorted him to jail. 

Florida has strict open container laws you need to stay on the right side of. If you plan on driving a vehicle with alcohol in it, then you are best off placing the alcohol in the trunk of the vehicle where it is out of your reach. 

Don’t make these costly mistakes at a DUI checkpoint

Imagine driving down the street, just to find yourself quickly closing in on a DUI checkpoint.

While this may not be a big deal if you haven't been drinking, things change if you've consumed at least one alcoholic beverage in the recent past.

Miami Police's Operation Summer Slam nets 6 drug arrests

Miami-Dade Police Department's Operation Summer Slam, which they rolled out on Wednesday, May 16, resulted in the arrests of six drug dealers and warrants being put out for six others.

The department's officers rolled out the large scale drug bust midmonth right before school let out for the year. Their hopes were that by doing so, it would keep kids from being tempted with buying or peddling the drugs while they are out on summer break.

Driver license violations: Things to know

If you live in the United States and have the intention of driving a motor vehicle, you must first obtain a license. Without this, you're not legally permitted to take to the road.

Unfortunately, there are times when motorists break the law by driving without a license. This typically fits into one of two categories:

  • You make an honest mistake, such as leaving your driver's license at home in your other wallet or purse
  • You are trying to circumvent the system, such as because your license was suspended as the result of a DUI conviction

Florida judge determining the future of smoking medical marijuana

Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in Florida thanks to a 2016 amendment. However, there is now a statewide ban prohibiting people from smoking medical cannabis. Many people benefit health-wise from smoking marijuana, including Cathy Jordan who is using the drug to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She is challenging this state ban on smokable marijuana.

According to Orlando Weekly, whether patients can legally obtain medical cannabis to smoke is now in the hands of Judge Karen Gievers in Leon County. Read below for more details on the ban and what may happen next.

  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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