Being that I am a former prosecutor, it is appropriate to discuss Driving Under the Influence (DUI). First and foremost, the most popular misconception in that area is that driving under the influence is driving drunk. Most people picture a staggering person falling into his or her car and driving. But for the most part, most people may not be staggering. At first glance a person may appear okay. However, DUI is driving impaired. Statute 316.193 of the Florida criminal statute governs DUI. It defines DUI as a person driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the extent the person’s normal faculties are impaired. While that may be a handful, there are several elements in determining if someone is impaired. Read more..
Four Factors to Evaluate Monetary Value of Personal Injury Automobile Accident Cases
As a Personal Injury lawyer, I am amazed by the way that people involved in accidents evaluate their cases. For instance, I have heard prospective clients say that a friend or a relative has received $10,000.00 from a car accident, and as a result they expect to get that same amount. Some have demanded the policy limit that the tortfeasor (at-fault person) possesses. Clearly, many people have no idea how to evaluate the monetary damage of a personal injury automobile accident case. As such, this article will focus on the proper monetary evaluation of a car accident case. Read more..
DIVORCE AND ISSUES RELATED TO DIVORCE
Statistics say that half of all marriages will end up in a divorce. For many married couples, divorce is a real option. If a couple comes to that point, there is some important information that each person must know. First, there is no such thing as legal separation in Florida. There is no specific law defining legal separation in the Florida statutes, and Florida does not recognize legal separations. However, a couple seeking legal recognition of their physical separation without divorcing takes advantage of several different state laws. These include laws that permit child support during marital separation, grant the couple the ability to draft a marital separation agreement, and award alimony in certain cases of marital separation absent divorce. Even though the Florida courts don’t have specific rules for separation, the courts can take an active role in the process, and the parties are not prohibited from maintaining any other proceedings for other or additional relief during their separation. Read more.