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Drunk driving charges and the walk-and-turn test

Drunk driving charges are nothing to laugh at. In fact, a drunk driving conviction can carry significant penalties that can have long-lasting consequences. To avoid these penalties and their ramifications, accused individuals need to carefully plan how to build the strongest criminal defense possible under the circumstances. One of the first steps in doing so is understanding how the prosecution builds drunk driving cases.Oftentimes, prosecutors look to evidence gathered by law enforcement officials during routine traffic stops to help build their cases. This usually includes field sobriety tests. One commonly utilized field sobriety test is the walk-and-turn test.Here, a police officer requires a suspected drunk driver to take a certain number of steps in a heel-to-toe fashion along a straight line.

After taking the steps, the test subject is expected to turn and take an equal amount of steps in the heel-to-toe fashion along the same straight line. While taking these steps, an individual is supposed to keep his or her arms stretched out to his or her side.

Fort Myers raid leads to multiple drug charges

Drug crimes can carry serious penalties for those who are convicted. Making matters worse is the fact that many drug charges are accompanied by other allegations of criminal wrongdoing, which can increase the potential consequences.

However, by developing a criminal defense that fits the particular facts at hand, a Floridian may be able to accept reduced charges and penalties, or it may even be possible to have charges dismissed or win an acquittal at trial.

Florida's parental relocation law

There are a wide variety of legal issues that can arise during the marriage dissolution process. Property division and spousal support may be primary financial concerns, but many Floridians who have children would agree that child custody and visitation is the most important consideration when divorcing.

Whether through divorce negotiations or litigation, a child custody determination and visitation arrangement will be ordered, but unlike many of the other divorce issues, child custody and visitation arrangements are subject to modification as life changes occur.

Top reasons for college student arrests in Lee County

College can be an exciting time where students chase their aspirations and build life-long friendships. At the same time, college is also full of young and inexperienced adults who can be reckless when it comes to decision-making. With tens of thousands of students on campus who are likely to engage in rowdy party scenes, it is not uncommon to hear about college students facing criminal charges.

Lee County is no stranger to college student crimes. With schools like Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Florida South Western State College (FSW), and Hodges University in the area, the local crime rates are bound to be impacted. While each school faces its own share of alleged criminal activity, there are some charges that stand out among the crime logs of all colleges:

Equitable property division in a Florida divorce

Divorce is rarely an easy process. In many instances, there is just too much at stake for the parties to amicably resolve all legal issues related to the marriage dissolution process.

One of the major sticking points of divorce is property division. After all, the outcome of this issue can completely define one's post-divorce financial position for years, perhaps even decades, to come. A lot of times there are also a lot of emotions tied up in personal property, so trying to figure out how to divide those assets can lead to significant conflict.

What is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test?

Floridians who are suspected of drunk driving are usually subjected to a number of field sobriety tests. The results of these tests may dictate whether criminal charges for drunk driving are filed, and they can play a powerful part in a prosecutor's case. Therefore, those who are accused of driving while intoxicated need to ensure they understand these field sobriety tests and how to fight back against them in a court of law.

One commonly used field sobriety test is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. This test looks for involuntary jerking of the eyes, also known as nystagmus, which is caused by intoxication. To conduct the test, a police officer will first observe a driver's eyes at rest to see if nystagmus can be detected. If so, then the involuntary movements may be attributable to a medical condition rather than intoxication.

Fortnite: A divorce cause?

The rise of online gaming has had many effects out in the world. Does this include impacts on marriages? Yes, a recent report coming from the U.K. suggests.

The report regards the popular online game Fortnite. This game has over 125 million registered players worldwide. According to the report, Fortnite addiction has started to show up as a cited factor in divorces.

Ride-sharing services may impact DUI rates

In recent years, ride-sharing has become increasingly popular in states across the country. Utilizing this service is fairly simple: All one has to do is download an app on their phone and hit a button. Your ride will oftentimes show up in less than five minutes. Ride-sharing services are appealing for multiple reasons. The app is easy to use, the ride is usually cheaper than a taxi and it can be a safer option than walking at night.

What should you include in a parenting plan?

If you and your spouse recently split, it could have been hard on your kids. Though you could not make your marriage work, you still want to be there for your children and be good parents. In order for this to happen, you will have to figure out a parenting plan that will work for you, your ex and most importantly, your kids.

Creating a successful parenting plan can be difficult, but it is important.

3 incriminating effects of social media posts during divorce

People of all ages are known to have social media profiles in today's world. It is not uncommon to share all kinds of personal life events, thoughts, feelings and oftentimes nonsensical information to a sea of online users. However, social media can become a damaging platform when you are going through a divorce.

Divorces often bring out the worst in people, especially when you are displaying your marital split publicly online. Your rants, photos and any defaming behavior is being recorded with every upload and post you submit. You may be causing harm in and outside of the courtroom without ever realizing it.

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