Most Floridians know that a drunk driving conviction can result in serious penalties, including the suspension or revocation of one's driver's license, hefty fines, and even jail time. As severe as these penalties are, an individual can also be subjected to other, lesser known penalties, such as the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
The end of a marriage is a difficult process, even for Florida readers who are amicable and committed to working through issues in a rational, thoughtful manner. No matter how easy a divorce may be, it will still impact the youngest members of the family. In fact, children often bear the scars of their parents' divorce years, even decades, after it was final.
The law provides Floridians with a presumption of innocence until they are proven guilty of a criminal offense. This is no small thing. It shifts the burden to the state to present competent evidence that meets certain legal elements. Remembering this fact can give defendants the perspective needed to aggressively attack the prosecution's case, which may include limiting the prosecution's attempts to use an individual's criminal history as proof of guilt for a later offense.