Many Floridians consume alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle. That choice is seen by a few as low risk because the penalties for drunk driving may not seem overly harsh. (The penalty for a first DUI/DWI offense is a fine of not less than $500 and probation and incarceration for no more than one year.) This calculation can be ruined, however, if a drunk driver has an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury. A resident of Plant City learned this lesson on the Fourth of July weekend.
Florida laws make drunk driving a serious crime. If alcohol is involved in an accident, and if injury or death occurs, the penalties are extremely harsh. A Bradenton woman now faces several criminal charges, including homicide, stemming from an accident that killed one of her passengers, a 29-year old man from Sarasota.
Divorcing couples in Florida who have minor children are required by statute to prepare and submit to the court a document called a "joint parenting plan." The plan is generally intended to resolve issues regarding physical custody, visitation and parent relocation. The court has the power to revise or reject the proposed plan. Obviously, preparation of a joint parenting plan is easier if each spouse can put aside any anger or hostility toward the other spouse and concentrate on the interests of the children.
The expungement of a Florida resident's criminal record makes it, in most cases, erased from the individual's history. An expungement seals a person's record and generally makes it undiscoverable through basic background checks.
The divorce process is never truly easy even in the most amicable of situations. After all, you and your spouse's lives are intertwined both financially and emotionally, and unwinding them can be a complicated and emotionally painful process.