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How does Florida handle minors who get caught with alcohol?

Quite a few students in high school and even more in college who have not reached the age of 21 will consume alcohol at some point, as alcohol consumption is a common factor in adolescence and college socialization. Still, just because it's a common practice doesn't mean it's risk-free.

Whether you snuck into a kegger despite not being 21 or begged an older sibling or friend to purchase alcohol for you, if you get caught while under the influence of alcohol as a minor in Florida, you could face some very serious consequences.

Fail a Breathalyzer test? You may have defensive options

Failing a Breathalyzer test can feel like a one-way ticket to a conviction, and for many drivers, it is. However, there are often ways to challenge Breathalyzer results or find other weaknesses in drunk driving charges.

Here in Florida, drunk driving charges mean a suspension of the driver's license, and the driver only has a short window of 10 days to appeal this suspension. No matter what circumstances led to your drunk driving charges, the sooner that you begin building your defense, the better. It is impossible to know which legal options you have available to defend your rights and freedoms until you begin this process, and you may find that you have more options than you realize.

Attempted solicitation in Florida could mean criminal charges

Certain actions are crimes for everyone involved, even if no one is a victim. Some people refer to these kinds of criminal offenses as consensual crimes. The sale of illegal drugs from one person to another is a form of consensual crime. Neither person is experiencing threat or direct harm by the other, and they engage in a volitional exchange of resources.

However, because the sale and possession of illegal drugs is against the law, both the person making the sale and the person purchasing the drugs could find themselves subject to criminal consequences. The same is true for prostitution under the law in Florida. All forms of prostitution, which involve sexual physical contact for financial gain, violate the state law.

Understanding laws on stalking in Florida

We all have a vague idea of what stalking is. Most of us imagine an instance of stalking to involve one person following another against their will. While this could count as a case of stalking under the law, stalking can happen in a variety of scenarios, especially in the digital age.

If you have been accused of stalking or aggravated stalking in Florida, it is important that you pay attention to the law since there can be legal variations from state to state. By understanding the law better, you will increase your chances of successfully defending yourself.

Is there a link between yelling and physical violence?

You get into an argument with your spouse, and it ends with the two of you yelling at each other. It's not something you anticipated when you got married, but the relationship has changed over the years. The two of you are under a lot of stress. Things got out of hand.

In fact, maybe the neighbors heard what was happening and someone called the police. As the squad car pulls up to the front door, you find yourself wondering if you have actually broken the law -- or just how close you got.

The 5 primary types of domestic violence

What comes to mind when you think of domestic violence? Like most, you may assume that domestic violence is always associated with physical abuse. While this is true in many cases, it's not the only type.

There are five primary types of domestic violence, which include the following:

  • Physical abuse: This is the most recognizable and common form of domestic violence. It involves any type of force against another person, such as punching, choking, slapping, biting or kicking.
  • Emotional abuse: It's often overlooked, but every bit as serious as physical abuse. This is typically associated with a person destroying the victim's self confidence, such as by persistent insults and criticism. Emotional abuse is commonly associated with another type, such as financial abuse.
  • Financial abuse: It's difficult to spot, but a common problem nonetheless. Financial abuse takes on many forms, such as a person prohibiting their spouse from working to maintain full control over their finances.
  • Sexual abuse: There are many forms of sexual abuse, with rape and sexual assault the most common. Sexual harassment also fits into this category.
  • Psychological abuse: Many types of behaviors fit into this domestic violence category, such as: continually threatening a person with an act of violence, preventing a person from leaving the home, preventing a person from talking to other people and using emotional blackmail to get what they want.

Are you eligible to have your juvenile criminal record expunged?

Maybe you made some poor decisions and mistakes as a minor. Everyone makes mistakes, but some are more serious than others and can land you in legal trouble. It’s only natural to worry that these bad decisions will haunt you for the rest of your life.

The good news is that the state of Florida expunges, or erases all records of your criminal history as a minor at age 21. Expungement makes it as if those incidents never happened. This is still true even if you served time in a juvenile correctional facility, only you must wait until age 26 to have your criminal record automatically expunged.

Obtaining a temporary restraining order for domestic violence

Relationships are difficult. You’ve been trying to work things out with your significant other in your life. An argument escalated and turned into physical violence . . . something you never thought was possible.

Now that it has happened, you need to take steps to protect yourself, children and any other family members. You need to file an injunction or restraining order that prevents your former partner or spouse from doing more harm.

Defending yourself against accusations of domestic violence

Domestic violence or assault charges can result from any number of circumstances. Sometimes, one spouse will intentionally make false allegations against the other in the hope of securing the upper hand in divorce proceedings. Other times, law enforcement may misinterpret a situation and unintentionally exacerbate things by treating what is simply an interpersonal conflict as a criminal issue.

Facing any kind of criminal charge related to domestic violence in Florida can feel like an impossible scenario, but it is not hopeless. As with any potential criminal charge, you have the right to defend yourself against allegations of domestic assault or violence. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney can improve your chances of a positive outcome.

Why some partners make false domestic violence accusations

There is nothing about domestic violence to take lightly when it is a reality for many people in abusive relationships. However, not everyone who cries wolf is telling the truth when law enforcement arrives at the door. When you are on the receiving end of a false allegation, you need serious legal defense.

Such accusations can ruin a person’s reputation and even cause detriment to their financial stability and overall future. You may be tempted to play the same blame game as your partner but avoid such tendency. Making false statements to law enforcement is not in your best interest when defending yourself against domestic violence.

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