J. Melanie Slaughter, P.A.

Ocala Criminal Defense And Family Law Blog

No contact orders protect victims

Florida residents may be able to recall a time in life in which they had cause to fear another person. If someone has been abused, harassed or otherwise harmed by an individual, he or she may want to look into no contact orders. A no contact order is a legal document signed by a judge and enforceable by law, preventing an aggressor from having any further communication with a victim. 

No contact orders can help prevent future abuse or harassment. When a person gets an order against another party, that person can rest assured that if the party in question violates the order in any way, he or she can face serious consequences. Police treat violations of no contact orders like a crime, and a person who violates one faces arrest and criminal prosecution. 

Local sheriff named in paternity suit

Florida parents may know that when they are expecting a child, there is more to preparation than buying clothes, blankets and toys. Legally, when a child is born, paternity must be established. If the parents are married, the husband is presumed to be the father. If parents are not married and the child is born out of wedlock, paternity must be established another way. 

Recently, a local sheriff was named as the defendant in a paternity suit filed by a Florida woman, pending the birth of her child next year. The woman explains that she was romantically involved with the man, and the pair then conceived a child. The sheriff had allegedly urged the woman to terminate the pregnancy, but she refused. 

How to handle child custody disputes

Many Florida parents may be familiar with the stress that can occur when an argument about custody arises. Sometimes it can be quite difficult for parents to discuss custody, and when there is a dispute, a situation can quickly escalate. Parents should be aware that when it comes to child custody disputes, it is often not a good idea to try to handle it alone. 

Recently, two parents began to argue about child custody arrangements via text message. Neither of them was willing to budge, and the situation quickly became serious. The father, angered by his ex, decided to drive to her home where she lives with their children and her new boyfriend. 

Could drug court help keep you out of jail?

As a Florida resident facing a drug charge, concerns about whether you may have to spend some time behind bars might be keeping you up at night. Drugs have the capacity to make good people act in ways they otherwise would not, but drug courts seek to combat this problem by targeting the drug addiction itself, which is frequently the root cause of criminal behavior.

According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, there are currently about 3,000 drug courts in operation in the United States. While they are not yet in place in all areas, they are becoming an increasingly important part of the justice system as more and more communities begin to recognize just how effective they can be at combatting addiction and crime.

Establishing paternity an important part of parenting

Preparing for the birth of a child can be one if the most exciting life experiences a person may have. As the due date grows closer, mothers and fathers might make arrangements to get everything ready ahead of time. Florida parents should be aware, however, that even after a child is born, there are still some important steps to take. One of these is establishing paternity.

Establishing the paternity of a child is a necessary task. This important step helps to ensure that a child can be legally claimed by both biological parents. In Florida, if a couple is married, the husband is presumed to be the father. If the parents are not married, paternity can be established voluntarily or through a court order. 

How you can receive a DUI charge for prescription drugs

As an Ocala area motorist, you are probably aware of how driving while under the influence of alcohol can lead to DUI charges. What you might not realize is how the use of prescription drugs can lead to criminal charges.

Many people do not realize that some prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can impair their driving skills. It is not uncommon for individuals to use a combination of medications to manage their health conditions. If you currently take medication for a health condition or to ease the symptoms of allergies, you should consider how they can affect you and your driving performance before you get in the driver’s seat. 

Birthday celebration ends with DUI charges

Florida drivers are likely aware that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law and can result in serious charges. Sometimes, drivers may not be thinking clearly because they have something else on their mind. Recently, a young man was excited to be out with friends celebrating his birthday when an accident left him facing charges of DUI

Police allege that the Florida man had been enjoying an evening with friends to celebrate his 27th birthday. At some point in the evening, the young man and his friend decided to leave the party. The driver was involved in an accident when his car went off the road. 

Deputy to be fired amid DUI allegations

Florida residents may be familiar with a popular television series that gives viewers a first-person view of police officers on duty. Viewers tune in each week to see officers respond to calls, enforce the law and help people in need. Though certainly, police officers are often the first representatives of law enforcement, officers themselves are not immune from prosecution. One officer who appears on such a show is being fired amid allegations of DUI

The trouble began when the Florida officer wrecked his vehicle into a parked car. No injuries were reported. It is not known if he was on duty at the time of the crash. He was charged with several DUI offenses, including DUI with property damage. 

Biological father charged for violating child custody order

Florida parents may understand the heartache that can come when parents who do not share a household argue over custody. Sometimes, it can be difficult for a parent to obey a child custody order that limits or prohibits the individual from spending time with his or her children. Parents should be aware, however, that when it comes to matters of child custody, it is against the law to take matters into one's own hands, and if such an order is found to have been violated, a parent can face serious criminal charges. 

Last spring, a Florida boy was reported missing. His disappearance was reported to authorities. The child's biological father lived in another state, but authorities had trouble locating the man to question him about the possible whereabouts of his son. 

Should you refuse a field sobriety test in Florida?

Most Floridians are well aware of the serious consequences associated with a DUI conviction. One Florida resident went so far as to jump into the ocean to escape from law enforcement although the police eventually apprehended him. 

In the event police officers pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they may ask you to perform various field sobriety tests to determine if you drank alcohol that evening. Many people do not realize they can actually refuse such tests. There may be circumstances where refusing can actually work against you, but it is an option to consider. 

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