J. Melanie Slaughter, P.A.

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Man learns you cannot buy your way out of a DUI

Drivers might be familiar with the sudden nervous gut drop that accompanies the realization that the police are pulling you over. Sometimes, a driver may not know why the police are signaling to stop. In Florida, police are cracking down on violations like speeding and DUI. 

Recently, a man was stopped by Florida police after police attest that he seemed to be driving erratically, swerving and hitting the curb several times. When the driver did pull over, police say they saw open containers of alcohol in his car. The man did not speak English, so the police relied on one of the officers to translate. 

False allegations may affect child custody decision

Florida parents may be able to recall a situation in which frustration was felt toward another parent or legal guardian. Though it might be tempting to dig up dirt or give a court reason to decide in your favor, parents should be aware that if allegations made during a child custody battle cannot be proven, it could potentially spell big trouble for the person that made the report. Even if a parent fears they may not get the arrangement they want, parents should let the courts decide what is best for a child based on provable facts. 

Recently, a Florida policeman and father of a young child found himself in the middle of a custody battle with the child's mother. He called a child abuse hotline to report that the sitter the child's mother entrusted was abusing the child. Social workers tasked with determining if abuse had occurred could find no evidence to support the claim. 

What to do if your ex will not follow the time-sharing schedule

Divorce, as a whole, involves conflict, but issues surrounding the children can be especially contentious. It takes a lot of work to come up with a parenting plan, whether you two created the terms yourselves or the judge had to make the decision. It may bring you relief once that part is over.

However, what if your ex does not follow the time-sharing agreement? Perhaps he or she denies you of your rightful time with the children or is always late to pick up or drop off the kids. Whatever the issue, you have options to resolve it.

How to keep stress to a minimum in a Florida divorce

When you make the decision to end your marriage in a Florida court, you no doubt understand that it is going to have an impact on all aspects of your life, especially if you have children. While divorce disrupts kids' lives, it certainly doesn't have to ruin them. Knowing where to seek support to help you and your family cope is key to keeping stress levels low.

One of your highest priorities in divorce is to resolve child custody or child support issues. Also, problems regarding property division, marital assets or alimony can exacerbate stress levels, especially so in cases where spouses disagree. Finding a fair solution to a particular problem is easier if an experienced family law attorney is on hand to provide guidance and support to a concerned spouse.

Woman fired after DUI accusation

Innocent until proved guilty is the law of the land, but one Florida woman recently learned that an employer may not always be so patient. Being accused of DUI can affect a person before his or her case has even been adjudicated. She now faces charges in court and has become unemployed at the same time. 

The woman was employed as the child investigation supervisor for a Florida sheriff's department. Early one evening, deputies noticed a vehicle that was speeding and seemed to be swerving in and out of the lane. They pulled the vehicle over and discovered it was driven by the woman in question. 

Can you get a no contact order after harassment on social media?

In this day and age, it is not uncommon for people to use some form of social media on a daily basis. Florida has laws in place to combat cyber stalking and other forms of harassment online, but the laws regarding social media posts are a bit unclear. Recently, a woman was able to get a no contact order against a man who was harassing her under the guise of protest. 

The woman was an outspoken supporter of strict penalties and regulations for convicted sex offenders. This drew the ire of a man who feels that being convicted of such a crime should not follow a person for a lifetime. The man made videos and social media posts clearly directed at the victim, but since social media posts are considered to be a public forum, current law does not always allow the subject of such posts to get a no contact order. 

Parents facing child custody dilemma in Florida

A panel of experts was recently assembled to look into a growing problem for families in Florida. Children in Florida and several other states are having trouble gaining access to proper mental health care. While one might think a family that cannot afford such care would be given assistance from the state, this is not always the case. Some parents now feel forced to relinquish child custody so that their children can get the care they need. 

The investigation, sparked by a Florida lawmaker, has revealed that many desperate families are facing a gut-wrenching choice. Parents attest that while they have a child in the home that is in grave need of mental health care, the parents may not qualify for assistance even if they truly can't afford such services. These parents say that even if their child has had multiple documented mental health emergencies, they cannot provide the care recommended by professionals. 

Know your Miranda rights during a DUI arrest

Despite the constant warnings, many people in Florida still choose to drink and drive. In fact, a state priest recently ran into legal trouble when the cops saw him swerving through the road and almost hitting a fire hydrant. 

From the moment the police pull you over, you have your rights. The police cannot infringe on those rights, and if they do, then you can use that to your advantage in court. It is vital you understand your Miranda rights so that you can start building a case for any DUI charges you end up with. 

Sports entertainment star arrested for DUI

Florida residents may be fans of the WWE, which provides viewers with a unique experience branded as sports entertainment. Each week, thousands of Americans tune in to watch the flagship programs Smackdown and Raw, and many fans enjoy cheering for their favorite performers. This week, both Smackdown and RAW were filmed in front of a live crowd in Florida, and one performer, though victorious in the ring, was later arrested for DUI

Jimmy Uso comes from a family that has a long-standing history in the league. With his brother by his side, the pair has become a formidable opponent in the tag team division. His father and wife are also big names in the WWE universe, each with respective accomplishments. 

Are you prepared to deal with a divorce?

Florida residents might be ready to end a marriage. People decide to divorce for a myriad of reasons, and each divorce is unique. However, divorce, at its core, is a legal process, and it may be difficult to separate feelings and emotions from court proceedings. 

Many people feel overwhelmed and scared when considering what it will really be like to start over alone, without the presence of a spouse. Experts offer some handy tips to cope with the emotional aspects of a divorce. Though each individual may experience feelings ranging from anger to grief, there are some common threads that can help a person transition to a new way of life. 

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