Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce

The decision to file for divorce is a big decision. And there are a few things to consider before you file. First, we encourage our clients to seek a counselor or therapist for themselves and their children as a divorce is a big life change. It can be a very difficult time navigating the physical, mental and emotional changes that accompany a divorce and having the support of a licensed mental health professional Read More

Ways Time Sharing (Custody) Can be Granted in a Florida Divorce

Without a doubt, the number one thing on spouses’ minds before filing for divorce (and during the process) is their children. Will they still get to see them? Will they get custody of them? How much time will they have to spend with their ex?  These, and so many other questions, are the ones that keep parents up at night while they go through a divorce. Now, a divorcing couple can always come up with a parenting plan Read More

When am I Detained and When am I Arrested?

When you are interacting with a law enforcement officer in Fort Myers and you are not inside a police station or precinct, you can still be considered to be under arrest. Or, if the officer does not have probable cause to place you under arrest, there’s a good chance you are actually being detained. It’s common to be confused over whether or not you, during the course of interacting with a police officer, are being Read More

Video Voyeurism Laws in Florida

In Florida, you can expect the authorities to aggressively investigate and prosecute alleged video voyeurism. The crime of video voyeurism occurs when someone is “dressing, undressing, or privately exposing the body at a place and time when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Places with a reasonable expectation of privacy would exist include bathrooms, changing rooms, fitting rooms, tanning booths, Read More

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

In their head, many people have this idea of divorce as a long, drawn-out, painful process in which the court is their battleground and their innocent children are stuck in the middle. The truth is that not all divorces must be like this; in fact, the state of Florida tries to help couples avoid this situation as much as possible. Most divorcing couples are encouraged to seek an uncontested divorce, which is where Read More

3 Florida Breathalyzer Myths

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal offenses Americans are arrested for each year. A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on the rest of your life, which is why it is important to know what you are up against as soon as you see a police car’s lights in your rearview mirror. To help educate Florida drivers like you, we have laid out three misconceptions about breathalyzers so Read More

Stopped While Drinking and Driving? Keep These 5 Things in Mind

Before we dive into, allow me to point out the obvious: Don’t drink and drive! Avoiding a DUI arrest is the best defense. Prevention is key. Keep in mind that calling a taxi, Uber, a friend or even walking home will prevent you from putting yourself and others in serious danger. With that in mind, we all make mistakes. Drinking and driving in the State of Florida is illegal and can either be a misdemeanor or a felony Read More

What Happens to Those Labeled as Sex Offenders?

In addition to penalties (like fines and prison time) that result from a criminal conviction, there are often consequences that follow around those who have been found guilty of serious crimes after they have paid their debt to society. These are referred to as “collateral consequences,” and can dramatically affect people for the rest of their lives. A widely known collateral consequence of a sex crime conviction is Read More

Your First Florida DUI Conviction: What Do I Do?

If you have never been in trouble before, it is normal to be unsure about the events proceeding your arrest and uneasy about the judicial process. There are several DUI laws that have been implemented over the last few years which harden the penalties. Below are some of the most common questions regarding a first conviction and what to expect. What are the general consequences of a DUI conviction in the state of Read More

Your Three Course of Action Options When Arrested For DUI

This article is for anyone facing a DUI arrest in Florida. We often find that clients have no idea that they are facing two completely separate yet connected set of repercussions. The first being criminal consequences. The second is the administrative suspension that the DMV will impose. Typically, after you are arrested for DUI in Florida, you will have your license physically taken by the officer. The officer Read More