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High school teacher faces drug charges

When individuals in Florida and elsewhere are charged with a crime, it is clear that it will have impacts on his or her life regardless if they are convicted or not. However, depending on a person's job, facing criminal allegations could crate hardships when it comes to keeping a job or even obtaining a new one.

This could be the problem faced by a teacher in Orange County. According to recent reports a 31-year-old teacher at Timber Creek High School was arrested for drug crimes. The social studies teacher is accused of possessing both cannabis and methamphetamines. These charges followed police officers on bike spotting the teacher walk with an open can of beer.

How can you find hidden assets during divorce?

Even if it is what you want, filing for divorce can make a person uneasy. Not only are they parting ways with a person he or she thought would be their spouse for life, but they need to grasp the fact that they soon will be single. And in order to start this post-divorce life they are working towards, a spouse must walk away from the marriage with what is rightfully theirs.

Property division is not always simple and straightforward. Sure, in some cases it can be apparent and obvious what items are separate property and what are considered marital property. However, in other matters, it can be complex to determine if a certain asset is marital, and if so, who it should go to. But if all assets are not on the table, ready for division, then it can be challenging to complete this process.

Property division can be fair but not equitable

Many things go through your mind when you file for divorce? While some couples in Florida and elsewhere might be thinking about whether they made the right choice, others are concerned about what their post-divorce life will look like. More importantly, what they will leave the marriage with in regards to assets, property and liability.

Property division is one of the most contentious divorce issues. It is also one of the most stressful. Emotions tend to run high, making it difficult to think straight. This can often cause spouses to say the wrong things, lengthening an already complex situation. But even when divorcing couples are able to agree to certain terms, they are often concerned if this is fair in the end.

How does simple dissolution differ from regular dissolution?

If you and your spouse are about to wind up your marriage, the state of Florida offers options, one of which is simple dissolution as opposed to regular dissolution.

Provided you can fulfill the requirements, a simple dissolution is just that: the easiest, most compatible way for both of you to end your marriage and go your separate ways.

Helping you take an aggressive approach against a drug charge

A drug charge could stem from a wide variety of situations in Florida and elsewhere. It could occur during a traffic stop, when an officer sees controlled substance in plain view, during a search subject to an arrest, when a search warrant is served or when police officers suspect suspicious activities occurring in public areas and investigate the situation. The situation that led to the drug charges can sometimes set the stage for a criminal defense.

Many defendants presume that police officers have the right and ability to stop and search anyone; however, this is not the case. These must be a reason to issue a stop, and that reason must be based on the reasonable suspicion that an illegal activity is taking or going to take place. At Cruz & Bano, P.A., our skilled attorneys understand that many individuals in Orlando are intimidated by the police, thinking they must allow them to search them. While this is true in some situation, our law firm is aware that many searches and seizures occur unlawfully.

What is a drug paraphernalia charge?

With the exception of prescription drugs used by the person they were prescribed to, most Florida residents are well aware that drugs are illegal to use and sell. Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroine are all controlled substances that could carry with them serious penalties if an individual is accused of using or selling these drugs. However, an individual does not have to be in possession of the actual drug to receive a drug charge. If a person has a device or item that is used for illegal drug usage, he or she could be charged for having drug paraphernalia.

What is a drug paraphernalia charge? Various acts could land a person with this charge; however, these charges are very dependent on whether the charges are brought under federal or state law. Under federal law, a person could face this charge is they sell or offer to sell drug paraphernalia, mail drug paraphernalia or transport it through interstate commerce or import or export drug paraphernalia.

Custody plans for when co-parenting is impossible

When married couples seek to expand their family, they are opening up their heart for more relationships. These relationships tend to be strong, causing parents to fight for these relationships in the event of dissolution.

Co-parenting is a common approach, especially for those seeking joint and equal custody. But what happens if parents cannot get along? Whether they had strife between them prior to divorce or they arose because of the divorce process, parents need to determine if co-parenting is their best option and if they can make it work even if they view it as impossible right now.

3 mistakes to avoid during divorce

When it is time to divorce, you and your spouse may find it is not as easy as it looks on television and in the movies. Mixing finances and lifestyles are much more enjoyable and easy to accomplish than separating them. Going through divorce in Orlando can become an emotionally scarring process that erupts into conflict. 

All divorces do not have to end in bitterness and feuds. Take some time to learn about common divorce mistakes to avoid. 

2018 brings changes to custody laws in Florida

With the New Year come many changes. While that might look like individuals in Florida and elsewhere making resolutions to eat better, exercise more, use technology less and learn something new, when it comes to state legislation, it means changes to existing laws. Those seeking a divorce is 2018 may be impacted by these changes, especially if there are children involved.

When parents divorce, their focus is on the best interests of the children. Additionally, parents are also focused on the time they get to spend with their child. Thus, parenting plans can have a huge impact on all of their lives. According to reports, the Florida legislature, as well as the courts, have begun overhauling family law rules for time-sharing agreements over the past several years.

What is considered domestic violence?

We all get in fights from time to time. While this might look like a simple tiff with a loved one, for others in Florida and elsewhere, this could elevate into a very damaging dispute. Although it might seem like a valid fight, it is possible to engage in domestic violence in the heat of the moment,. Because the criminal penalties can be harsh in such a situation, it is important to understand what this looks like and how to assert a defense against such allegations.

What is considered domestic violence? Based on the definition of the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence is when there is a pattern of abusive behavior in any type of relationship that is used as a mechanism to gain or maintain control over another. These could occur between spouses, partners, cohabitants, individuals that are dating, a parent and child and siblings.

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