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An Overview of Underage Drinking Laws

shutterstock_337113332In every state in the nation, it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol, with very few exceptions to the latter. There are laws related to these that make it illegal for a person 21-years of age or older to purchase, serve or provide alcohol to minors. Many people who find themselves charged with underage consumption or underage drinking are adults, or 18 and older.

Any person who is convicted of underage consumption or underage drinking may find themselves facing a number of consequences. These include:

  • A suspension or revocation of driver’s license
  • Fines
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Pros and Cons of Trying Juveniles in Adult Court

shutterstock_1244745There are many crimes for which a juvenile may be held accountable in the same way as an adult. When a child commits a serious felony, they may appear in front of a judge and jury in the adult system and have their sentence handed to them by a group of people that doesn’t understand their history or emotional state. This can be very frightening for parents and guardians.

While their are definite disadvantages to being tried in adult court, their are advantages as well. Here is a list of both.

Advantages of Being Heard in Adult Court

In certain cases, it is in the child’s best interest to be … Read More

Avoid False Allegations of Child Abuse

classroom for childrenChild abuse is a serious crime to be sure. Unfortunately, people are falsely accused of this crime each year. Being falsely accused of child abuse can have lifelong consequences. Even when a person is acquitted of the charges, they have typically been so after spending thousands of dollars in attorney fees and incurred severe damage to their reputation. Particularly at risk are people who work with children on a daily basis. Taking steps to minimize false allegations of child abuse is important.

Reasons for False Accusations

People make false allegations for a variety of reasons. Children … Read More

Steps to Take When Falsely Accused

black and white hands on cuffsBeing investigated for a crime that you have committed is stressful, to say the least. Being investigated for a crime that you didn’t commit can be downright frightening. If you find yourself being investigated for a crime you didn’t commit, you must take steps to protect yourself immediately.

People are mistakenly charged with crimes more often than we would like to think about. In some instances, a witness identifies the wrong person. In other cases, an innocent person can be suspected due to circumstances beyond their control. An investigation may lead to official charges … Read More

Is It Kidnapping If It’s Your Own Child?

young girl wearing backpack holding dad's handIt’s an unfortunate fact that many custody disputes end up with a child in a sort of tug-of-war between parents. Children cannot be split in two, and one parent loses. Depending on the relationship between the adults and the feelings that surface, one parent may decide to not return the child after visitation, take the child out of state, or even leave the country. Can a parent be charged with kidnapping their own child? The answer is “yes.”

Most states do not have a specific penal code for parental kidnapping. Instead, the crime is covered under general kidnapping laws. Whether… Read More

Best Halloween Parties in Orlando

haunted-house-with-batsIf you are looking for something to do in Orlando this Halloween, you are in luck. There is no shortage of events in the tourist capital of Florida. Ghouls and goblins will be bringing out their best as they work to pamper your little ones and frighten your older ones. Here are the top things to do in the city for Halloween.

1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Head over to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. The even is recurring on select nights, now until Halloween. Dress up in your favorite costume, take the kids trick-or-treating and mingle with Disney… Read More

Getting Home Sober After a Halloween Party

young-people-posing-in-halloween-hats-and-with-pumpkinsHalloween is almost upon us and if you are like many, you are planning the festivities. If you will be attending a bash outside of your own home, getting back to your house safely at the end of the night should be one of your top priorities. The good news is that you don’t have to abstain from alcohol to make it home in one piece. The bad news is that some people won’t heed the following advice.

1. Steady on the Shots

You aren’t alone if you can throw back the shots without thinking about it. One shot turns to two turns to three and so on. It seems that every time you turn around, someone is buying… Read More

Understanding the Dangers of Fentanyl

tablet-with-the-chemical-formula-of-fentanyl-drugs-and-narcoticsPrince, the music icon, died in the spring. Later, it was learned that he overdosed on the drug Fentanyl. Like Prince before them, hundreds of people have lost their lives in recent months due to the drug. The opioid painkiller is taking the lives of many, and most don’t have a prescription. But what is Fentanyl?

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an opioid painkiller that has become the number one choice of doctors. It first appeared in the 1960s, called Sublimaze. It was used as a cancer treatment, first as a transdermal patch. The drug is fast acting, and many doctors used it in combination with… Read More

Information About Hate Crimes in Florida

In the state of Florida, hate crimes are as recognized those that are based on bias or prejudice against a protected class of people. Classifying a crime as a hate crime is based upon the motivation of the person who stands accused of the crime. The nature of the crime is not in play. It may be a burglary or an assault or worse. It is the motivation behind the crime that turns its classification into that of a hate crime.

Local police departments and other law enforcement agencies have adopted a zero tolerance stance when it comes to hate crimes. These crimes are investigated as serious no matter the circumstances.… Read More

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Florida

Nothing brings the country together in the spirit of giving like a natural disaster, and Hurricane Matthew is no different. Leaving hundreds of people dead in its wake, the storm was downgraded before it reached Florida, but it still caused massive damage. People will be cleaning up from the storm in the weeks and months to come, and many people will need to replace thousands of dollars’ worth of items they have lost. If you want to help these people get back on their feet, there are things you can do to help make that happen.

1. Donate to the Red Cross

The Red Cross has assembled more than 500 workers… Read More


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