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Teen computer hacking: Harmless fun or federal crime?

Parents in Florida towns and cities are not strangers to the online mischief their teens may cause. Precocious computer wizards, teens often hack into their parents' social media accounts for fun, then startle mom or dad with some personal details a parent may not want to include in the family history.

At the same time, parents are understandably proud of their budding computer expert. They see a bright future ahead for their son or daughter at MIT, followed by a high-profile information technology career with a major global company. After all, a pair of unknown hackers—Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—earned legend status when they founded Apple, Inc. Bill Gates, no slouch at hacking, went on to become the luminary co-founder of Microsoft.

Assumption of sole child custody giving way to joint custody

Few parents want to purposefully put their children in a position that could cause them to suffer. However, many Florida parents may feel as if that is what they are doing when they choose to divorce. Certainly, ending a marriage can cause a considerable amount of emotional turmoil for children, but finding the right child custody arrangements may help lessen any lasting effects.

Of course, finding the right terms is not always an easy task. Some parents may no longer get along, and as a result, one parent may feel better suited for caring for the children and want to fight for sole custody. However, obtaining sole custody may not be as easy as it once was. Though mothers were commonly favored in the past for obtaining sole custody, the times have changed considerably.

Parents facing charges for neglect after child found in park

Most parents would do anything for their children. Of course, parenting is not always easy, and individuals can quickly become overwhelmed and forgetful, especially if they have multiple children. However, if that forgetfulness involves leaving a child out in public, it is likely that charges for neglect will come about.

It was recently reported that this type of scenario took place in Florida. Apparently, a 2-year-old girl was found in a park on her own. Police officers were presumably alerted to her presence, and though they searched the park and surrounding area for her parents, they were unable to locate them. Officers then posted a picture of the child on social media in further efforts to find her family.

Suspicion and hostility during divorce may mean extra steps

Many people want to end their marriages because they are no longer happy in a relationship with their spouse. This scenario could mean different things to different people. For example, some Florida residents may want to end their marriages and never speak to their exes again, and others may want to divorce but also remain amicable with their exes.

The way a person feels about ending the marriage and about his or her soon-to-be ex could have a considerable effect on the divorce proceedings. For instance, some people may wonder whether they need to or have to talk to their spouses while going through divorce. In some cases, having an open dialogue throughout the proceedings can help with making decisions more quickly and amicably. Of course, in other cases, if individuals have a considerable amount of hostility toward each other, it may be wiser to refrain from speaking if conversations cannot be civil.

Man charged with domestic violence after throwing cookie

In many cases, individuals who face criminal charges often wonder whether the charges are really warranted for the incident. Nonetheless, when formal charges are filed, the person accused must take his or her situation seriously in order to defend against the allegations, especially for instances of domestic violence. Often, the details of the event can prove immensely useful as part of the defense.

One man in Florida may feel as if his situation was blown out of proportion, but still, he faces a serious predicament. According to reports, authorities were called to respond to an incident between the man and his girlfriend. Apparently, the girlfriend told police that the man had thrown a cookie at her, which struck her in the forehead. The report indicated that officers saw a red mark on the woman's forehead.

How much does a Florida DUI raise your auto insurance rates?

Seeing those blue lights appear in your rear-view mirror can be tremendously unsettling, especially if you consumed any alcohol before getting behind the wheel of your car. If the law enforcement official who stops you gets the impression that you have, in fact, been drinking, he or she will likely conduct a breath test and, if appropriate, charge you with driving under the influence.

If that DUI charge ultimately leads to a conviction, you can anticipate facing some hefty consequences, which might include anything from up to six months behind bars to community service obligations and a loss of licensure. You will likely also have to pay considerable fines after a DUI conviction, and while these fines can set you back quite a bit financially, your DUI may, too, lead to financial hardship in other areas. More specifically, you can expect that your automotive insurance rates will rise substantially following a Florida DUI conviction, which can make it increasingly difficult to stay on top of your finances.

Review of criminal defense options may help with DUI manslaughter

When a motor vehicle accident occurs, the possibility exists that criminal charges could stem from the event, depending on the circumstances. Authorities have the duty of investigating these events to determine what factors contributed. If alcohol is suspected, charges could result, and if a death also occurred, an accused person will certainly want to explore his or her criminal defense options.

It was reported that one man was recently taken into custody in relation to a fatal motorcycle accident that took place last year in Florida. Apparently, the man was driving a motorcycle and a female passenger was also on the vehicle. The man reportedly entered a roundabout and failed to successfully travel through the circle. As a result, the motorcycle crashed into a wall around the roundabout's center island.

Divorce at an older age becoming more common

There is no set age at which people choose to end their marriages. Some people may only be married for a few short months at a young age before deciding the relationship was not for them, and other couples may have been married for decades before choosing divorce. However, it does appear that more older people are getting divorced as of late.

Some Florida residents over the age of 50 may be considering this course of action themselves. It would not be uncommon as one in four divorce cases in the United States involve a person over the age of 50. This statistic shows an increase since 1990, which saw a person over 50 in one in every 10 divorces. Because there is less stigma regarding divorce these days, many older people are choosing to live single lives even though they have been married for decades.

Lack of affection and trust could point a couple toward divorce

That elated feeling that can come along with finding a new love is one that many people strive to find. Some Florida residents may think that they have found the perfect partners to feel that way forever, and as a result, they get married. Of course, such feelings often wane over time, and in some cases, individuals may find themselves considering divorce.

Feelings of love and displays of affection often make relationships exciting. These actions may last while dating and possibly even through the first few years of marriage. However, if the dynamic and level of affection change over the first two years of a marriage, it could signal that a couple may head toward divorce. Less affection may seem like less commitment, and some couples may find that the spark is no longer there.

False accusations present need for domestic violence defense

When feeling hurt or wanting badly to get their way, some people may resort to spiteful actions. In some cases, these actions may not have drastic repercussions, but some individuals may go too far and make serious accusations against another person. For instance, if someone wants to get his or her way in a divorce, it is possible for false accusations of domestic violence to come about.

Though these accusations can certainly result in a Florida court looking more negatively on the accused during divorce proceedings, they can also lead to criminal charges. A judge may issue a protective order to keep the accused person away from the other party and possibly their children. This type of outcome is often the goal of someone making false accusations.

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