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Hostile divorces, bitter custody battles and allegations of abuse

Is your spouse a toxic individual who will stop at nothing to gain the upper hand in your custody battle? Is your custody battle leading to more and more extreme allegations from your spouse that go to the very heart of your ability to parent and your moral fiber?

Watch out: You may be the target of false allegations of sexual abuse involving your children.

Should Big Pharma be held liable for opioid epidemic?

There is no doubt that the opioid epidemic is having a terrible impact on Florida and across the country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the rate of fatal opioid overdoses in Florida is increasing, especially in cases involving fentanyl. Even when opioid abuse does not cause deaths, it can result in life-changing addictions, health issues, financial problems and legal consequences.

This crisis is leading many to consider holding pharmaceutical companies responsible, including several presidential candidates. 

Can you drive after one drink?

Everyone knows that drunk driving is illegal and dangerous, yet many people do not think the law applies to them because they are not completely wasted. They are not staggering about after only one or two drinks, so it should mean they are good to drive, right?

Unfortunately, that logic is incorrect. Impairment from intoxication is a complex process that depends on numerous factors. Therefore, it is not safe to say you can drive after only consuming one alcoholic beverage for the following reasons.

False confessions: Why they happen

Why on earth, knowing the potential consequences, would someone confess to a crime they haven't committed?

Would it shock you to find out that 27% of homicide defendants who were later exonerated and listed on the National Registry of Exonerations confessed to the murder they were accused of committing?

When your only real offense is 'driving while black'

In order to pull over a car to look for a drunk or drugged driver, an officer has to have something known as probable cause.

In other words, there has to be a valid reason for the authorities to stop your car in the first place. They can't just randomly stop a car whenever they feel like it (although drunk driving checkpoints are another matter entirely). They also can't just randomly decide who to check for drunk driving or who might be carrying drugs in their vehicle or committing some other sort of crime.

Can you carry CBD oil or other products in Florida?

There's a ton of confusion out there regarding marijuana products -- especially CBD (cannabidiol) oil. Both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD are cannabinoids derived from the marijuana plant, but CBD doesn't give users a "high" like THC. CBD products, including oils, are appearing everywhere these days -- some with and some without small amounts of THC.

And that could be a problem in Florida. Here's why:

Know your rights when you're stopped by the police

One of the biggest problems facing ordinary citizens when they encounter the police is that they don't quite know their rights -- and the police don't seem to know them, either.

Take, for example, the incident involving a Philadelphia attorney who was dragged from her vehicle and charged with obstruction of justice because she declined to participate in a leading conversation with the officer who pulled her over for speeding. She had complied with his request for her license and registration but then exercised her right to remain silent -- which apparently put the officer in a rage.

Why ignition interlocks are not going away

It has been about 25 years since the first state incorporated ignition interlock devices into its sentencing practices. Since then, the remaining 49 states have all adopted DUI laws that mention these devices in some way. Although some states are more lenient in requiring IIDs, Florida may implement them after only one offense.

The big question remains: Why have IIDs become so prevalent? Do they actually work long-term?

Selling counterfeit goods online: How much trouble can it be?

Once upon a time, you had to look in some pretty shady places if you wanted to buy a fake Rolex or some other high-priced item. Even just a few years ago, you might have to figure out how to get on the "Dark Net" if you wanted to buy some high-quality knock-off goods.

Today, you can probably find what you're looking for on Instagram. If you can't find it there, it's probably on eBay or Amazon. The problem of counterfeit goods -- of varying qualities -- has become so bad that many sellers are hawking their fakes right out in the open. Shops specializing in counterfeit goods pop up, dump their knock-offs as quickly as possible and disappear again all the time.

Misdemeanors and felonies: Know the difference

Where criminal charges are concerned, there can be a fine line between a misdemeanor and a felony. If you find yourself facing charges, it's important to understand as much as possible about your situation. That's the best way to evaluate your options moving forward.

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