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Discussing financial issues is key before marriage

When couples marry, they don't just merge their emotional lives, but their financial ones as well. However, too few couple discuss their current financial situations, including debts and assets, before they marry. Perhaps even fewer discuss their views on saving and spending and their financial goals for the future.

While discussing finances may be the last thing you want to do as you're planning for your wedding, your intended's debt and credit issues could become your own if you don't properly plan. That's just one reason why a prenuptial agreement is a wise idea, even if your partner isn't a tech billionaire and you're not set to inherit millions from your parents.

Boating under the influence has serious consequences

Summer is a great time for water festivals and parties. Many boat operators will drive a boat while they’re drinking or after having a few. Although licenses are not required for boat operators, it is possible to be charged with boating under the influence, or BUI. According to the Florida statutes, the penalties for a BUI are just as serious as for a DUI, although there are a few differences you should know about. 

A BUI has the same guidelines for blood alcohol content as a DUI, or 0.08 percent. However, it can often be difficult to tell who is operating a boat. In one case, the man driving the boat left the steering wheel to go to the bathroom. A young girl on the boat was killed when the boat crashed. Although the man was not actually at the wheel, he was considered to be the one driving the boat. 

Why you should know about the 'textalyzer'

Too many drivers still text behind the wheel, despite warnings about how dangerous it is as well as increasingly stringent penalties for those caught texting and driving.

If law enforcement officers believe that a driver involved in a crash was texting behind the wheel, they have to obtain a warrant for phone records if the driver doesn't willingly hand over his or her phone. That may not be as easy as it might seem, and it requires showing probable cause.

Survey: Presidential election has increased relationship discord

The number one source of discord among couples is money. However, politics is becoming an ever-increasing source of arguments and even break-ups according to a recent study. The 2016 presidential election was one of the most divisive in modern history, and the strong feelings that many people had last fall don't seem to have greatly dissipated.

A non-partisan polling company surveyed 1,000 people across the country. Nearly a quarter of the respondents said that "they and their partner have disagreed or argued about politics more than ever" since the election.

Can you be arrested just for resisting arrest?

Can you be arrested on no other charge than resisting arrest? While it's rare, it's possible. Usually resisting arrest or obstruction of justice charges are added to charges related to an illegal activity for which a person is being arrested in the first place.

In some cases, when police officers give people orders and they refuse to comply, they may choose to arrest them. Some critics argue that these arrests are made only to exert power and punish non-compliance. However, others say that allowing people to defy police orders can be dangerous for everyone involved.

A 10-year-old is charged with battery of educator in Okeechobee

A 10-year-old autistic student at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy was arrested by county deputies on April 12, 2017, for an allegedly battering an educational assistant at his school back in October. The boy's parents were blindsided upon hearing of his arrest, given that they were never made aware of any outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

The young boy, in mid-October, had begun having disciplinary problems. They started with him accusing an educational aide at his school of hurting him because he wouldn't provide him the necessary support to do his work. Although the aide allegedly committed to helping the boy more, it was later reported that the student pinched the aide in retaliation. The aide denied the incident occurring.

Florida's divorce rate leads to high stress rate for residents

Anyone who's been through a divorce or has watched their parents go through one knows how stressful it can be, even when the spouses part relatively amicably. Therefore, it's not surprising that Florida's divorce rate has landed our state at number 13 on the list of most-stressed states according to a study by the financial website WalletHub.

Florida ranks number three among all states and Washington, D.C. in its rate of divorce. Of the 33 factors that the study considered, that was the one where Florida fared the worst.

Young filmmaker found dead after diving in Florida

The loss of a child is never easy, especially when you know that something went wrong. A mother of a Canadian filmmaker has filed a lawsuit regarding the death of her son. According to the woman, her 37-year-old son was in peak physical condition when he went to swim with sharks in the Florida Keys. He died on that trip and was discovered three days later.

His mother filed the lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court accusing a number of people of negligence. One company that is part of the lawsuit is the Fort Lauderdale company Add Helium. This company had provided equipment used by the divers.

The penalties for criminal hacking are extensive and severe

Criminal penalties for hacking vary depending on the circumstances. Hacking takes place via the Internet in most cases, so you should know that you've violated a federal crime if you hacked into a computer or device. There are many federal statutes that address computer crimes that could be used against you.

Where can you find information on how hacking crimes are penalized?

Can you get your criminal record expunged?

There are thousands of people in the state of Florida who have criminal records despite the fact that they have never been tried or convicted of any crime. This may happen when people are charged mistakenly and later find the charges are dropped, or when they are arrested but subsequently not charged for whatever reason.


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