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DivorceOur main focus in family law is the dissolution of marriage, or divorce. Florida is considered a "no fault" divorce state, which means that irreconcilable differences can be valid grounds for a divorce. Divorces can be uncontested or contested: in uncontested cases, the issues such as child custody and division of assets and debts have been settled. In a contested divorce, the parties have not agreed upon one or more of these issues. Even if the divorce is uncontested, it can be important to get an attorney involved so the process of filing the divorce and guiding it through the court system is quick and seamless.
Child SupportOur practice in this area ranges from initial determinations of support to At Draper Law Office, we can help you through every aspect of the process of paying or receiving child support. We can help with the initial determination of support, as well as any modifications of the original order of support. We also can provide you representation at any Department of Revenue or Child Support Enforcement hearings.
Child Custody and VisitationFamily law is a broad name for many different possible cases – from injunctions due to domestic violence, dissolutions of marriage, and child custody cases. At Draper Law Office, we work with you to get through this difficult time by offering a level head and sound legal advice as you go through the process.
AdoptionIf you are considering a stepparent adoption case, contact us today toll free at 1-866-767-4711 or via our online contact form. We are happy to serve everyone in the Central Florida area, with offices conveniently located in Orlando, Kissimmee, and St. Cloud.
PaternityIf a parent receives state assistance and cares for a child, establishing paternity will ensure both parents also provide financial support. Establishing paternity also may allow a child to receive health insurance, social insurance, and even veteran’s benefits. Through an established paternity, a child may be able to prove the right to inheritance.
Premarital AgreementEquitable Distribution refers to the division between spouses of tangible and intangible property, real property, assets and debts, and usually occurs in conjunction with the Dissolution of Marriage action. Equitable is not necessarily synonymous with equal in all cases. In Florida, it is first determined if either spouse has “non marital” property owned separately and not subject to division in the divorce. This separate property can include items or property listed in a premarital agreement, and any income from this property that has been kept separate, inheritance and even debt.
GuardianshipChildren may be adopted by their step-parent as a necessity - for all of the legal reasons listed above. By being a legal parent of a step child, all guardianship and medical release issues are also resolved. There are many other reasons that someone may want to go through with an uncontested step-parent adoption as well - for example, what happens if you haven’t adopted your step child and your partner dies? You would have no legal relationship with the step-child, which could lead to the loss of visitation rights in the future. It also shows a commitment to the child which might provide them with emotional security. Furthermore, it also gives them status and rights that are indistinguishable from any biological children you have, which could help with any sibling jealousy.
Spousal SupportAlimony is referred to by many different names, including spousal support or maintenance. Alimony may be rewarded to a spouse in a divorce when they believe that they have a need for financial assistance and the other party has an ability to pay. It can be awarded as temporary, until the final divorce hearing is held, or it can be “permanent”. “Permanent” alimony may be awarded after a long term marriage (17 years or more), a moderately long marriage with certain circumstances, or a short marriage with exceptional circumstances. It may be periodic or lump sum. If permanent alimony payments are not appropriate, durational payments might be awarded to provide economic assistance for a set period of time not to exceed the length of the marriage. The court also may award rehabilitative alimony, based upon a plan for education or training a spouse to re-enter the workforce.
Property DamageThe attorneys at Draper Law Office can help you in the recovery of property damage to your vehicle, as well as for medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. In the case of serious injury, you may also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, physical impairment, scarring, disfigurement, and diminished capacity for the enjoyment of life.
Personal InjuryThe laws governing right of way when it comes to pedestrians and motor traffic are there to protect all parties from injury. But sometimes, injuries still happen. According to these laws, drivers are required to exercise care in avoiding pedestrians, while pedestrians are required to respect traffic laws in regards to crosswalks, sidewalks, and standing or crossing in the roadway. Even with caution, though, accidents can happen, and they can be extremely dangerous or even deadly for the pedestrians involved. Pedestrian accidents are just one of the types of personal injury and death cases that Draper Law Offices specializes in.
Dog BitesAt the Draper Law Office, our attorneys offer the best in help for personal injury, family, and criminal law. Our personal injury services also cover wrongful death suits. These suits cover a variety of accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, drowning accidents, dog bites, hotel and restaurant accidents, insurance disputes and more.
Criminal DefenseIf you are involved in a criminal law case and need advice about whether to take it to trial or negotiate with the State, contact the Draper Law Office today. Our criminal defense attorneys work with clients in the Central Florida area to get them the best possible outcome to their cases. Call us toll free at 1-866-767-4711 or contact us via our online form.
DUI/DWIAlong with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License (DWLSR) charges is another common offense in the State of Florida. When being charged, many are surprised that this is even a crime, but it is, and the charges associated with it can vary greatly, from civil (or non-criminal) traffic infraction charges to felony charges.
Wrongful DeathPersonal injury and wrongful death cases are life-changing events for you or your loved ones. They are caused by the negligence or intentional conduct of others, resulting in serious injury or sometimes death. There are many situations that can be classified as personal injury lawsuits including slip and falls, vehicle accidents, defective products, and much more. Likewise, personal injury cases can happen anywhere, including restaurants, theme parks, hotels, etc.
Traffic ViolationsBesides Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, or DWLSR, there are other traffic crimes that someone can also be charged with. They include, but are not limited to: reckless driving, racing on the highway, vehicular manslaughter, and allowing an unauthorized minor to drive.
Sex CrimesThere are a variety of charges, including aforementioned battery, which can qualify as examples of domestic abuse. They include keeping a partner from contacting family and friends, withholding money, stopping a partner from getting a job, actual or threatened physical harm, sexual assault, stalking and intimidation. Although the emotional, psychological and financial abuse aspects are not criminal behaviors, they can lead to criminal behaviors, like hitting, pushing, shoving, and sexual abuse, like unwanted or forced sexual activity, as well as stalking.
BurglaryBurglary and trespass cases can sometimes be confusing. Often, burglary is confused with theft crimes. But not all burglary crimes require an element of theft, and in fact, burglary crimes relate closer to trespass cases than theft cases. Burglary occurs when someone enters into a structure illegally with intent to commit a crime within, whether it be theft or anything else.
MisdemeanorsDepending on the item stolen, theft cases can range from misdemeanors to felonies. By definition, theft refers to when a person “knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property or appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.” Depending on what was taken, the defendant can be charged with different counts.
Drug CrimesLike all criminal cases, there are a variety of possible drug charges that someone can be charged with. Depending on the severity of these charges, they can also carry a large variety of penalties. In general, drug charges in the state of Florida fall under three categories: drug possession, drug dealing, and drug trafficking. There are further distinctions within these categories, depending on the kind of drug and the amount of drugs that are found when the criminal case is being made.
MurderResisting an Officer refers to any attempt to obstruct, oppose, or endeavor to prevent an officer from executing his or her duties. There are different levels of resisting an Officer, whether it is with or without violence. Fish and Game Violations can range as well, and include not obtaining the proper permits for hunting or fishing. Battery refers to the criminal offense of unlawful physical contact. Simple battery refers to the touching against another that results in harmful or offensive contact. Aggravated battery is a serious felony offense and often involves the loss of the victim’s limb, some other sort of disfigurement or the use of anything item. Worthless check charges are filed against anyone who has issued a check fraudulently or without funds and refuse to offer restitution to the party who received the check. Kidnapping charges are filed against an individual who has unlawfully seized and/or carried away a person by either fraud or force, or who has seized or detained a person against his or her will with the intent to carry the person away at a later time. Finally, murder charges range in degree, but in general refers to the killing of a human being by a sane person with intent and malice aforethought, with no legal excuse or authority.
ShopliftingOne of the distinctions of theft is “Grand Theft.” Grand theft refers to theft in which any property taken has a value of more than $300. The classification of this type of theft is a felony in the third degree and it is punishable with up to five years in prison. Petit theft refers to the taking of any property that is valued less than $300. Any property valued more than $100, but less than $300 is classified as a misdemeanor in the first degree, and can be punishable with up to one year of incarceration. Shoplifting, sometimes referred to as “retail theft,” is committed when someone deprives a merchant or business of any property illegally. As with grand theft and petit theft, it is classified as a felony or misdemeanor depending on how much property was stolen. Beyond theft, you can also be charged with dealing in stolen property if you traffic or intend to traffic in the dealings of stolen property.
Restraining OrderDraper Law Office is dedicated to helping in a variety of family law cases, including working with injunctions and domestic violence cases. Injunctions are also known as restraining orders, or Orders of Protection. There are four types of civil injunctions that can be filed with the Clerk of Court: domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and repeat violence. Each has different requirements based upon your relationship with the other person and what occurred.
KidnappingBesides the aforementioned felonies and misdemeanors, there are many other crimes which you can be charged with that would require representation of a criminal defense attorney. These crimes include Resisting an Officer with or without Violence, Fish and Game Violations, Simple Felony or Aggravated Battery, Stalking, Aggravated Stalking, Worthless Check Charges, Kidnapping and Murder. Like all criminal charges, these can obviously range in penalties.
ManslaughterReckless driving is any behavior that is dangerous under the circumstances. Reckless driving charges can occur when you are driving too fast for the conditions, have too many passengers in the car, are cutting in and out of traffic, failing to yield to other vehicles, or performing any other negligent acts. Racing on the highway is exactly as it sounds - it is participation in any race, speed competition or contest, drag racing or acceleration contest, or test of physical endurance. Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of causing the death of a human being due to the illegal driving of an automobile. Ways that death can occur include gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding. Finally, allowing an unauthorized minor to drive means allowing or knowingly permitting a minor under the age of 18 to drive a motor vehicle upon any highway when it is unlawful for them to do so.
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