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The Financial and Emotional Costs of a Divorce

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

In Florida, the average cost of a divorce is about $15,000. But the average cost of a divorce is like the average cost of a house or a car. There is so much difference between the low end and high end that an “average” figure is almost meaningless. Nevertheless, a divorce almost always costs… Read More »


What is a DUI Chemical Test, and Do I Have to Consent?

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

There are four basic ways that the police can test for intoxication, in order to determine whether a person is fit to drive or is driving while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance. These are (a) field sobriety tests, which are subjective tests that give early indications of intoxication; (b) breath… Read More »


Some Effective Defenses to Assault Charges

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

In late summer and early fall, conditions are often ideal for violent assaults. There is a direct relationship between warm weather and assaults. The effect is not as pronounced during the height of summer. When temperatures get too high, people stay inside. Ordinary assault, which is a misdemeanor, is an intentional (non-accidental) assault. Physical… Read More »


Classifying and Dividing Property in a Florida Divorce

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Like most other jurisdictions, the Sunshine State is an equitable division jurisdiction. A divorce property settlement must divide property in such a way that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden for either spouse. Property division begins with property classification. On its face, Florida’s property classification rule is rather straightforward. Debts or assets… Read More »


Transit Bus and Ambulance Involved in Fatal Stuart Collision

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

The ambulance was transporting a 77-year-old man to the hospital when it t-boned a bus in an intersection and careened into a parked car. This wreck occurred on Velasquez Avenue between Southeast Seville and Madrid. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the ambulance turned southeast, directly into the path of an oncoming Martin County… Read More »


Successfully Challenging DUI Chemical Test Results

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

In the early 2010s, Florida had the highest Breathalyzer refusal rate in the country. Then, lawmakers approved a failure-to-submit law which makes refusal a criminal offense. Before then, refusal was only an administrative offense. The refusal rate then declined, but it is still well above the national average. The conviction rate in test cases… Read More »


Intersection Collision Kills 99-Year-Old Man

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

A left-turning car struck and killed an elderly man riding an electric scooter at a busy Port St. Lucie intersection. The wreck happened at the intersection of Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Highway One. According to police, the victim was inside the crosswalk moving across Highway One when a Jeep Cherokee, which was attempting… Read More »


Dual Fatal Rollover Wreck on Florida Turnpike

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Two people are dead, and several others were injured, when an SUV rolled over around mile marker 165 on the Florida Turnpike. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a northbound driver lost control of his vehicle and went through a guardrail. The vehicle rolled over and eventually came to rest in a grassy area… Read More »


Fatal Left-Turn Motorcycle Wreck in Port St. Lucie

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver making a left turn against traffic pulled directly into an oncoming motorcycle’s path, killing the rider almost instantly. According to Port St. Lucie police, this wreck occurred near the intersection of Southwest Darwin and Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevards. A southbound motorist turned into the path of a northbound motorcycle rider. The… Read More »


The How and When of Miranda Rights

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Forget everything you know about the Miranda rights from movies and TV shows. A 2010 Supreme Court case, Berghuis v. Thompson, gave police officers much more latitude in this area. As a result, the Miranda rights (you have the right to remain silent, etc.) are no longer the same. Before 2010, the Miranda rights… Read More »

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