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Florida Father Killed When Drunk Driver Runs Red Light

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017

Florida Father Killed When Drunk Driver Runs Red Light


Big Don was passionate about two things in life: music and his family. Twenty-five-year-old Dontae Hill graduated from Armwood High School, where he was known for his rap skills. In recent years, he even started recording his own songs and publishing them through YouTube videos. But as much as he loved music, he loved his one-year-old son even more. Affectionately called “Little Don”, the toddler will soon be a big brother, but both children will grow up without their father.

According to police reports, Dontae was killed in a violent car accident. The impact was so intense that it actually split the car in half in the middle of a busy intersection. The accident is still under investigation, but police believe 28-year-old Johnathan Honza was likely drunk when he slammed into Dontae’s car. Officers reported the smell of alcohol and obvious signs of impairment when they arrived on the scene. Sergeant Steve Gaskins said, “If he wasn’t sitting in the hospital, he’d be in jail right now.”


The accident happened just as Hill’s Acura started to enter an intersection. Honza ran the red light and crashed into the driver’s side at full speed. Debris from the Acura flew across the intersection and hit another car stopped at the red light, but no one in that vehicle was injured. Hill died shortly after the collision at Tampa General Hospital, the same place where he was born just 25 years earlier.


Honza was also transported to the hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. Officials report that Honza had been previously accused of driving under the influence when he drove onto a curb in 2013 and got his car stuck. When police arrived on the scene, Honza reportedly was slurring his words, but refused to do a sobriety test or consent to a blood test. Charges were later reduced to reckless driving and Honza was placed on probation.

Honza also had two prior DUI charges in Oregon in 2008 and 2009. He failed to appear at court dates for both charges and there are still outstanding warrants for his arrest, along with a third warrant related to a charge for possession of alcohol.


Hill’s father said he was getting dressed for work when police notified him that his son had been in an accident. Before he could get to the hospital, other family members were calling and he saw a news report that showed images of his son’s car split in half. When he got to the hospital, it was too late and Dontae was already gone. His father is still trying to make sense of the tragedy and why Honza would choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, “If he was under the influence, why couldn’t he have called Uber or someone to take him home so this incident never would have taken place?”

Tampa personal injury attorney Bill Winters said, “Drunk driving claims thousands of innocent lives every year. This is a senseless tragedy where one person’s poor decisions have robbed two young children of every knowing what it’s like to grow up with an adoring father.”


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Internet law for the public

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016

Internet law for the public

The Internet has become a powerful weapon nowadays and in the wrong hands, it can create a great damage.  The most vulnerable area, where the Internet has major issues is shopping online. Costumes are required to reveal their personal information, banking accounts, credit cards, their images or even their contact information. That is why every customer may become subject to the identity or money theft.

People fail to recognize how their lives have become endangered just because they reveal too much information online. To protect yourself better, we will explain legal terms such as identity theft and online safety, and if something like this happens, you will know how to seek appropriate help.

Identity theft

ContentImageHandlerThis type of crime has become common in the modern society.  Unfortunately, so many people are still unaware of it. But, how is this crime committed? A thief uses private information of an individual against him; thief intention isn’t only focused on financial information, such as bank accounts and credit cards, but also on other data, such as medical records, personal email, social security number and other unprotected data. Anything that isn’t secured can be used against you.

passwordsThere are ways to protect your personal records, and one of them is by limiting the flow of information. Keep your personal information secure, use strong passwords for all accounts and protect your computer data with a strong antivirus software.

If by any chance you find out that your identity has been stolen, immediately close all your accounts and report such an action to company fraud division. It would be wise to have the copies of all documents that will be able to support your claim. Identity theft can also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission, and they are proven to be more efficient than local police.

Online safety

There are some cases where scammers reached their victims through emails. Two usual methods scammers use are phishing and spoofing. The first method, an e-mail phishing, a fraudster impersonates to be a business partner of uses another entry to get a hold of personal information of the victim. The second method, an e-mail spoofing, the fraudster uses external links to convince the reader of an email, to follow that link and then he puts a malware into his computer.


digital-advertising-fraud-ChinaThis is a severe type of digital fraud, and it is very hard to discover. FBI has some advice for all online users: do not respond to emails that have suspicious content, track all your accounts and transactions and always be cautious when someone who is unknown to you tries to make a contact through an email.

If you have suffered any this frauds, you should report it immediately. FBI works closely with their citizens and also has two separate divisions, FTC and National Fraud Information Center, where you can file a complaint against such action and seek legal help.


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How to legally change your name?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016

How to legally change your name?

There are some reasons why people decide to change their name. You might be recently divorced or got married, or you just want a new name. We will guide you through this process and give you directions how to obtain a new name in no time.

When you start this type of procedure, it is important to choose a proper name. In cases where you change your last name to match your spouses, or after divorce you want your old name back, you have a pattern here, and you can’t make a mistake. On the other hand, if you want to choose a brand new name, you must make sure it meets certain standards and regulations. For example, don’t choose a name that is hard to pronounce or that can be connected with violence, also avoid using the names of celebrities and don’t change your name to commit some fraud.

1197263842_af93a024_birth_certificate_richard_waters_reduced890It is important to have proper documentation; you can always visit your state’s website or local courthouse to find more about this subject. Each of these web pages has the forms required to file a request. On the other hand, you can always decide to use the help of the court’s clerk. If you are online in search for these documents, try typing something like documents and petition for change of the name. But you will need these papers: request for a change of name, evidence to show why are you changing the name, social security number, birth certificate and ID.

In the request, you will need to enter general information about yourself, your future name and the reason why are you changing the name. You also need to submit the document where you state a general reason why you wish to change your name, and in many states, it is a practice to publish information about the name in newspapers at least one week before the actual procedure. In this way, affected parties may object to your decision.

Once you fill in the request, you must gather all your documentation and take it to a local court that handles these type of situations. The court’s clerk will check your papers and may require some additional documentation, such as notarized application, California ask two copies of the application and some states request to post your name in local newspapers.

Each state will require from you to pay a fee for their services, the fee ranges between $100 and $200, but this fee might be much larger in some states, for example in California, you will have to pay $435. Once you pay that fee, the only thing is left to wait for the hearing date.

document_handoverWhen you attend your court hearing, the judge will review your request, and he will decide whether to grant of refuse your request, this all depends on documentation and reasons you submitted to the court.
If the judge grants you to change the name, you will get at name change decree, and you will use it to change your legal documents.

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