The factors a court must consider before making a final decision relating to property division and alimony. Some states also have ?discretionary factors? a court may consider. See Equitable Distribution.
Question: How do I, a 19 year old, tell my parents that I got a ticket for reckless driving in my dads car? So, I went on a family beach vacation with my dads family. I left to go home a few days earlier than everyone else, and I drove my dads car. It was a 6 hour drive, and I have never driven anywhere near that far, especially by myself. By the time I was 3/4 of the way there, I was so absorbed by the road, that I wasn't really paying attention to my surroundings. Next thing I knew, I was being pulled over by a virginia cop. I was given a must appear in court for reckless driving due to excessive speed. I was going 104mph in a 65mph zone. After doing some research, I have come to find out that virginia is probably the last state you would ever want to get caught speeding in. So I, an 18 year old with a previously spotless driving and criminal record, am now facing a class 1 misdemeanor, and am facing charges which numerous internet sources have informed me carry up to 12 months in jail, up to a $2500 fine, 6 points, liscense suspension blah blah blah. In addition, many sources point out that going over 100mph carries a mandatory jail sentence. I was skeptical about believing this, but I spoke with a virginia lawyer who basically told me I was in a horrible position, and that if I got a good lawyer, the best I could expect considering jail time would be a couple days. I am horrified of the idea of going to jail, even for a couple days. I have never been the type of person to ever see myself going to jail for anything. Also, obviously the other factors are worrying me to death as well. Im a college student, and I don't have very much money. So basically, I am terrified of the position I am currently in. I know I have to tell my parents, because of the severity of this they would find out anyways. But this is such an extreme circumstance, I don't know how to bring it up. And I'm scared, both of their reaction, and just of everything that is coming out of this. If anyone is good at relaying bad news, any tips would be greatly appreciated. I am just not used to situations like this, and I don't know how to handle it. I haven't been in any trouble that I felt needed their attention since I turned 18, and any time before that, they just found out on their own. Thanks.
Answer: Sit your parents down and tell them that you have something serious to tell them. Explain calmly and rationally to them what happened. Expect them to be disappointed and worried about you.
Tell them all that you learned from the lawyer and from your online research, and tell them how sorry and scared you are.
Expect them to be upset, but keep in mind that you're such a good kid!
When you go to court have them go with you. Explain to the judge that you're a college student, you've never been in trouble, this is your first driving offense, etc. Ask the judge if there is anyway you can get community service, like washing police cars, cleaning out the jail, instead of jail time. And ask for a public defender.
Good luck- I'm sorry that you got caught in such a harsh state. I wish you the best!!!!