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October 2014 Archives

Many driving actions can be as bad as drunk driving

Every year, there are 100,000 motor vehicle accidents that are caused by drowsy drivers in the United States. That figure is courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it really puts other types of accidents or driving infractions -- such as drunk driving -- into focus.

Determining an equitable divorce settlement

Divorce is a very stressful process, with emotions often taking control. Despite the bitterness and anger, it is important for Minnesota residents to understand their rights and make the right decisions. By understanding the law, individuals going through a divorce can ensure they receive a fair settlement to help secure their futures.

Field sobriety tests aren't necessarily foolproof

When you are pulled over by the police and they believe that you have been driving while intoxicated, they will go through a number of steps to determine your inebriation. There's your standard field sobriety test, which involves an officer asking you to do a number of tasks. There is a breath test, which can be done by Breathalyzer. A blood or urine test may be required later.

Phelps update: swimming star suspended for 6 months

We talk about many factors regarding drunk driving on this blog, and much of that talk centers on the penalties that are possible for someone who is accused of drunk driving. Even the mere accusation of driving under the influence can change a person's life, let alone a conviction. The penalties that most people think about when DUIs are brought up are the legal consequences, such as potential jail time, loss of license and financial penalties.

Why Minnesota divorce is becoming more common in those 50+

In the past, the longer a Minnesota couple stayed married, the less likely they were to divorce. It was unheard of for Minnesota grandparents to divorce, but the times are changing. Divorce is no longer the social stigma it once was, and with women more able to financially support themselves, they no longer need to put up with an annoying husband or a dull and unhappy marriage. In fact, statistics show that the divorce rate among those ages 50 and older doubled since 1990.

The problem with 'reasonable suspicion'

Imagine that you are intoxicated while driving and that your blood alcohol content is greater than 0.08. You don't know your actual BAC, but let's just imagine that it is. You get pulled over by a police officer for a traffic stop and the officer suspects that you are drunk. The officer proceeds to detain you and investigate you and your vehicle before ultimately administering a field sobriety test and then a breath test. Your BAC is revealed, and you are arrested on drunk driving charges.

Understanding the child support modification process

When Minnesota couples divorce and children are involved, one of the main issues confronting them is determining child support. A judge typically sets this amount based on the noncustodial parent's income and other factors related to the child's needs. Although many parents want to financially support their children as much as possible, sometimes the judge's order can seem unreasonable, especially if a noncustodial parent loses his or her job or is diagnosed with a serious illness. When this is the case, a parent can attempt to modify the amount owed, but there is a process that must be followed.

Another DUI for Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps

Many people have probably heard about Michael Phelps' most recent drunk driving incident. The U.S. Olympic swimmer -- known for holding the most total medals, and most gold medals, ever in Olympics history -- was arrested recently after allegedly driving his vehicle at a speed of 84 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. A Breathalyzer test revealed that he was over the limit, though the police did not release specific on Phelps' blood alcohol content.

Understanding Minnesota's property division process in a divorce

As Minnesota residents may know, nowadays, even marriages that have lasted decades are suddenly ending. Many of these marriages involve a significant amount of assets and dividing them between the spouses can be quite complicated. Fortunately, with your lawyer's assistance, marital property can be easily split with the help of Minnesota's three-step process.

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