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May 2015 Archives

To refuse or not to refuse? That is the question in DUI stops

Because of viral YouTube videos and extensive discussion threads on the Internet, the debate over whether or not to submit to a breath test during a traffic stop has continued to spark national interest. It seems like everyone, from Minnesotans to residents in other states, has an opinion on the issue. Yet, because laws differ from state to state, it's still impossible to answer the lingering question: do you refuse or accept an officer's request to take a breath test?

Answering your common questions about divorce

Divorce is a common occurrence, but it still remains a mystery to many Minnesota couples, particularly those who are going through a divorce for the first time. How does the process work? Which parent gets custody of the child? How is marital property divided? These are just a few of the questions that couples have going into a divorce.

Financial disclosure required with prenuptial agreements

An increasing number of Minnesota couples are looking to prenuptial agreements to protect assets in the event that their marriage ends in divorce. Entering a prenuptial agreement involves more than signing a piece of paper. It requires honest disclosure about one's finances, which means that hiding valuable jewelry and lying about money is not encouraged. In fact, lying about finances could land a person in legal trouble. There are some types of information that need to be disclosed to each spouse prior to signing prenuptial agreements.

How special license plates can hurt DUI offenders

Most people are familiar with "The Scarlet Letter" and the themes that the story entails. Well, one of the themes from this story has been applied in the real world when it comes to drunk drivers. The idea from "The Scarlet Letter" is that by marking a person with a red "A," it will shame them for their transgressions.

Can assets be protected without prenuptial agreements?

A prenuptial agreement is a good way for Minnesota couples to protect assets. Whether they amassed millions or even billions of dollars from running a successful business or inherited real estate from a relative, many want to hold onto their property as long as possible. Splitting it up in a divorce is not a desirable option for many. So when it comes time to walk down the aisle, what happens when the other party refuses to sign a prenuptial agreement? Can the property still be protected?

Financially speaking, what is the toll of a DUI on the offender?

There are already many, many different consequences that someone who is accused of driving under the influence must face. There's the possibility of jail time; the definite loss of license; the possibility of ignition interlock, or special license plates that signify a DUI offender; and plenty of other potential consequences. All of these consequences have a certain financial element too them -- but there are also outright financial penalties for a DUI offender.

Dealing with family law issues in a same-sex divorce

Same-sex marriage in Minnesota is still relatively new, making the concept of divorce even newer, and complicated. Issues such as child custody and spousal support are not cut and dried. There are many complications involved, and not all family law attorneys are experienced in representing those going through a same-sex divorce. It's important to take all the various elements into consideration and understand how they differ from heterosexual divorces.

A breath test for marijuana? It's right around the corner

Driving under the influence is an all-encompassing term that doesn't just refer to drunk driving. Drugged driving is also a major safety concern. Drugged driving can happen in a variety of ways, with one of the most common forms being driving under the influence of marijuana. However, prescription medications can also contribute to a drugged driving charge, as could any other illicit drug or substance.

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