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June 2015 Archives

Having a professional on one's side during divorce is important

When a couple divorces, each person wants to protect what is rightfully theirs. Unfortunately, many divorces end up bogged down in nasty battles over property division. When this happens, people look for legal counsel who will help protect their rights while staying committed to their case from start to finish.

Police deserve blame for Constitutional blunders

The Constitution is a hard taskmaster. To protect everyone from intrusions by the police and other law enforcement personal, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures." The police, wishing to search a person or premises need to have a search warrant, which requires a showing of probable cause to a judge that a crime has been committed or will be committed.

Charged with DWI based on a urine test? Know your defense options

You may not know it yet, but the State of Minnesota is one of the toughest states on drunk driving. In fact, Minnesota and only three other states allow results of urine testing to be used as evidence against people charged with DWI. This is true despite the reality that urine tests are widely known to be inaccurate indicators of whether a driver was drunk behind the wheel.

What can I do after my MN divorce to maintain my credit?

Emotions run high during a divorce. Most Minnesota couples are focused on dividing assets and ironing out the details of child custody and alimony. However, during the midst of all of this, there is one thing that should not be neglected: one's credit score. Unfortunately, many people with once-perfect credit fail to monitor their credit card accounts - particularly, the joint ones. They are under the assumption that the other spouse will continue paying them. Nevertheless, even if the divorce decree orders one party to pay the cards, he or she could neglect to do so -- negatively affecting both parties' credit in the process. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from happening to you.

Minnesota increases penalties for higher BAC DWI drivers

A change in the Minnesota DWI law could expose thousands of drivers to much more severe penalties, should they be stopped with higher blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) beginning in August. The threshold for a gross misdemeanor drunk driving charge has been lowered by the legislature from 0.20 to 0.16 BAC.

Financial mistakes to avoid after a divorce

When many Minnesota couples decide to end their marriage, the first thing on their minds may be to get it over with as quickly as possible. But in their haste, they may be missing out on a more secure financial future. It's not fair for one spouse to walk out with most or all of the money and assets, while the other ends up poor and struggling financially, especially if there are children involved. Therefore, it's important for both parties to be involved in household finances from the get-go and make sure each person gets what they deserve in a divorce.

Odd DUI case places driver's condition above other factors

When it comes to allegations of drunk driving it may be that the condition of the driver is more important than other aspects of the case, at least in the eyes of some courts. This could be one way to read a case that made headlines this past week. The events didn't happen in Minnesota, but because they happened in a neighboring state they are clearly worth noting.

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