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A criminal defense attorney's job does not end at conviction

So, you were charged with a crime in Missouri. Despite your best efforts and even with the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney, you were convicted of the crime. Think your case is done? Think your attorney's job is done? Think again.

A criminal defense attorney's job does not end when a client is convicted. It happens. Thankfully, there is an appeals process in place so that convicted individuals can continue fighting for their freedom and to have their names cleared.

3 DUI defense strategies to consider

If you have recently faced a charge of DUI, you may feel like there is nothing you can do to improve your situation. It is important for you to remember that in Missouri and across the country, you are innocent until proven guilty. You have the right to defend yourself against a DUI charge

Your defense choices depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Take some time to review the following possible DUI defense options. 

What does education have to do with divorce?

There are a lot of factors that go into whether a couple will stay together or not. Few people in Missouri or elsewhere tend to consider that their education level has anything to do with it. Why would that matter, right? However, according to a recent report, education actually does play a fairly significant role in divorce.

According to a professor at Northwestern University, people lacking in higher education are more likely to get divorced. Why? Job opportunities. There may be fewer good job opportunities available to them. This can bring stress into a marriage that some may struggle to overcome.

Joint child custody does not work for everyone

There has been a shared parenting time movement going on for several years now. In Missouri and elsewhere, joint child custody is considered a good thing as it gives children access to both parents. Unfortunately, joint custody can certainly have its issues.

A woman in another state is looking at potential jail time due to a dispute over vaccinating her child. She does not want to do it, but the child's father -- who has joint custody -- is insisting that it be done. As this issue could not be resolved in private, the matter was taken to court and a judge agreed that vaccinating the child -- a 9-year-old boy -- was in his best interests. The boy's mother was given a deadline for having the vaccinations completed. If she does not meet that deadline, she could be taken into police custody.

Missouri juvenile law: Get help with an underage drinking charge

You give your teenager permissions to go out and have fun with his or her friends. A few hours later, you get a phone call from one of many of Missouri's fine police departments. Your child has been arrested for underage drinking. Now what? A juvenile law attorney may be able to help.

No parent wants to get this kind of call, but it happens. When it does, how the situation is handled certainly matters as the consequences associated with an underage drinking conviction may follow your child for years to come. As most parents only want what is best for their children, it is understandable that you may have questions about what to expect and what you can do to really help your child.

Missouri criminal defense: Charged with assault?

In Missouri, an assault charge can land you in some pretty hot water if you are ultimately convicted. Have you been charged with assault? If so, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be what you need to help you fight your case.

Assault charges vary in their severity. How you are charged and what potential consequences await you if you are convicted will all depend on the details of the event and your intent. Really, in any criminal defense case, intent is key.

Are you ready for divorce?

If you feel things are bad between you and your spouse in Clayton, you may find yourself contemplating divorce. As simple as it would be for you to file the papers that will legally free you from your relationship, you should avoid being rash. Many people who rush to divorce often end up regretting their decisions. 

It is important for you to carefully evaluate your situation before you make a decision you may not be able to take back. Here are some things to consider about your relationship to help you determine if divorce is the right solution for your situation. 

Missouri is one state that thinks shared child custody is good

For years there has been debate about what is best for children when their parents are getting a divorce. Should they live with mom, dad or spend fairly equal time with both parents. Those in Missouri who are interested in shared child custody arrangements are in luck, as this is something that the state feels is a good thing under the right circumstances.

Shared custody, for years, is something for which interested parents had to fight. Courts have long favored sole custody arrangements as it is believed that parental conflict is reduced when children are not being shuffled back and forth. According to a recent study, even though there has been a push for joint custody, courts still tend to award sole custody in 80 percent of custody cases.

Missouri divorce: What to expect

Missouri residents who have opted to end their marriages are likely to have a number of questions about what to expect during the dissolution process. It is understandable, as there can be a lot to it. Knowledge is power and knowing what to expect can make getting through the divorce process a little easier.

So, how can one get started? The divorce process generally starts with one spouse filing a petition in court with the assistance of legal counsel. The complaint is then served on the other party, who then has a set time frame to respond to the petition. After, submitting his or her response, the divorce can be finalized through settlement, mediation -- other alternative dispute resolution methods -- or trial.

Child custody and parenting plans do affect children

Going through a divorce that involves children is rarely, if ever, an easy thing to do. It can be hard for some parents, whether they reside in Missouri or elsewhere, to keep the best interests of their children in mind when dealing with the amount of stress that the dissolution of marriage process brings. It is believed that child custody and parenting plans really do affect the overall health and well-being of the affected children, though, so taking time on this area is so important.

The simple truth is, divorce can be traumatic for children. Their living arrangements may change, they may have to change schools, they may lose friends, basically everything they know may be challenged in some way. How can parents help the situation?

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