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Tips to make divorce easier on you

When ending a marriage, who wouldn't want to the process to be as easy as possible? But divorce and easy are words rarely, if ever, seen together. Believe it or not Missouri residents, there are a few things that can be done to make the dissolution of marriage easier through which to get.

First and foremost, being honest is key. Being honest about assets, being honest about child custody desires and being honest about what one hopes to achieve can go a long way. It may not seem easy, but it will allow for open communication which can help make the negotiations process go much faster.

Does failing field sobriety tests hurt my criminal defense?

Getting stopped for suspected DUI can be extremely intimidating. In Missouri, officers are likely to request that one participate in field sobriety testing. If a person does submit -- yes it is a choice -- and fails, he or she may be left wondering what that means for his or her criminal defense.

The truth is, it is not a make it or break it kind of thing. Yes, failing a field sobriety test is not really a good thing, but if the subject is broached appropriately the court will be forced to look at why they failed -- not just the test results. Not everyone fails because they are impaired.

Sometimes, the DIY divorce just is not the way to go

A lot of people in Missouri and elsewhere are do-it-yourselfers. There are a lot of benefits that accompany having this kind of attitude. However, some things are better left to those with experience. Divorce is a great example.

Yes, it is possible to file a DIY divorce. Plenty of people do. In doing so, though, they may not be getting the best settlements possible.

St. Louis criminal defense: 4 accused of shooting at police

Police in St. Louis and elsewhere have difficult and dangerous jobs. It comes with the territory. However, the city does not take violent actions against its police officers lightly. Recently four young men were arrested for allegedly shooting at two officers. If charged, each of these individuals has the right to a criminal defense.

According to a recent news report, in the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 6, police officers were on patrol near Semple and Minerva Avenues when they were allegedly shot at from a passing car. The vehicle was described as a Chrysler Sebring in a gold color. The car in question swiftly sped away. Law enforcement authorities pulled over a car with that description a little over a mile away from where the incident occurred.

How someone can get a DUI while on prescription drugs

Drivers may feel like they are in a unique situation if they face charges for a DUI in Clayton when they did not drink alcohol. They might think that the law enforcement officer made a mistake with the arrest. However, authorities can charge a driver with a DUI if he or she took narcotics, medicine or an over-the-counter drug and suffered impairment while behind the wheel. 

It is illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by a substance. Although the most common reasons people receive DUI charges involve alcohol use, the number of prescription-related DUI offenders apprehended each day is increasing. Many people who drive while experiencing the side effects of medications do not realize the legal consequences they could face. 

Divorce and the marital home

Figuring out what to do with the marital home is one of the biggest obstacles preventing couples from divorcing and moving on. It is a significant asset, though, and not always a positive one. Thankfully, Missouri residents who are going through the divorce process actually have quite a few options when it comes to dealing with their marital homes.

A woman recently asked for some advice regarding her marital home situation. She and her ex have been divorced for 8 years now. As part of the divorce settlement, he was allowed to remain in the house for one year. He has yet to move out and is now unable to make mortgage payments due to job loss. She wants to know if paying off the mortgage will remove her from any further responsibility she has for the house, as she is just ready to walk away.

When a child custody disputes turns into a criminal matter

Parents in Missouri and elsewhere may struggle to figure out what is best for their children. It happens, particularly when it comes to matters of child custody. Unfortunately, some custody disputes result in one parent facing criminal charges -- as is what happened recently to a woman in another state.

According to a news article, a woman and her ex had been arguing about custody for some time when she finally went to police and reported that her ex took their child out of state without permission. When law enforcement officials investigated the matter, the father had his opportunity to share his side of the story. It was determined that the mother lied to police about the problem.

Missouri criminal defense: Misdemeanor versus felony

Missouri residents who have been charged with crimes may feel uneasy about the future. After all, having a criminal record is no small thing. It is something that can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. That is why having a skilled criminal defense attorney on one's side when facing either a misdemeanor or felony charge is so important.

How are misdemeanor and felony charges different? The level at which a charge is filed comes down to the seriousness of the crime. A misdemeanor charge is the lesser of the two. A misdemeanor is a type of crime that the state believes deserves punishment, but not enough to totally destroy one's life. Typical penalties include some level of jail term -- usually up to one year -- or minimal fines.

Missouri family law: Millennials and divorce

There are two different ways that people in Missouri and elsewhere view millennials. They are either thought to be cautious planners or too quick to make big life decisions. In terms of family law, many experts believe them to be the former rather than the latter in many ways, particularly when it comes to marriage and divorce.

Many millennials are waiting to get married rather than jump in when they are too young and not prepared. Those who are ready to take this significant step are looking into prenuptial agreements in order to protect themselves and whatever assets they may hold. They understand that not all things work out and just want to be prepared. This is the cautious planning side of things.

3 tips to avoid a DUI after a holiday party

The holiday season means it is the time where a lot of parties occur. From Thanksgiving to the New Year, you may be attending a lot of get-togethers with friends or family. If you are not careful, you could end up with a charge for driving under the influence after one of these parties. 

According to Aetna, 40 percent of highway deaths during the holiday season are a result of drunk driving. With the holiday season underway, it is crucial to plan ahead and follow the tips below to avoid driving drunk. 

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