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Ahe importance of your blood alcohol concentration

Drunk driving puts people's lives at risk, and for the most part, people know that it's dangerous. Despite that, someone dies in a drunk driving crash once every 48 minutes in the United States (based on 2017 statistics). That adds up to 10,874 deaths that could potentially have been avoided.

Alcohol affects the way you think and feel. It impairs thinking, reasoning and the speed of your reactions. The more you drink, the more likely it is that you'll be impaired and unable to drive safely.

What should you address in your parenting plan?

Parenting plans are an important part of making sure you and your ex-spouse can raise your child collaboratively, even though you're not living together. Parenting plans help keep routines, expectations and rules the same between homes. They help your child know what to expect no matter where they are.

Good parenting plans typically address a number of factors including:

  • The parenting time schedule
  • Medical care information, including how it will be paid for, who will provide insurance and who will care for your child when they are sick
  • Education information, including where your child will go to school, who pays for expenses related to school, who has to go to parent-teacher conferences and other information regarding education
  • Parenting guidelines, such as rules about discipline, diet and other routines

How does a civil case work?

A civil case can be filed for any number of reasons, but the goal is to have the judge or jury decide if the defendant should be held liable for damages the plaintiff allegedly suffered. The judge and jury will listen to both sides present their arguments and consider if the defendant should be liable for the damages that have been alleged or not. If they will be held liable, the jury or judge has to decide to what extend they should be held liable.

During the six stages of a civil trial, a jury will be chosen, there will be opening statements, witnesses will speak and attorneys will cross-examine them. Your attorney has an opportunity to make closing arguments before the jury is given instructions and left to deliberate and produce a verdict.

Designing the ideal parenting plan: Consider your child's needs

When you are going through a divorce with children, one of the most important things for you to talk about with your spouse is your parenting plan. Parenting plans aren't just about visitation and custody. They also address how you want to handle certain situations, like school holidays, religious upbringing and other factors involved in raising a child.

Designing a parenting plan can be complicated if you and your spouse didn't agree well on how to bring up your children. Regardless, you need to decide both on time-share and decision-making agreements.

More people died, were arrested, on the weekend of the 4th

If you are facing a DUI or drug-related charge, your best option is to begin working with your defense attorney. Although it may seem like you can handle these charges on your own, the reality is that your attorney has much more experience and may be able to help you reduce or eliminate the charges completely.

One thing that has been in the news recently is that arrests for DUIs more than tripled over the Fourth of July holiday. The California Highway Patrol reported that 1,204 people were arrested for DUIs over the holiday period, which is much higher than the 389 arrested in 2018.

What can you expect from a personal injury claim?

Injuries happen due to many causes, from someone running a red light and hitting you in their vehicle to a driver not paying attention and hitting you in a crosswalk. One thing is true of all injuries that are caused by others, though: As a victim, you can likely seek compensation for what you've been put through. That compensation can be used to cover many different expenses and damages. These include:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Personal property damage

On top of these losses, you might also have costs associated with traveling for care or because you have to make changes to your home to accommodate physical limitations that your injuries have caused.

Get help while you go through a divorce

You may think that you can handle a divorce on your own, especially when you don't have children or many assets. Still, it is a good idea to work with an attorney so that you have all the information you need on applicable California laws.

Did you know that everything you and your spouse bought during your marriage, under state law, is split equally upon divorce? Since California is a community property state, you need to be prepared to split your assets 50-50 if they're defined as marital property.

How do you make a great parenting plan?

Child custody is an important part of your divorce. While it's essential to get the right custody plan in place, what's almost as essential is getting a parenting plan together that you're both happy with.

Parenting plans differ from custody because they guide what you can or cannot do when your child is in your custody. The plans talk about what you expect and what your responsibilities are. For example, you might list off which religion your child will be practicing and where, the kinds of activities your child can or cannot do and what you expect to happen if your child is sick or injured.

Your parenting plan can help prevent serious disputes later on

You've gone through most of your divorce, but one thing you're having trouble putting together is your parenting plan. You and your spouse have different religions, different parenting styles, different preferences for whom your child can be around and so much more. In fact, there are more differences in your parenting preferences than similarities.

It's complicated to build a parenting plan with another person who has a completely different parenting goal. However, you and your spouse will find that it's much easier to work together after your divorce if you can come to an agreement on how to raise your child.

Can you defend against drunk or drugged driving charges?

DUIs and drug crimes can sometimes occur together. For example, someone who is driving while intoxicated may have mixed Ecstasy with their drink, or someone could have smoked marijuana before taking a shot of alcohol. This is a bad idea, of course, because combining drugs and alcohol can increase the effects.

People who use drugs and alcohol together may be at a higher risk of causing a crash or violating traffic laws, resulting in a stop by the police. Then, in those cases, even if they don't test over .08% for alcohol, they could face a DUI or DUID for using drugs combined with alcohol as a secondary substance.

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