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Over the aggravated DWI limit? Work to defend yourself

You and your friends went out for a drink, but it was the same as any other time you'd done so. You all gathered together and decided who was the least intoxicated, and you thought that you were the safest to drive. In fact, you didn't feel drunk at all.

Unfortunately, when you were stopped, you allowed the officer to give you a Breathalyzer test and failed. Now, you're actually accused of being not only over the limit, but also over the aggravated limit. You could face enhanced penalties, all because you felt like you weren't intoxicated when you got into your vehicle.

You could have a defective motor vehicle case if you crash

When your vehicle went out of control, there was nothing you could do to prevent it. You tried to correct your vehicle, but your wheel seemed like it had no control over the rest of the vehicle at all. Try as you might, there was just nothing you could do.

After crashing, you were glad that you didn't involve anyone else in the collision. You hit a median at a moderate speed, and you suffered a head injury along with some other minor physical injuries. Now, you want to know why your vehicle went out of control. You're a safe driver, and this doesn't reflect that.

Should you work with a personal injury attorney after an injury?

A personal injury has the potential to stop you in your tracks. It can make it hard to have the life you had before you got hurt, making it all the more necessary to seek out the compensation you need afterward.

With any personal injury, you'll have a few common expenses and losses such as:

  • Travel costs for going to and from appointments
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages

Coping with your ex living with their affair partner

Child custody cases are difficult even under the best of circumstances, but when you throw an affair into the situation, they become even worse. Some parents who are going through a divorce have to deal with the fact that their ex has the person they were having the affair with living with them. This means that the children are going to spend time with that person, which can be hard to handle.

One thing that you have to realize in these situations is that you have to put your own emotions aside. Instead of focusing on how it makes you feel, consider how your children are faring. It is fully possible that they are safe and building a loving relationship with their other parent because even a horrible spouse can be a fantastic parent.

Details that could make your prenuptial agreement invalid

Regardless of income level, many Missouri couples find it beneficial to draft a prenuptial agreement before they walk down the aisle. These contracts can protect the financial interests of both parties in case of a divorce in the future. A couple can also use a prenup as a way to outline the financial responsibilities of both parties over the course of the marriage.

If you made the decision to draft a prenup, you will want to consider specific details as you draft this legal agreement. When there are problems with a prenup, it can lead to complications if the couple divorces in the future or one party challenges the terms of the agreement. As with any family law agreement that can affect your future, you will find it beneficial to have experienced legal guidance during this process.

Does Missouri allow passengers to drink alcohol in moving cars?

Drunk driving is extremely dangerous, which is why there are so many laws that try to combat it. Interestingly, Missouri is one of only a few states that allow those who are not driving to possess open containers of alcohol inside their vehicles.

Keep in mind that your municipality or local area may have its own open container laws, so even if the state approves, you could be out of luck locally.

Get help after you suffer a personal injury in Missouri

Most people agree that suffering an injury unexpectedly has a real impact on their lives. It changes how they live their daily lives, and it could change their ability to go to work or school. Whether you suffer from a brain injury, spinal cord injury or another kind of personal injury, your life changes the moment it happens.

As a person living with a new injury, you know that you have to get the right medical care. You focus on care that helps you heal as much as possible, but for some injuries, you may never be the same.

Many decisions come during a divorce

The end of marriage is a complicated time. You have to learn how to navigate the legal system at a time when you don't have the support of the person you thought you'd have for life. Determining things like who gets to stay in the house and where the kids will live can be a challenge. Unfortunately, you will have to handle these matters and others when you choose to file for divorce.

Throughout the divorce process, you are going to have to make decisions that can impact the rest of your life. This includes things like who gets what property, who is going to pay which debts and what's going to happen with the children. Each decision must be made based on current laws and what you feel is best for your needs.

Man faces involuntary manslaughter charges after fatal crash

Imagine driving toward your home after work. You're tired, and you just want to get there. All of a sudden, someone flies toward you from a side street and T-bones your vehicle. The next thing you know, you're in the hospital waiting to hear if you need to have surgery.

When a driver's actions cause others to suffer, they should be held accountable. Take, for example, a driver who speeds and forces others to move out of their way. Their reckless actions could make others nervous or force them to make maneuvers they're not comfortable with. In some instances, they may go off the road and crash.

Watch out for the dangers of drinking on Blackout Wednesday

Thanksgiving is here, so it's time to talk again about the dangers of drunk driving. Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest drinking days of the year, which can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely dangerous if people choose to get behind the wheels of their vehicles.

Why is Thanksgiving Eve such a big drinking night?

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