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Can you challenge breath test results in a California DUI case?

If you are already facing potential driving under the influence (DUI) charges in California, you likely understand how serious such charges can become. Even if this is your first offense, a conviction or guilty plea could result in fines, loss of your license and social consequences, including issues with your job.

The good news is that, like anyone else accused of a crime, you have the right to push back against criminal charges and defend yourself against DUI allegations. Many people feel like if they failed a breath test, they will have no chance of defending themselves in court. However, it is actually possible to challenge the results of a chemical breath test in criminal court in California.

Having a strategy to maintain financial stability after divorce

Many individuals in California may feel that maintaining a healthy financial future is a key component of life. Those who are going through a divorce may have concerns about how the process will affect them financially. While ending a marriage may disrupt one's finances, there are some steps a person can take during and after a divorce that could help him or her maintain financial stability.

When facing divorce, a person may find it vital to begin considering closing down all joint credit accounts. In community property states, all marital debts will be divided equally among each party during the division of property. As such, preventing any further purchases from being added to credit accounts before the process is finalized could be essential to protecting one's finances.

Financial decisions that may only add to the stress of divorce

Dissolving a marriage can be an intimidating process, and the outcome of the situation could have a lingering impact on the lives of everyone involved. For many individuals in California, one common concern of going through a divorce pertains to the impact it will have on their finances. While divorce will inherently affect this area of life, there are certain financial decisions that could only make matters worse.

Following the end of a marriage, a person may feel it necessary to enter a new chapter in life by purchasing a new car, or even a home. However, the transition to life alone can put a strain on finances, and making similar impulse purchases could prove detrimental. Those who experience financial strain after divorce may also begin to consider using retirement savings to satisfy monetary obligations, but this could only create deeper concerns in the future.

Accident at intersection leaves 1 facing drunk driving charges

A car accident can occur at any given moment and being involved in a collision can be a daunting experience. Those who suffer serious injuries in an accident may also face extensive medical bills and a lengthy period of recovery, which is a combination that can have a substantial impact on a person's future. Unfortunately, a recent accident in California has also left a 23-year-old woman accused of drunk driving.

Reports indicate the incident took place just after 4 p.m. as the woman was approaching an intersection. Another driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn at the intersection, and the two vehicles collided soon thereafter. Police advised that the accident caused significant damage to each vehicle and left both drivers with injuries.

Planning for college when creating your custody agreement

Parents facing divorce in California often go to extreme lengths to mitigate the effects of divorce on their children and their family's future. Being willing to work with your ex amicably is an important first step.

If you can focus on using divorce as a fresh start for your entire family, as opposed to a way to punish one another, it is possible for the end of your marriage to have a positive result for your family. Careful planning and attention to the needs of your children are critical to protecting your offspring from the social, financial and emotional consequences of divorce.

Finding ways to help the kids cope with the changes of divorce

When parents in California make the decisions to take separate paths in life, one of their immediate concerns could pertain to how the process might affect the kids. Parents may wish to reduce the impact divorce will have on their children, but they might not be certain how best to approach the situation. While divorce can be hard on kids, there are certain steps parents can take that might help their children adjust to the changes in their lives.

The end of a marriage will inherently bring about change in the lives of those involved. For children, adjusting to change can be challenging at times, especially when pertaining to a potentially stressful and emotional life event. However, if parents take the necessary measures to provide the children with as much stability as possible, their children might be more capable of accepting and dealing with the situation.

1 accused of drunk driving in accident that injured pedestrian

Pedestrian-related collisions can have devastating consequences, and being involved in such an accident can be a daunting experience. Those who hit and cause injuries to a pedestrian may carry the experience with them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, a recent collision involving similar circumstances has left a 48-year-old man facing drunk driving charges in California.

Law enforcement agents claim the accident took place as the man lost control of his vehicle upon approaching a curve in the road at a high rate of speed. They say that as he attempted to navigate the curve, his car began to slide and proceeded to strike a nearby pedestrian soon thereafter. The pedestrian reportedly suffered injuries in the process and was admitted to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

Divorce: Wealthy couples at greater risk of arguing over finances

When it comes to issues within a relationship, disagreements can arise over a variety of topics. However, finances continue to be one of the most common areas of conflict for married couples in California, especially the wealthy. Recent studies indicate that financial disputes among couples with considerable wealth may have a higher chance of leaving one or both parties considering divorce.

In some cases, encountering a difference of opinion in a relationship could be harmless. However, when it comes to finances, these differences could lead to intense arguments and increased levels of conflict that can be harmful to a relationship. These disputes can stem from a variety of circumstances, such as varying levels of income within the relationship or arguments over how to handle marital finances.

How debts impact asset division in California divorces

The eventual outcome of your divorce will depend on many factors, including the number of assets you acquired during marriage, as well as the amount of debt you incurred. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place, you will either have to come to terms with your spouse or rely on the courts to handle the process of splitting up your assets and debts.

The greater the overall income and assets in your family, the greater the potential for significant debts. When you have higher income and more assets to use as collateral, it is possible to take on substantial amounts of debt.

Spousal support can be one of the toughest topics of divorce

There are a variety of aspects involved in the process of ending a marriage. While the division of property and child custody can be two of the most vital topics to address, individuals who are going through a divorce in California may also find it helpful to consider the possible presence of spousal support. Since negotiations pertaining to alimony can be highly contested matters, knowing the factors to address concerning this aspect of divorce could be vital.

When it comes to spousal support, the length of the marriage may play a significant role in the determination process. How long the marriage lasted could have a substantial impact on the duration and amount of alimony payments. Another topic that may influence the outcome of the process pertains to the income of both parties, and whether one party left the work force to be a stay-at-home spouse or parent.

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