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Alabama has contributory negligence for motor vehicle accidents

For many Alabama residents, traveling back and forth while going about daily life is an uneventful occurrence. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents occur on a frequent basis, and they can result in both physical injuries and monetary damages. Alabama has laws that regulate how these events are to be handled.

If one is involved in a crash, no matter how minor, both motorists should contact the police either directly or through 9-1-1 if the crash is serious. Both drivers are encouraged to share insurance information while refraining from admitting any fault. Notations concerning weather and traffic conditions may prove to be useful during an investigation.

Consider Social Security benefits when going through a divorce

Most Alabama residents and others around the nation hope that Social Security benefits will be part of their retirement income in the future. However, if a person is going through a divorce, his or her potential benefits may be affected. While an individual's benefits typically do not change, there may be additional benefits due because of an ex-spouse's work history.

Whether or not a divorced spouse is entitled to spousal benefits depends largely on how long a marriage lasted. For example, a divorced spouse can typically claim benefits if the couple was married over 10 years. On the other hand, someone married less than 10 years could not claim spousal benefits.

Alabama criminal defense: 1 man, 3 women arrested on drug charges

Alabama police officers recently arrested four people after drugs were allegedly found at a motel room in Decatur. They now face various charges related to the incident. However, one man involved potentially made his criminal defense case more difficult by reportedly fleeing from the police when approached.

According to reports from the Decatur Police Department, a 51-year-old man had been investigated by the Vice and Narcotics Unit and found to have sold crystal methamphetamine. A search warrant had been obtained for his motel room by agents from the unit. Upon a search of the motel room, officers found a 39-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman there. Police supposedly found meth, Klonopin pills with no prescription and hypodermic needles in the older woman's possession. While the search was underway, a 44-year-old woman came to the motel room with more Klonopin pills and an open container of alcohol.

Avoid financial mistakes in a divorce

Wedded couples make financial decisions together throughout the course of their marriages. However, when a marriage in Alabama or anywhere else in the country ends, there are still many financial decisions that have to be made. Financial planners strongly believe that couples need to fully comprehend how the decisions they make during divorce proceedings will affect them in the future. They warn against making several mistakes in the process.

First, some spouses fight to keep the family home. However, with only one income going forward, that spouse may be unable to feasibly remain in the home. Some spouses are offered the right to stay in the home instead of receiving other assets valued the same. Advisers recommend taking the other assets since a home ultimately costs more since it has to be maintained.

Fraud charges are serious; you need a serious defense plan

If you face criminal charges of any kind in Alabama, you would greatly benefit from taking your situation seriously, especially if you are facing charges related to white-collar crime. A conviction could result in serious penalties that could change the course and direction of your life.

Fraud is a term that includes various types of money-related charges, and it is one of the most common types of white-collar crime. If you are facing charges or allegations of fraud, your situation is serious, but it is not hopeless. You may want to explore your options for a criminal defense as soon as possible.

Several motorvehicle accidents occurred simultaneously in Alabama

A particular roadway in Alabama was the scene of a terrible multi-vehicle collision on a recent Friday evening. The string of motor vehicle accidents occurred within moments of each other, apparently stemming from an initial collision. Passing motorists were looking at the collision, leading to several additional back-to-back accidents at the site. Sadly, there was one fatality and several others injured in the incidents.

Three separate vehicles were involved in the first crash. Officials say that other motorists in the area were watching the events of the accident unfold, causing four more collisions within moments of the first collision. One of the people involved in the initial crash died, but no personal identification information was provided to the public.

When a traffic stop leads to criminal defense considerations

All Alabama motorists are obviously obligated to adhere to traffic regulations each time they get behind the wheel. If a police officer makes a traffic stop for a particular reason, the rest of a driver's day (or life) may unfold entirely different from what was planned. Such was the recently case for three travelers who were riding together in a vehicle and wound up considering their criminal defense options before all was said and done.

It was a Thursday evening when police attempted to pull a car over in Elberta. Authorities say there were three occupants in the car at the time. The initial reason for the traffic stop was not published; however, all three people are now facing drug charges in court.

Divorce is seldom easy, but these things make it worse

Somewhere in Alabama, there's a married couple contemplating a marital breakdown. In fact, there are likely far more than one set of spouses actually considering filing for divorce. Most will face several types of challenges if they go through with their plans, especially if there are children involved.

Children often get dragged into one or the other parent's emotional roller coaster during the divorce process. If one parent doesn't want the marriage to end, he or she may use the children to try to get the other parent to stay. Sometimes, one spouse tries to lay a real guilt trip on the other, accusing him or her of abandoning the family or leaving half a family destitute, etc.

Will men charged in drug bust hire criminal defense help?

A major drug investigation led to the recent arrests of several people in Alabama. It is not known whether those charged with drug crimes have secured criminal defense representation, although most people named as defendants in such circumstances typically do reach out for legal support. Events leading up to the six arrests spanned the course of several days and multiple locations.

Authorities say they found substantial amounts of drugs in various residences during the recent investigation. They also said a young child was present in one of the homes where they seized marijuana and other drugs. One of the homes that was raided is said to have contained a methamphetamine lab; police say there were also marijuana plants growing there. A 12-gauge shotgun was reportedly seized during the search as well.

Understanding the circumstances that may lead to a DUI arrest

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, you might be feeling somewhat overwhelmed or intimidated by the process. With the potential gravity of a conviction looming overhead, you could be wondering about your available options for defense.

The penalties for a DUI conviction are severe, and can have a substantial impact on your life. You may wish to protect yourself against undesirable consequences by challenging the charges, and understanding the events that may have led to your arrest could prove beneficial.

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