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DUI on prom night? Protect your child's rights

Prom season is upon us once again. Teenagers in Gwinnett, Fulton and Cobb Counties are shopping for fancy dresses and reserving tuxedos for the big night.

There's a lot of hype surrounding prom night, but truth be told, it's still an important rite of passage for most high school kids. Parents, too, want their kids to have fun and memorable times on prom night. But they also want their children to return home unscathed from the experience.

Are hidden assets common in divorce?

A breakdown in trust is just one of many different reasons that couples in Georgia might decide to end their marriage. However, when that sense of marital trust dissolves, it can complicate things during divorce. Sometimes a soon-to-be-ex spouse might even try to hide valuable assets from the property division process.

Hidden assets are a big deal because it means that one person does not even have a chance to receive a fair share of marital assets. Unfortunately, it is not always obvious when an asset has been hidden. If an individual is planning to file for divorce, it is a good idea to complete a thorough inventory of all marital assets before broaching the topic with a spouse. For those who had the divorce initiated by their ex, performing this inventory as early on as possible is usually advisable.

Criminal defense: Refusal to test can't be used as evidence

When police officers pull over a driver suspected of being under the influence, they generally ask that individual to submit to some kind of blood-alcohol content testing. Most people in Georgia are probably familiar with the Breathalyzer test, which is commonly used during roadside testing. But what happens to those who refuse to submit to Breathalyzer testing? According to Georgia's Supreme Court, refusing a test cannot be used as evidence, which may be important for some people's criminal defense planning.

In 2015, police arrested and charged a woman with DUI. At the time of her arrest she refused to submit to a requested breath test. The prosecutor on that particular case tried to use her refusal as evidence during a trial, but she argued that it should not be allowed. Her argument was that allowing that evidence would violate her constitutional rights, which protect her -- and everyone -- from self-incrimination.

Driver suspected of DUI charged regarding 2 accidents

Georgia police recently arrested a woman they claim was involved in not one but two drunk driving accidents. However, she was originally only charged for the second accident, as authorities did not discover the first alleged hit-and-run until the following day. She is facing multiple charges related to DUI, including failing to maintain her lane and vehicular homicide.

Police first responded to an accident on U.S. Highway 82 at around 10:30 p.m. Details regarding this collision are not readily clear. However, suspecting that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time, police tested the 21-year-old driver's blood-alcohol content. She allegedly registered a .22 BAC, which is significantly higher than the legal limit.

Could mediation be right for my divorce?

What does it look like to end a marriage? Most Georgia couples already have a preconceived notion of what divorce should look like and how it should proceed, but few realize that they have other options. Rather than slog through the litigation process, some couples could see better results from using an alternative dispute resolution like mediation.

Mediation is a process in which a couple works out their own terms for their separation. This is accomplished with the help of a third-party mediator. This neutral party will not make decisions for couples, but will help guide and facilitate productive negotiations. By approaching divorce through this process, couples are generally able to achieve one of the biggest benefits of mediation -- greater control over the outcome of their situation. Although family law judges do their best to make the most well-informed decisions, divorcing couples might better understand the long-term impacts of their divorce settlement.

Buying drugs online can get you busted

If you are a Georgia resident who suffers from chronic pain or another condition that is treated with opioid drugs, you may have noticed that fewer doctors are prescribing these types of medications to their patients. Even when the physicians see there is a real need and write the prescriptions, the patients' health insurance companies and even their pharmacies have been known to throw up additional roadblocks to filling prescriptions for pain pills.

These new restrictions and precautions are a result of the national pushback against the opioid drug crisis which has decimated large swaths of our country. But they also make it very challenging for patients who have legitimate need for pain medication to get relief.

What to expect from police responding to domestic violence calls

Heated exchanges can take a quick and criminal turn in the blink of an eye when police respond to a call of domestic violence.

Under these circumstances, people can be unsure of what's happening or what rights they have. To help people get a better handle of what to do in such scenarios, we explain a few things Georgia residents can expect when police respond to a domestic violence call below.

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