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DUI defense: Is it time to negotiate a plea bargain?

The Maryland criminal justice system gives everyone the opportunity to defend themselves against criminal charges. In fact, you will remain innocent until -- and only if -- the prosecution proves you to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court, no matter what the charges.

That said, a criminal defense lawyer cannot work miracles. If the prosecution has irrefutable evidence of your guilt, then you will likely face conviction.

A parenting agreement is important to child custody

Going through divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do. This is particularly true if you have at least one child with the other parent.

When it comes to questions regarding child custody and visitation, you don't want to leave any stone unturned. You owe it to yourself and your child to work through all the finer details with your ex-spouse.

Child custody decisions: How are these made?

If you are going through divorce and have a child with the other parent, you may be concerned about the impact this will have on your relationship.

It's important to do what is best for your child, all the while making decisions that will also work in your favor.

Divorce mediation can protect your kids and give you more control

Getting divorced is an emotional process. For many people, it is also nerve-wracking. It can be difficult to predict how the courts will rule on critical aspects of the divorce, such as child custody and asset division. Unfortunately, when you litigate your divorce, all the power is in the hands of the judge presiding over your case. That can leave you and your spouse unhappy with the outcome.

For some couples, mediation could be an excellent alternative to traditional divorce court. In mediation, you and your spouse, along with your individual attorneys, sit down with a neutral third party. You discuss various issues and work your way to compromise on topics such as vacations and the division of holidays for custody or who gets the vacation home. You can push on issues that matter more to you and concede on those that don't.

Speeding tickets: Common and costly

As a parent and someone who works outside the home, you spent a lot of your time on the roads. Whether it's running your kids to an after-school event or driving to work in the morning, you're exposed to the highway and residential streets all the time.

Recently, you received a speeding ticket when you were rushing to get to your child's school on time. You know that speeding tickets aren't that big of a deal, but you want to make sure that it won't affect you in any long-term ways you haven't thought of. What should you know about speeding tickets?

Address potential drawbacks of a prenuptial agreement

If you are interested in creating a prenuptial agreement, it's a good idea to learn more about the pros and cons of this legal document as soon as possible. In other words, you don't want to focus on this a few weeks before your wedding.

While there are a variety of benefits associated with the creation of a prenuptial agreement, such as the ability to protect assets that you bring into the marriage, there are some potential drawbacks as well. Here are a few that you need to think about:

  • You need to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your soon to be spouse. This may not sound like a big deal, but it could lead to an argument if you don't take the right approach.
  • It can be difficult to understand the best way to handle certain issues and situations in the future. So, what you write into your prenuptial agreement today may not be applicable down the road.
  • One person could agree to something that doesn't suit their best interests over the long run. This often happens because the person does not want to say anything that upsets their partner.

Resolving a child custody dispute with your child's help

It's fairly normal for a couple to have differing opinions on what is better for their child when it comes to divorce. Perhaps one parent believes he or she would do better with him and the other thinks the child would do better with her.

The truth is that these disputes can drag out, but it's important to nip them in the bud as soon as possible. One possible way to resolve child custody concerns is to speak with your child about what his or her wants and needs are. Of course, the amount you discuss with your child will depend on his or her age.

These child support modification tips are a must to follow

As long as your financial situation remains the same, you may not run into any challenges when it comes to paying child support.

However, if your finances change for any reason, such as a job loss, you may realize that making full child support payments can be a challenge. Along with this, you may find it difficult to pay on time.

Why you need an attorney for Maryland DUI charges

Getting arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge can be stressful and embarrassing. Sometimes, a DUI charge stems from a mistake, such as leaving an office party after a few drinks. Other times, it could be the result of a medical condition or even a problem with how a breath test was administered. It is common for people to face DUI charges in Maryland when they weren't actually impaired at the wheel. Regardless of your personal situation, your best chance for a positive outcome is directly tied to working with an attorney who can help create a strong DUI defense.

While you may think that pleading guilty is the fastest way to resolve this issue, it could have serious consequences. Your employer may fire you once you have a criminal record. Even if you don't lose your job immediately, losing your license after a DUI charge could result in a lot of missed work. Finding a new job or in some cases, housing, can be difficult after a DUI charge. Many employers and landlords won't consider anyone with a criminal record. Pleading guilty can end up costing you a lot in the long run. Defending yourself against DUI charges represents your best option in this situation.