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Woman allowed to have her motion to suppress heard in DUI case

It is often worthwhile for a driver to pursue challenges for a DUI even after the court has brought back a conviction. In one matter, a woman prevailed in such a challenge when the case was taken all of the way to the Supreme Court in the state where she resided.

How student loans are affected by divorce

College education in Colorado and around the U.S. has become so expensive that it could be decades before many recent graduates pay off their student loans. Students who took out loans to help pay for their education had an average of $29,400 of debt upon their graduation in 2012, according to one source. For a married couple, it may not be unusual for the household to have a total of $100,000 or more in student loans.

Man charged in Virginia with DUI following fatal crash

A Virginia man has been charged with DUI following an April 5 fatal car accident that resulted in the death of an 81-year-old man.  According to Virginia State Police, a Ford Mustang driven by the individual charged lost control of his vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Route 695 where it crashed into a Lexus.  

Supreme Court ruling affects DUI rulings almost one year later

The U.S. Supreme Court decision, Missouri v. McNeely, is still having repercussions when it comes to laws concerning driving under the influence.  That matter dealt with a warrantless blood test which allegedly indicated levels of blood alcohol among the driver of above the legal level.  The Supreme Court ruled that blood draws could not be conducted if the individual arrested refused to consent without a warrant or "exigent circumstances."

Dishonest spouses can take advantage of ex's financial ignorance

In many marriages, one spouse handles all of the finances. This can be part of a division of labor within the relationship, and may be a relief for a husband or wife who does not enjoy keeping track of important assets, such as retirement accounts, bank balances and so on.

Drinking alcohol may effect each of us differently

While states like Virginia set 0.08 blood alcohol content as the level for determinations as to whether one can be found legally intoxicated, alcohol affects every driver differently. One study suggested that a single bottle of beer or glass of wine could result in impairment of individuals over the age of 55.

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