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What is wrongful arrest and can you resist it?

Law enforcement officers are only human, and they are as prone to mistakes and occasional poor judgment as the rest of us. Most of the time, those minor mistakes are easily fixed. Sometimes, however, they can result in the wrongful arrest of someone who committed no crime. Getting arrested when you shouldn't be is humiliating. It can impact your social relationships, your job and even your mental and physical health.

Wrongful arrest happens for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's intentional, other times it's the result of a mistake. It can cause bodily harm, as well as emotional and social damage to the person arrested illegally. Wrongful arrest can contribute to a a criminal defense strategy or even result in a lawsuit against local law enforcement. Knowing your rights, like when police can arrest you or when they can search your home, helps you protect them.

A DUI in my own driveway?

Driving after drinking is always a very serious risk, but in some cases, you may face DUI charges even if you're not actually driving. The law generally frowns upon individuals who exceed the legal limit being in a driver's seat at all.

This brings about an interesting legal conflict — can people receive DUIs in their own driveways? After all, they are not necessarily on a road governed by public traffic laws.

What are the many benefits of a prenuptial agreement?

Once you find that special someone and set a wedding date, you will have a lot on your mind.

While planning your big day is important, you should also turn your attention to the distant future. This may lead you to learn more about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

When can law enforcement legally enter your private residence?

As most people are aware, the Fourth Amendment limits the ability of the state to search a person or private property and also protects against unfair or unnecessary seizure of property. Unfortunately, over the years, the Fourth Amendment and the protections it affords have been eroded both by common law enforcement practices and court precedent.

It's important for all citizens to understand their legal rights, including when it's legal for law enforcement to search your home. After all, if you don't understand your civil liberties, how can you possibly stand up for them?

More assets mean more difficulty in divorce for many couples

Getting divorced can be a difficult, painful process. You are formally ending a relationship that you had hoped, at one time, would last the rest of your life. You and your former spouse are likely to disagree on many things about how to handle your divorce, including how to split up your possessions.

You may both want to retain your primary home, or you could disagree about how to fairly split your debts, which may include credit cards and student loans as well as a mortgage. The greater the overall value of your assets, the more likely it may be that you and your spouse will disagree about the split.

Could a medical condition have caused your DUI charge?

Many people seem to think that breath tests, also called breathalyzers, are infallible. This leads to an assumption by many that anyone who is facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge must be guilty. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In reality, breathalyzers can and do produce false positives for a wide range of reasons. In some cases, a false positive is due to a malfunctioning unit or administration by someone who isn't following best practices. In many other cases, medical conditions can impact the results of a breathalyzer test, making it seem like there was alcohol when there wasn't.

If you or someone you love is facing a DUI charge or a charge of Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI), your best hope for a positive outcome is working with an experienced Colorado defense attorney. There may be a simple explanation, but you will need the advocacy of a lawyer if you hope to convince the courts. Whether you believe there was an issue with how the officer administered the breathalyzer test or there may be a medical cause for your failed test, you'll need help to beat your pending DUI charges.

Breathalyzers: Why they're not foolproof

You went out to dinner with some friends, and you had a few drinks. You didn't think much of it, since you only had a few and were there for several hours. You got behind the wheel of your vehicle and started heading home when a police officer comes up behind you and pulls you over.

You had gone over the center line, likely when you were trying to change the radio station. The officer says he'd like to give you a breathalyzer test because he can smell alcohol on your breath. You agree, because you know you won't be over the limit.

Follow these tips when asking your husband for a divorce

As unfortunate as it may be, there may come a time when you realize that divorce is the only way to better your life. If you find yourself in this position, you know how difficult it can be to move forward with the process.

Asking your husband for a divorce can be one of the most troubling things you ever do. This is even more so the case if the person doesn't see it coming.

A DUI conviction can haunt you for years

Colorado has steep penalties for those convicted of, or who plead guilty to, a driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) offense. If you're facing charges because of an alleged DUI or DWAI, you need the help of an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better. Ideally, you won't speak to law enforcement at all after your initial arrest until your attorney is present. Your attorney can review what happened and then provide you with guidance about your next step forward.

It's possible a medical condition contributed to your DUI charge. It's also possible that there were issues with the performance of the field sobriety test or the maintenance of the breath testing unit. Whatever the circumstances, your best possible outcome is usually in the hands of an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands DUI laws.

Hard-working business pros benefit from divorce mediation

Are you the type of person who spends a lot of time at work? Does the same hold true for your spouse?

If you find yourselves in this position when faced with divorce, you know one thing to be true - you don't have a lot of time to spend on the process. Even so, you don't want to make rash decisions that could work against you now and in the future.

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