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3 defense strategies to help you beat a DUI charge

A DUI charge is a serious matter. It can have a devastating effect on your life if it results in  a conviction. Besides having to deal with jail time, fines and an interlock ignition device on your vehicle, you risk the effects it can have on your career, relationships, finances and other aspects of your life. 

Because you are facing a DUI, it is important for you to understand your defense options. You might not have an expert's understanding of the law, but the following information can provide you with a basic understanding of what your rights are and how to use them in your DUI defense effort. 

Are you damaging your criminal case?

One thing that you may not realize when you are facing criminal charges in Phoenix is that you have to be careful of how you act and what you say. If you act in an inappropriate manner, you could easily damage your chances in court. It does not matter how much or little evidence the court initially has against you, the wrong words and actions on your part could lead to a conviction. 

You do not need to be in jail awaiting your trial for your behavior to be under close scrutiny. To keep yourself from ruining your chances to have your criminal charges reduced or dropped, consider the following information. 

Key factors in modifying an Arizona parenting plan

After a divorce or separation, determining child custody and visitation arrangements is very  important. This lays a foundation for the interaction between parent and child moving forward.

Even parenting plans that parents or the courts develop with the best intentions may require changes for various reasons. Someone who is interested in or facing a parenting plan modification should be aware of these key factors.

Common causes of divorce

You may be in love and happily married to your spouse now, but your feelings may change as you get older. Many people in Arizona get married with the intent to remain with their spouses for as long as they live. Divorce is often the last thing on their minds. However, as time passes, some people start to discover the love they once had for their partners is gone. According to USA Today, 22 percent of couples who have been married for at least five years have about a one-in-five chance of separating. 

There many factors that contribute to some couples splitting up and others staying together. There is no way exact science to determine which married individuals are headed for divorce court. But there are some common risk factors that indicate that separation may become a reality in the future. Here are three factors that can increase a couple's chances of divorce

Types of prenuptial agreements

Though you hope your marriage will last for the long run, there is a chance it may not. In that instance, a proper prenuptial agreement can be helpful in creating an amicable split.

Some individuals may not be aware there are different types of prenuptial agreements to choose from. Take some time to review the options so you may select the best one for you and your special someone.

Can you say no to field sobriety testing?

You may not realize it, but it is possible for you to get charged with DUI even if you are not driving your car. If an officer walks up to you while you are sitting behind the wheel in your vehicle and smells alcohol on your breath, she or he has the right to detain you based on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

At this point, the officer will ask you to perform some field sobriety tests so he or she can determine your level of intoxication. 

Properly calculating child support from a military service member

It is a parent's duty to provide for her or his children. The military takes this responsibility quite seriously, which is why it requires service members to adhere to strict child support policies.

If you are divorcing from your spouse and either of you is a service member, it is important to understand how to determine how much child support you will receive or have to pay. A few different factors establish the proper payment amount.

The basics of Arizona property division

Property division often ranks among top concerns for divorcing couples. Whether you are trying to come to an amicable agreement or heading into a court battle, having the right information can help you protect yourself.

The first thing you should understand is that Arizona courts approach the issue of property division with several assumptions in place.

Do the child custody arrangements need revision?

Modifying a divorce agreement is a fairly common undertaking. Circumstances change in life, and you may find that your original agreement no longer works because a new situation has developed.

The court would likely be open to approving a change in your divorce agreement if the request involves a modification to child custody. If you and your ex are in tune on the change, so much the better.

What to do if co-parenting is not an option for your family

More family courts are encouraging divorced parents work together to raise a child. This type of plan is often called co-parenting.

In a high-conflict divorce, co-parenting might not be possible. However, it is important for children to have relationships with both parents. In a case where parents cannot communicate with each other, it might be better to look into establishing a parallel parenting plan.

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