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February 2015 Archives

Defending against DUI charges

In previous blogs posts, we've written about the severe penalties facing Minnesotans who are convicted of drunk driving charges. Depending on the circumstances, a first DUI offense may result in fines of up to $3,000, up to 12 months in jail and a driver's license suspension for up to one year. The fines and penalties increase substantially for subsequent DUI convictions.

Obtaining and enforcing child support in Minnesota

Today's American families are very different in composition from those of 40 or more years ago. According to a Pew Research Center, today less than half or roughly 46 percent of U.S. kids live with "two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage." With the U.S. divorce rate continuing to hover around 50 percent and a record number of children, an estimated 41 percent, being born outside of marriage; increasingly the word family is a relative term to many Americans.

Individuals advised not to make major commitments when "love drunk"

Throughout history; painters, writers and musicians have used their art as a means to express their thoughts and feelings about love and falling in and out of love. Scientists now understand that there is an actual chemical reaction that occurs within an individual's brain when he or she is falling in love.

Prosecutors face many challenges in child pornography cases

In Minnesota, an individual under the age of 18 is legally considered to be a minor. Both federal and state laws exist to protect minors from suffering exploitation and harm. Laws related to child pornography are among some of the strictest and individuals who either knowingly or unknowingly violate these laws face severe penalties.

Why juvenile incarceration isn't the solution

Historically, when it comes to dealing with juvenile offenders, the United States has taken a tough love approach. Punishments for crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18 may include incarceration at a juvenile detention facility. For the kids who end up in these facilities, high school graduation rates drop by nearly 40 percent while rates of incarceration by age 25 increase 41 percent.

For divorcing parents, the wellbeing of a shared child must remain the focus

In a recent post, we began discussing some of the challenges parents who are going through a divorce face when it comes to talking about an impending divorce with a child. Even in cases where divorcing parents are on relatively civil terms, there are bound to be times when strong emotions and hard feelings cause conflict between even the most civil and well-intended co-parents.

What does no-fault mean for divorcing Minnesota couples?

The word divorce usually conjures one of two emotions for many people. On the one side, people associate the word with hurt feelings and a contentious separation. For others though, divorce conjures feelings of relief and freedom. Regardless of this difference in feeling, both sides will agree that there is at least one thing they have in common when it comes to divorce: we all have questions about how the process will work.

Little sympathy for individuals convicted of white collar crimes equates to long sentences

According to The Sentencing Project, an estimated 2.2 million people in the U.S. currently call one of our nation's jails or prisons home. More than any other country, the U.S. relies heavily upon incarceration as a means of deterrence and punishment for criminal-related activities. However, considering that the number of people in the U.S. who are incarcerated has increased 500 percent during the last 30 years, locking people up does not appear to be an effective solution to fighting crime.

How can a divorcing parent help a child understand and cope with divorce?

Making the decision to file for divorce is not easy and individuals who do so have likely spent months or even years trying to work things out with a spouse. When kids are involved, some parents may attempt to stay in an unhappy or unhealthy marriage. However, doing so is not only unfair to both unhappily wed spouses, but also their children who are likely suffering the ill-effects of living under the same roof with two parents who are angry, resentful and no longer in love.

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