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Speed and alcohol can result in a DUI arrest

A death caused by a motor vehicle accident is a tragedy. It can be all the more so if caused by a drunk driver. A recent accident in Tennessee that took the life of a man may have been the result of drunk driving by a person who was apparently out on bail for a previous DUI charge.

Two cars collided on a highway near Memphis on a recent Thursday morning. A witness reported seeing a car speeding past him at what he described as speed in excess of 100 mph. A short time later, the person who had reported seeing the speeding vehicle came upon the crash scene. The witness reported stopping to offer assistance, and the driver asked for a ride. Police arriving on the scene caused the driver to flee.

Facing DUI charges can be a harrowing experience

Young people in Tennessee are often in a hurry to grow up. This is particularly true of those leaving their teen years and entering their 20s. The legal drinking age is 21 but some find it difficult to resist the temptation when at a party or out with friends. A person may not be aware of the impact alcohol can have on one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and a DUI arrest can be the result.

A young woman, 20 years old, was out with friends on a recent evening and reportedly had a false ID that allowed her to purchase alcohol earlier in the evening. She was apparently driving home when she ran off the road and struck a pole. Someone reported seeing her get into another car and ride away. That car was said to have been driven by a member of her family.

Gray divorce can be fraught with financial stumbling blocks

Divorce rates in the United States are on the decrease among younger married couples. This generation is waiting longer to get married, with the couple often living together first. This contributes to the decrease as couples may be more mature and know each other better before entering into marriage. There is one group where the divorce rate is on the rise. The divorce rate for those over 50 is increasing at a very rapid rate for couples in Tennessee and around the nation.

Gray divorces, as they are known, doubled to 10 per 1,000 in 2017 from five per 1,000 in 1990. For couples over 65 the rate tripled from two divorces per 1,000 to six per 1,000 in the same time frame. While the impact of divorce can be devastating at any age the financial implications for older couples can be significant due to older couples often being past their peak earning years. It can cost significantly more to maintain two homes than one. It is also important to remember that when it comes to asset distribution, all retirement dollars are not created equal.

Financial implications for gray divorce

Marriages are entered into with a promise of 'for better or worse.' Many couples who have been married for a long time, raised families and had careers are questioning that promise as they consider their happiness in their golden years. The rate of divorce generally has decreased except for those over 50. The rate of the gray divorce is increasing in Tennessee and around the country.

Among the biggest issues facing any couple in a divorce, but especially those who are older, are financial issues. A person's peak earning years may have passed if he or she is in her 60s. When figuring spousal support, this could be a significant issue. There are many other financial concerns that should be understood when beginning the process.

Is taking a breath test mandatory when suspected of DUI?

When an officer pulls you over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, it can be stressful and somewhat frightening. In that moment, you may not know what your options are. Do you have to comply with an officer's demands? Do you have to submit to a breath test? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

Complying with an officer's demands during a traffic stop is something that seems non-negotiable. It is true, to a point. You do still have rights, though. For instance, you do have the right to refuse sobriety testing, in any of its forms. Just know that there may be consequences for doing so.

Pleasant afternoon can result in charges of DUI

Sunday afternoons in the summer invite one to venture outdoors, enjoy the pleasant weather, spend time with friends and perhaps have a few drinks. A woman possibly returning home from one such afternoon in Tennessee may have been unaware of how alcohol she had consumed impaired her ability to drive. An accident resulted in the woman being charged with DUI.

The accident occurred on I-26 eastbound when a driver failed to negotiate a curve. The driver lost control of the car as she attempted to navigate the curve. The car ended up on the side of the road where it came to a stop against a cable barrier. Debris from the collision flew up and hit another vehicle that was traveling west.

Summer fun can lead to a tragic DUI

Summer is the season for enjoying time with friends, laying back and occasionally drinking a little bit too much. Getting behind the wheel of a car if one has had a few drinks can lead to a DUI or worse. A person may not be aware of how alcohol can affect one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and tragic accidents can be the result. Such accidents can have a serious impact on one's future in Tennessee.

A recent accident left three teenagers in serious condition when the car they were riding in collided with another vehicle. It was very early on a weekday morning and the car the teens were riding in turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The oncoming vehicle struck the car on the right side in the middle, resulting in a T-bone collision.

DUI charges and the death of a friend equals a nightmare scenario

 A young person who is charged with drunk driving can feel like his or her life is coming to an end. When the accident that led to the charge involves the death of another person, one's life can quickly become a nightmare. A young man from Tennessee was involved in such an accident when he was 18. The young woman who was killed was a passenger in his car. The man who had been driving was recently sentenced in a case that included charges of DUI.

The accident happened in May of 2018 when the driver and three friends were in a car driving near Tyler. According to the investigation, the man who was driving attempted to make a turn and lost control of his car. The car became airborne and crashed into a tree. The driver and two of the passengers were transported to an area hospital. The other passenger, a 17-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene.

New sex crimes law in Tennessee may go too far

Being arrested and charged with a sex crime is a serious offense that can leave a person feeling frightened and overwhelmed. A new Tennessee law may serve to add to those feelings of malaise. A law that went into effect on July 1 states that a person convicted of juvenile sex crimes is barred from living with his or her own minor children.

A father in Tennessee had to tell his 7-year-old daughter that he had to move out. He had been accused of inappropriate touching by his stepdaughter seven years ago. Though he denied it and said it stemmed from a disciplinary action imposed by him and his wife, his attorney recommended that he accept a plea deal. The prosecution was asking for a sentence of 18 years. He accepted the plea deal and got probation and has had no issues with the law in the past seven years.

Have police accused you of fentanyl-related crimes?

In recent years, it seems as if fentanyl has been gaining more popularity among news stories. Still, many people may not fully understand what fentanyl is or why it is cause for such concern, especially when related to drug crimes. If authorities accuse you of illegally possessing or selling this substance, you may find yourself more than interested in all the commotion.

Fentanyl itself is a synthetic opioid intended for pain relief. It has similar properties to morphine, but fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which also makes it more dangerous when in the wrong hands. As a result, authorities in Tennessee and across the country have been trying to crack down on illegal use of the substance. Unfortunately for you, that could mean having criminal charges brought against you.

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