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What to do if the police stop you for a DUI

Noticing police lights flashing in your rearview mirror can be an unsettling experience. Now imagine that you went out and had a few alcoholic drinks before getting behind the wheel. You are aware of the strict DUI penalties in Alabama and know that an arrest could have a negative impact on both your personal and professional life. Naturally, this unsettling sensation may progress to panic.

If you find yourself in a situation similar to this, it is crucial that you know how to best conduct yourself.

Phone addiction: Does it increase chances of personal injury?

Many Alabama residents are addicted to their cell phones. It is a problem that appears to be on the rise throughout the country. Data suggests that phone addicts who drive may be at great risk for causing personal injury in distracted driving accidents.

There are numerous signs and symptoms that indicate a person might have a cell phone addiction. Often, phone addicts become depressed, agitated, restless or even angry if they lose access to their phones. Many of them also spend more and more time using their phones because, like drug addiction, the satisfaction or gratification one gets from feeding the addiction tends to take longer to achieve as time passes.

Car accident: Pedestrian struck, killed in Alabama crosswalk

There are a variety of different ways to legally utilize Alabama roadways. Because of this variety, all users -- especially those driving a motor vehicle -- must be aware of others in the area and take action to prevent causing a car accident that could have serious consequences. The recent death of a pedestrian demonstrates the potential harm that an accident can create.

The incident that resulted in a 33-year-old woman's death reportedly happened during the morning hours of a day in early August. According to reports, the victim was in a crosswalk when an eastbound vehicle struck her. The vehicle then struck a nearby hotel.

Criminal charges in alleged Alabama kidnapping case

Social media has a great role in a variety of different aspects of life. It has changed how people interact with one another and conduct business. In fact, it even has a role in police work; police in Alabama claim that a social media post recently led to criminal charges against a man.

The incident happened on a day in July. Reports indicate that a 30-year-old man's post went viral one afternoon. The video, according to police, showed an alleged victim tied to a chair. They believe that the man who posted the video kidnapped and assaulted the man before tying him to a chair and lighting a fire underneath him.

Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos settle their divorce

Marriage is an adjustment. After couples say their vows to one another, many spouses in Alabama must learn how to cohabitate with one another. In the first few years, some may decide that they are not compatible. Others may have several years -- even decades -- together and then decide that their marriage is no longer working for a variety of different reasons. In fact, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos recently settled their divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Many people have been watching the Bezoses' divorce, wondering how the decisions made will impact the company created during their marriage, Amazon. However, the wait for an answer was not a long one. The couple reached a settlement and finalized their divorce six months after announcing their separation. 

Ways to prepare for a job during prison and once you’re released

Have you made some poor choices that have landed you behind bars? Whether it’s a few months, a couple years or a decade, use the available resources and time to your advantage and better yourself. Most prisons offer educational opportunities, including options to finish your general educational development (GED), start or finish your college education, begin vocational training or become skilled in other sought-after areas.

For example, many restaurants provide ex-cons a second chance; culinary skills or sales/business knowledge would come in handy if pursuing that industry once you’re released. The longer you’re incarcerated, the more important it becomes to continually educate and better yourself to keep up with the changes in the outside world and ensure you’re marketable to someone when you get out.

9 people taken to hospital in Alabama motor vehicle accident

Parents are often left with difficult decisions. For example, some parents may struggle with whether to allow their child to travel with an extracurricular group. Allowing them to do so may mean trusting their child's safety to another adult. Unfortunately, a motor vehicle accident involving a youth wrestling group in Alabama may be giving some parents cause to reconsider doing so.

The accident reportedly happened on a day in mid-June. Reports indicate that the 15-passenger van was carrying 10 passengers and the driver as the group traveled out of state for a youth wrestling tournament. Unfortunately, the van reportedly left the road and overturned.

Alabama couple killed in car crash; community supports children

Children, regardless of their age, are never prepared to deal with the unexpected death of their parents. Unfortunately, two children in Alabama are now faced with the reality of life without their parents as a result of a fatal car crash. While multiple people have contributed to a fundraising effort to support them, they may still struggle financially as a result of their loss.

The incident that led to the loss of the lives reportedly happened one Saturday afternoon on a day in late May. According to reports, the couple was stopped at an intersection in a sport utility vehicle, waiting to make a turn. A second SUV, allegedly driven by a teenager, reportedly struck their vehicle in the rear.  

Passing the means test for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy

There are many people living in Alabama who are struggling with debt. Often this debt was accrued as a result of circumstances beyond the person's control -- such as losing a job or a serious illness or injury. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by debt, many people ultimately choose to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. To qualify for this, they must first past a means test.

In the past, courts could use a great deal of discretion to determine whether a person qualifies for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, the Bankruptcy Protection Act of 2005 changed these standards. As part of the changes mandated by this law, petitioners are now required to pass a means test.

What penalties could I face for a domestic violence charge?

There are a variety of potential domestic violence charges, and the potential consequences you could end up with depend on your specific charge. For example, you could be charged with domestic violence in the first degree, second degree, third degree, by strangulation, by suffocation or by interfering with an emergency domestic violence call. These range in severity from a Class A felony to a Class B misdemeanor.

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