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Choosing bankruptcy to manage debt in Alabama

Most people in Alabama are hard workers, dedicated to supporting themselves and their families. Unfortunately, even those with the best of intentions can experience an unexpected medical situation or the loss of a job, ultimately resulting in significant financial hardship and debt. This debt can quickly become overwhelming, leaving people wondering about their options for debt management. Depending on the individual circumstances, filing for bankruptcy may be the best path.

Once the decision to seek such protection has been made, a potential petitioner must also choose which form of bankruptcy to seek. Chapter 7 is often considered the most direct option. As part of the proceedings, a petitioner's nonexempt property will be sold and the proceeds of that sale are distributed to creditors. Though this option is controlled by strict income limits, the individual can start again immediately with a clean financial state once the process is complete with the debt discharged.

What should I do during an illegal police search?

The police in Alabama have broad powers to search you and your property for contraband. But there are limits, starting with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Unfortunately, what happens in the real world does not always go the way the law says it should.

If you are ever subject to a police search that you suspect has crossed the line, here is what you should do:

Teenager killed, 3 others injured in Alabama car accident

Most people know that when they travel in a motor vehicle, there is a chance of being involved in a traffic accident. These chances may increase under certain circumstances, such as when the driver has little experience. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a recent car accident in Alabama involving a teenage driver has left one family mourning the unexpected loss of a passenger in the vehicle.

The accident reportedly happened around 9 p.m. on a day in February. According to reports, a 16-year-old female driver was headed northwest in a sedan when the vehicle reportedly exited the right side of the road. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to veer off the left side of the road and strike a tree.

Alabama teens charged with assault, attempted murder in shooting

Disputes are not uncommon among people with differing opinions and values, including among teenagers. While violence is rare, police alleged that an ongoing dispute may have been the motivation behind a recent shooting in Alabama. The incident left two people in the hospital and three people facing criminal charges, including attempted murder and assault.

The incident reportedly happened at approximately 9 a.m. on a day in early February. According to reports, police responded to a call reporting a shooting. When they arrived at the scene, they are said to have discovered a 19-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and a 17-year-old female suffering from a shot to her leg. The former is said to be in critical condition with the latter listed in stable condition.

What to do if you are stopped by the police for DUI

Getting pulled over by law enforcement can be stressful no matter what the reason. One way to ease this situation is to be prepared for it before you are faced with it. When you are properly prepared, you can think clearly about what needs to be done and any angst or stress about what may happen can be suppressed with knowledge.

For many people, flashing red lights appearing in their rear-view mirror will make common sense vanish, only to be replaced with a defensive mentality. Since this sort of approach can make the circumstances you are in worse, here are helpful strategies on what you should do if pulled over by the police, especially if it is for suspicion of DUI.

When do police have probable cause?

In many places in the world, police can stop you on the street and detain you or enter your home and seize any property they think might incriminate you in a crime. To do this, they only need to have a "gut feeling" that you might be engaged in an illegal activity.

This is not the case in the United States. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that citizens can't be subject to searches unless government officials have "probable cause" to get a warrant from the court that allows them to arrest a citizen or search or seize property. The warrant must state specifically who is to be arrested and why, or what is to be searched.

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