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Travel safely this holiday season as chances of a crash increase

You may be someone who enjoys traveling by car. Rather than booking a plane ticket or another form of transportation, you like to get behind the wheel and get to your destination on your own terms. In fact, you may plan to drive to multiple destinations this holiday season in order to see friends and family and to run holiday-related errands.

If you are planning on hitting the road for Christmas or other holiday matters, you are not alone. Roadway traffic often sees an increase during the holidays, which means that your chance of being involved in a car accident also increases. Because you undoubtedly do not want anything to increase that chance further, you focus on travel safety.

Guiding you through post-divorce child custody matters

The winter holidays are the time of year where many focus on togetherness and spending time with family. Unfortunately, when a family is no longer a unit because of divorce, this can create problems during the time of year that should be joyous and cheerful. Family law matters can complicate this time of year, especially when parents cannot come to an agreement with regards to who gets the children on which holiday. Thus, it is important for divorced parents to establish a custody arrangement and holiday schedule.

Although most if not all important decisions are decided during the divorce process, family law issues could arise post-divorce. These could cause stress and concern for those parents dealing with disputes concerning child custody. At Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., P.A., our skilled legal team provides a compassionate ear during these emotional and difficult times.

The serious nature of facing felony charges

Felony charges are criminal charges of a particularly serious nature. The penalties associated with these offenses are serious, and a conviction of a felony crime could change the course of your life. When facing these types of allegations, it is in your interests to fight back and defend yourself and your future interests.

These types of criminal charges are associated with particularly grave criminal offenses such as murder, assault and certain types of drug crimes. Typically, these crimes are punishable by at least one year in a state or federal correctional facility. As soon as you learn that you are under investigation for felony criminal activity or there are formal felony charges filed against you, you would be wise to start working on an appropriate defense strategy

Importation considerations around child support

Maryland child support is an important part of any divorce and can also be an important consideration for unmarried parents to address. Child support provides for the financial support of children and can sometimes be worked out between parents, but the family law court is also able to help guide parents through the sometimes challenging process.

Child support is generally decided based on the income of the parents and the child custody arrangement the parents have. Issues that might come up related to child support during a divorce include child support negotiations; child custody matters that impact child support; child support enforcement for a parent who fails to meet child support obligations; and child support modifications should the need arise. A significant change in circumstances for the child or parents, such as a job loss or increased school or healthcare costs for the child, may result in a child support modification request.

The basic elements of a medical malpractice claim

When a person is sick or needs medical attention, he or she goes to the doctor expecting to receive quality medical care and the right treatment plan. People place a lot of trust in medical professionals, and it can be devastating when these individuals do not provide quality care and support. In many cases, this is actually medical malpractice.

Malpractice can happen in many different circumstances, and it often results in additional physical suffering and financial costs for the patient. If you believe that you are the victim of some type of medical negligence or error, you do not have to suffer alone. You have the right to speak up and fight for justice – perhaps through a civil claim filed against the liable party.

How to challenge a field sobriety test

One way of challenging Maryland DUI charges may be to challenge a field sobriety test that the DUI charges are based on. It is always essential for accused drivers and anyone facing criminal charges to know how they may be able to challenge the charges they are facing and protect themselves from the potentially severe penalties and consequences associated with criminal and DUI charges.

Challenges to field sobriety tests may be based on three different approaches. Initially, it is important to note that it may be possible to challenge the reliability of field sobriety tests altogether. Studies have shown that even when they are performed correctly, field sobriety tests are only 81 percent to 91 percent reliable at determining intoxication. Ensuring that a field sobriety test is reliable is important for accused drivers and can be an important part of their criminal defense.

Understanding BAC to avoid a DUI or DWI

If you are like other southern Maryland residents, when it comes to blood alcohol content, you focus on trying to make sure that yours is not 0.08% or above since that is the state's legal limit. However, did you know that you could still face arrest even if your BAC does not reach that minimum level?

Learning a bit more about what happens as BAC rises in your body may help you better understand how you could end up in the back of a police car suspected of either driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

This is how a brain injury often presents itself

Maryland highways are dangerous places. There may be little to nothing you can do to avoid a collision, especially if a drunk driver or reckless person is sharing your roadway. The impact of a sudden collision often has serious, lasting effects. However, it's possible that you can suffer traumatic brain injury and not even know it right away.

The symptoms of blunt force trauma to the brain are not always immediately apparent. That's why close observation and medical attention are essential. Even if you've been home for a couple of days or longer, if you think your condition is not progressing as it should, don't hesitate to go back to the hospital or make an appointment to see your doctor.

Anticipating property division during a Maryland divorce

Knowing how property will be divided during a divorce in our state can be critical for divorcing spouses to understand because it can help them plan for their divorce and to prioritize and protect their property interests. The family law system provides a process for divorcing couples to help them divide their property when they divorce.

Maryland is considered an equitable property division state, which means that property will be divided fairly between the divorcing couples, rather than in half which is true in community property states where the ownership of all marital property is shared between the couple. Marital property is the only type of property that is subject to the property division process when a couple divorces, which makes understanding the definition of marital property essential for divorcing couples.

Criminal defense resources for drug offenses

Drug charges are serious criminal charges that can result in stiff prison sentences and steep fines.

Because of the particularly harsh nature of the potential penalties and consequences individuals accused of drug charges face, it is useful for them to be familiar with the criminal defense resources available to them.

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