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Do not let drug charges derail a bright future

Every day, Missouri residents make decisions that may have repercussions on other events in their lives. A choice today may affect a decision tomorrow, and while many problems can be undone through hard work and planning, certain legal situations can be difficult to overcome so that individuals can get their lives back on track. For example, the choice to ignore a pending drug charge may have long-term consequences for a Cuba resident.

Previous post on this blog discussed the elements of drug possession cases and the serious penalties that individuals can face if they are convicted of their alleged crimes. While a single drug offense charge may not seem like a life-altering event for someone, it can create a permanent record of criminal conduct that can follow them for their life.

Is joint custody always awarded pursuant to a divorce?

Families that undergo the stresses of divorce understand that different factors will have different impacts on how individual cases are resolved. In Missouri and other jurisdictions throughout the nation, matters related to the custody of children will turn on how courts can best serve those children's interests. As such, parents may witness different child custody outcomes when their divorces move through the family law courts of the state.

In some cases, parents may be able to work together and share in the physical and legal custody of their children. While physical custody covers the decision of where a child will live, legal custody covers the right of a parent to be involved in the decision-making process of raising their child. These parents may be granted joint custody of their children and may share both their physical and legal custodial responsibilities.

Important elements in a drug possession case

In order for a Missouri prosecutor to build a strong drug possession case against an individual, they must be able to demonstrate that the individual's conduct met all of the required elements for the charge they are facing. As with other crimes, drug possession charges focus on the accused individuals' intentions to break the law and their actions that actually violate the law. Without evidence of intent or action, a person may be able to avoid conviction on their drug possession charge.

The intent element of a drug possession charge generally focuses on the individual's knowledge about the illegal substance they allegedly possess. The person must know that they have an illegal drug in their possession to satisfy this requirement. If a person believes that the substance they have is legal and not illicit, they may lack the required intent to be guilty of possessing an illegal drug.

Was there a problem with your DWI traffic stop?

Facing DWI charges in Missouri can be scary. You may be unsure of what to expect and how you can ever fight back and protect yourself. A conviction can result in penalties that range from loss of driving privileges to time behind bars, and you understand a strong defense is crucial – but where do you start?

One of the most critical components of a DWI defense is to carefully examine every interaction you had with law enforcement. If you experienced a violation of your rights or there was no probable cause for your traffic stop, it could compromise the prosecution's entire case. In order to have a valid reason to pull a motorist over for suspected drunk driving, there must be reasonable suspicion.

The role of fault in securing a Missouri divorce

Celebrity divorces show up in the local news from time to time, giving Cuba residents a glimpse into the lives of the entertainers who sing their favorite songs and act in their favorite movies. It is not uncommon for the reasons for these divorces to be listed as "irretrievably broken" or for the divorcing parties to have "irreconcilable differences" between them. Divorces that are based on broken relationships and differences between the parties are often termed no-fault divorces because they are simply the result of relationships that have run their course.

The status of marijuana under Missouri law

Across the nation, changes have been slowly taking hold with regard to how the use and possession of marijuana is viewed by the states. Some jurisdictions have decriminalized the possession of the substance in small quantities, while others have maintained their stiff stance against having any amount of marijuana in one's control. Missouri has enacted legislation that legalizes marijuana for some individuals in the state, but there is still much confusion over how the drug should be handled by law enforcement officials.

What you need to know about Missouri DWI laws

Receiving a driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense in Missouri can be devastating, especially if it is your first time. The state of Missouri takes a strict stance on drinking and driving.

Drivers convicted of a DWI can face severe penalties, which can include fines, jail time and suspension of a driver’s license. 

Your kids need you now more than ever: Help them adapt to divorce

Any number of issues may have prompted your decision to divorce. You are among many other Missouri parents who have determined that their marriages are no longer sustainable and are now moving forward to file the necessary paperwork in court to end their marital relationships. Like most good parents, your children's best interests are your highest priority, and you may be a bit worried about how they'll fare as they adapt to their new lifestyle.

There is no way to predict the future, but the fact is, divorce doesn't necessarily have to ruin your children's lives. The more you understand about the psychological and emotional levels of your own kids according to their age groups, the better able you'll be to help them cope. You'll likely have many good days and some bad; however, with a strong support system in place, you and your kids can overcome most obstacles that arise.

How can I improve my co-parenting skills?

Being a parent is not easy, but successfully parenting alongside an ex-spouse can be especially difficult at first. With a recent shift toward more shared custody situations, many Missouri parents are struggling to find the right balance. However, successful co-parenting is completely possible.

As with all things involving child custody after a divorce, co-parenting's main focus should be the kids. You and your ex probably agree on this point, but determining exactly what their best interests are can be somewhat trickier.

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