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St. Patrick's Day: Don't let your luck run out

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and it's a day when people are sure to drink. Green beer has become a kind of symbol of this holiday, with restaurants and bars having the drink for only a short time.

You might be excited to head out and party with friends, but you need to consider the real dangers of going out on this party night. You could drink more than expected or even end up driving drunk if you're not prepared. While St. Patrick's Day is supposed to be fun, it's only fun if you're able to handle drinking and getting home safely.

During a traffic stop, what rights do you have?

A police car pulls out behind you and the flashing lights come on. You know that you have to stop. It does not matter if you know what you did wrong or not. You still have to stop. You pull over to the side of the road.

This is the point where many people assume that the police have all of the power and can do whatever they want. That's not true. You do have rights. The police are public servants. Do not forget about the power that you hold in a situation like this. Let's break down some of your rights.

You can seek custody even if you're estranged from the kids

When a marriage starts to break down, the way you respond may not always be the most logical approach. Some people tend to withdraw from relationships when they can see that the end is near. You might choose to leave the family home or start taking more travel assignments at work, thus limiting the amount of time you have to spend in a tense household.

Unfortunately, this approach can be particularly problematic for the parent who pulls away from the family. The courts could very well give primary or even sole custody of your children to your ex as a result of your withdrawing from the family unit.

Negotiate for the custody rights you're owed

As a parent, the worst thing you can imagine is having to be away from your child. That's why it's very important for you to establish your custody rights and a visitation or custody schedule that is appropriate for your situation.

If you and your spouse can't sit down and talk through your custody schedule, then you may need to prepare for custody negotiations in court. If that's the case, here are four things that could help or hurt you in court.

Your cold could cause a crash: Over-the-counter medications

Many people know that prescription medications have warnings that they can cause a multitude of problems such as drowsiness or anxiety. However, did you know that many of the medications you take over the counter can do the same?

No matter what kind of medication you take, you could face a DUI if you are too impaired to drive safely. Whether it's drowsiness, restlessness or other symptoms that affect your driving, you can still end up facing an arrest.

Avoid a DUI and start the new year right

With Christmas and New Year's Eve just around the corner, there has never been a better time to talk about ways to avoid a DUI in 2018. The last thing anyone wants is to end the year with a DUI, a court date and a huge financial burden.

DUIs are, fortunately, very easy to avoid. All you have to do is avoid drinking or using drugs when you plan to drive. That might be easier said than done, though, so it's good to have a contingency plan.

Clear communication helps when parents and children are apart

Whatever time of year it is, there are always holidays. As a single parent who has gone through divorce, it is probably difficult to know exactly where your child will be on each holiday. While you may have a general idea of who has your child at a certain time of year, you may not know exactly where events happen or who will be present.

If this is a problem, it is something that you can address directly with your ex-spouse as well as in court if a situation calls for the intervention of a judge. Here are a few tips for being safer when plans aren't certain.

3 tips for a safer, DUI-free 4th of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and, as such, it's a good time to talk about what you can do to stay safe. Obviously, no one wants to end up in a collision, and you likely don't want to drive while intoxicated. Planning ahead is essential, since alcohol is a common part of the festivities.

So, what can you do to be sure you won't facing charges and cause stress to yourself and family members? Get ready to avoid a DUI with these tips.

Protect your parenting time from interference

When two parents divorce, the complications of sharing custody of one or more children can prove very difficult to navigate. Even for parents who want to work together to create a good life for their children, the frustrations of sharing parenting time with a person with whom they no longer want to share a life is never easy to manage.

In most cases, even well-planned custody and parenting agreements get off to a bumpy start. This is normal for families. However, if the actions of either parent violate the rights of the other parent, courts may take action to keep the matter civil and fair.

Taking prescription drugs before driving could result in charges

There is a common misconception that if a drug came from a doctor, it is legal to use it and continue with your life as normal. That often includes getting behind the wheel of a car to drive to work or other social obligations. In reality, however, many medications doctors prescribe can affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Laws in Texas make it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or while impaired by illegal street drugs or prescription medication (DWI). Even if you don't believe your ability to drive changes when you take your medication, it's always best to err on the side of caution. If you have taken a new prescription and you are unsure about the side effects, use a ride share service, call for a taxi or have someone you trust drive you after taking it.


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