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Employment consequences can come from criminal charges

Criminal charges can make various aspects of life challenging, but things can become even more complex if you're convicted. One area that's particularly difficult for people to handle is the way that it can affect their employment.

Many employers do criminal background checks before they hire employees. For some, any criminal conviction is an automatic disqualifier. This isn't always the case, and some employers prefer to consider the circumstances of the criminal conviction before they lose someone who can be a valuable asset to the company.

Prosecutorial discretion should be carefully considered

People often wonder why one person might face a criminal charge for an act while another person just gets a warning. In some cases, the answer to this is prosecutorial discretion. This power enables prosecutors and police officers to have discretion when they are interacting with potential defendants.

There are several areas in which prosecutorial discretion applies. Understanding what this means and how it impacts various cases might be beneficial.

How does an accident change a drunk driving case?

Drunk driving is a criminal action that must be avoided when possible. What some people might not think about when they are discussing impaired driving is that car crashes can happen when drivers aren't able to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. This severely complicates DWI charges.

The circumstances of the accident can impact what happens after the wreck. Being involved in an accident when you are impaired can lead to more criminal charges than what might be possible if there isn't a car crash as well. In the most basic drunk driving case, you face considerable fines, time in prison, the loss of your driver's license and other consequences.

How virtual visitation can help oil workers with custody

Whether you're traveling to a meeting or convention in another state or working offshore for a prolonged period of time, working in the oil industry can often mean spending a lot of time away from your home in Duncan. When you have a family, it can be hard to spend days or even weeks without getting to see your children and your spouse.

The distance and time away can put strain on a marriage and increase your chances of a divorce, in some situations. Unfortunately, in a divorce, your work schedule could begin to pose issues for child custody arrangements. If you are gone for a long time, you won't be able to assert your parental rights. That could hurt your relationship with your kids and leave you feeling isolated and lonely.

5 child custody tips for oil industry workers

The oil industry isn't an easy place for anyone to work. There are many variables that can change the work schedule of individuals who count on working for an oil employer. While this is just a fact of life for the employees, it can pose a unique problem for some workers – those who have parenting plans or child custody arrangements.

It is difficult to think about having to go through a legal battle when you aren't sure what's going on with work. No matter which side of the case you are on, your goal should be to do what is best for the children. Considering these points might help you to come up with an agreement.

What happens after a drunk driving stop in Oklahoma?

Drunk driving laws in Oklahoma are very strict, so it behooves everyone to simply avoid driving if they've been drinking. Police officers who are on patrol are trained to spot impaired drivers, so it is possible that you will be pulled over even if you aren't intoxicated. The events after the officer pulls you over determine what happens next.

There are several points that you need to know if you are ever facing a drunk driving accusation in this state. All of these elements can play a part in the criminal case if you are charged with a crime.

Will you avoid these DUI checkpoint slip-ups?

Regardless of where you're driving, there's a possibility you could find yourself funneled into a DUI checkpoint. If this happens, your heart will begin to race and your mind will think the worst. This holds true even if you've only consumed one drink.

The biggest concern with a DUI checkpoint is that you'll do something that gives the officer more reason to believe you're under the influence. Of course, if you've been drinking, the chance of making a mistake is much greater.

Criminal cases entail a host of elements

There are several things that happen when a person is accused of a crime. Some of the following may only apply to certain cases. People who are facing any type of criminal matter should understand the criminal justice system.

You shouldn't base your thoughts on what you've seen on television or in the movies. Instead, make sure that you are informed with how the criminal justice system actually works.

Cops use certain markers to spot drunk drivers

Police officers are charged with keeping the cities and roads safe. One of their duties is to do their best to keep drunk drivers off the streets. In an effort to do this, cops look for certain behaviors when they are watching how people drive.

When a police officer sees something that indicates drunk driving, he or she will make contact with the driver. The basis for this is known as reasonable suspicion. This is a much different concept than probable cause. Here's what you need to know about drunk driving stops and reasonable suspicion:

Is it time to update your will?

Protecting the ones you love and making sure that your end of life wishes remain clearly stated are important parts of creating a will. If you've already taken the step of making a will, then you are well ahead of many Americans who continue to put it off. Some of them will wait too long and never get around to crafting a will, leaving a mess for their survivors to sort through while they simultaneously cope with the loss of their loved one. Fortunately, if you already have a will, then you don't have to worry about that nearly as much.

However, a will is only as useful as it is accurate. If you change your mind later on about something that you put into the will, then you should certainly take the time to amend it and make sure that your wishes remain clear.


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Duncan, OK 73534

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