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How can I regain custody of my kids after completing drug rehab?

If you are a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you surely realize that you cannot be the best parent possible when you are actively using drugs or alcohol. Still, the idea of completing a rehab program is terrifying to you, not the least because someone else will need to step in and care for your children.

Addicted parents often feel that they are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting sober. On the one hand, if they don't face up to their addiction, they may be able to hide their drug usage and retain custody. But if they do the right thing and enter a rehab program, that means surrendering custody of the children so that they may be cared for adequately while they seek treatment.

Why does divorce happen? Let's take a look.

No one gets married while expecting to get divorced. Even those who use a prenuptial agreement -- addressing what will happen if they do eventually decide to split up -- hope they will never have to use it.

Even so, divorce is common. While people often say that "half" of all marriages end in divorce, the real percentage is a lot more fluid than that. Still, regardless of what it is, it's common. Most people have either gotten divorced or they know someone who has.

An off-duty DUI charge can end your truck driving career

Working as a truck driver is a demanding job. You probably work very long shifts, likely 10 hours or more on any given day. There are also the physical demands of the career, which include not only remaining alert and attentive while driving for hours on end but also the physical demands of gripping the steering wheel and loading or unloading the cargo in the truck.

Given how hard the job can be, it's little surprise that truck drivers who aren't at work want to relax and enjoy their time. For many people, relaxing means enjoying a beer or another alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately, the decision to have a few drinks to relax could mean that you wind up facing serious consequences that could affect your income and ability to keep working, even if you weren't drunk.

How much spousal maintenance will you receive in Indiana?

When you get a divorce, one consequence is a significant change in your financial situation. In addition to immediate court fees and other costs, your long-term financial security will change. You will no longer be able to rely solely on your spouse's income.

One helpful source of assistance is child support, which is mandatory when minor children are in the picture. What about spousal maintenance? Spousal maintenance is not automatic but depends on numerous factors.

What you should know about felony DUI

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can get you in real trouble. Intoxicated driving can lead to a failure to recognize traffic control devices, erratic driving and worse.

In Indiana, operating while intoxicated (OWI) is the equivalent of a DUI. An arrest under DUI laws is bad enough, but if you cause someone else harm, you may face stiff penalties and a felony charge. A felony DUI has serious implications and consequences all around.

Understanding Indiana’s point system

When you get convicted of a traffic violation in Indiana, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles assesses a certain number of points against your Indiana driver’s license. How many points you get depends on the violation(s) for which you received a conviction.

For instance, speeding violation convictions result in the following number of points:

  • Two points for driving 1-15 mph over the posted speed limit
  • Four points for driving 16-25 mph over the posted speed limit
  • Eight points for driving 26 or more mph over the posted speed limit

Are drug courts effective?

Today’s drug offenders often face serious consequences after committing drug-related crimes. Often, it is the drug addiction that drives an offender’s criminal behavior. If you count yourself among the many people across Indiana currently suffering from drug addiction, you may understand all too well how your addiction can make you do things you otherwise would never dream of doing under normal circumstances.

The goods news, though, is that if your drug-related crime was not a violent one, you may be able to enroll in an Indiana drug court. Drug courts are programs designed to help drug offenders kick their addictions, and, in turn, keep more of them out of the justice and prison systems. The National Institute of Justice reports drug courts can be highly effective. Just how do drug courts typically work, and how could you benefit from enrolling in one?

How much can an Indiana DUI raise your insurance rates?

When law enforcement stops you in Indiana and an officer suspects you have recently drunk alcohol, he or she will probably ask that you take a breath test to reveal whether you have, in fact, consumed more alcohol than the law allows. If so, you can expect that authorities will file charges against you, and if those charges ultimately lead to a conviction, you can anticipate facing some particularly harsh penalties.

Even if it is your first time facing such a conviction, you can still anticipate spending time in jail, paying hefty fines, losing your license and installing an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, and there are various fines and fees associated with many of these repercussions. In addition to paying as much as $5,000 in fines alone, depending on your degree of intoxication, and having to install the ignition interlock device in your car at your own expense, reports that you can also plan on watching your auto insurance rates skyrocket following a DUI conviction.

How Indiana's expungement law works

Sometimes people make poor choices. These decisions can create temporary problems or have far-reaching consequences. If you face arrest and jail time, you may feel like your life is over.

Indiana does not believe in holding a mistake against you forever. If you faced arrest or, in some cases, conviction of a crime, there is a chance that you can petition to have the court erase your record. Doing so may wipe the slate clean as if the arrest or subsequent conviction never occurred. Take a look at some facts about how this Second Chance Act works.

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