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Fighting back against Kentucky DWI/DUI charges

Imagine you were on your way home from a party and you got pulled over. The officer smelled alcohol on your breath, so he administered several field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer. Following that, you were placed under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated (also known as driving under the influence).

Given the potential serious consequences that come along with a DWI/DUI conviction, you know that you need to aggressively fight back against the charges you’re facing. You might not know that it is actually possible to challenge both the evidence against you and the charges pending in a DWI/DUI case.

Are millennials ‘killing’ divorce?

The millennial generation, those between the ages of 22 and 37 in 2018, face blame for negatively impacting everything from sit-down restaurants to the diamond industry. One new thing that millennials stand accused of “killing” is divorce.

Divorce is down among millennials and Gen Xers (those between 38 and 53 in 2018) alike for a few different reasons. First and foremost is that fact that both of these demographics are waiting longer to get married. Statistically, waiting until the late 20s or early 30s to marry results in a smaller chance of divorce, while couples who marry in their late teens and early 20s are more likely to split.

Is your lawnmower hazardous to your health?

A newly released study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, (published in the industry journal Public Health Reports) suggests that lawnmowers are far more hazardous than many of us had previously realized.

There are an estimated 6,400 lawnmower-related injuries each year, and each comes with a cost of approximately $37,000 in medical expenses alone.

Don’t ‘fall’ for these autumn driving hazards

Many of us breathe a sigh of relief when fall arrives each year. The kids are back in school, it’s football season, the leaves are changing, and the weather is cooler. As nice as it is to have lower temps and apple picking, though, there are road hazards associated with autumn that it’s sometimes easy to forget.

Slippery leaves

Are you at risk for divorce?

As compatible as two people may seem, there are some subtle signs and risk factors that their marriage may end in divorce.

This post will discuss several key elements that, while not necessarily predicting divorce, have been shown to increase a couple’s risk of an unsuccessful marriage.

Could anti-lock brakes help prevent motorcycle crashes?

A recent vote by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) may be the first step in having key safety features like anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control systems make their way onto motorcycles. The NTSB voted unanimously on Tuesday, September 11, as part of a public hearing on the topic.

The NTSB’s vote was only the first step in a long process of actually having these increased safety options present on America’s motorcycles. It doesn’t mean that new motorcycles will automatically have them, or even that we’ll see them in the next few years. This is because of the proverbial red tape and jumble of interwoven administrative bodies governing the sales of motor vehicles across the country. Only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – not the NTSB – actually has the power to pass regulations requiring the presence of anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control systems. 

Trampolines bring risk of injury with every jump

Trampolines abound throughout Kentucky; they come big and small, netted and open, and in various colors. In spite of their popularity, they are dangerous and can result in serious injuries, particularly to children.

Trampoline use results in about 90,000 emergency room visits every year around the country. The sheer volume of injuries caused by trampoline use means that most homeowners’ insurance companies will either not cover them at all, or will require an additional cost before coverage is provided.

Obtaining visitation rights to your grandchildren in Kentucky

Divorces cause significant changes among family dynamics. Parents can apply for custodial rights, but when a judge rules to grant one parent sole custody, grandparents' relationships with their children may prove negatively affected.

If your son or daughter was denied custody by a Kentucky court, you, as a grandparent, may still have the opportunity to apply for visitation rights. Judges work diligently to ensure that children's lives are not detrimentally affected by separating family members. If you have a strong relationship with your grandchildren, you may apply for the right to visit them, but you need approval by a Kentucky court to ensure your visit's legality.

The facts on traumatic brain injury

Negligent behavior can easily result in serious injuries for hapless victims. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is just one example of the type of physical harm that can occur because of car accidents and other incidents. While effects vary from person to person, in some cases TBI has lifelong consequences. The following information illustrates how serious this condition can be and what types of treatments are available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a ten-year period rates of TBI have actually increased. For instance, in 2001 approximately 521 out of 100, 000 fatalities, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits were related to TBI. Ten years later 615.7 out of 100,000 the same occurrences were attributed to TBIs. TBI fatalities in particular comprise 17.1 out of 100,000 ER visits, which is a slight decrease over 2001 rates.

What happens after DUI conviction in Kentucky?

Picture this: you are driving home from drinks with a friend, and suddenly you see the police behind you, pulling you over for suspicion of driving under the influence. The police find that you are intoxicated beyond the legal limit and you are arrested. Now you are facing a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction can be daunting for anyone, but you may be more concerned about what happens after the authorities convict you.

Kentucky takes driving under the influence very seriously, as do most states. For this reason, the punishment for a DUI conviction can be pretty severe, especially if this is not your first offense. For the purposes of this post, we will look at the consequences you will face for a first offense DUI.

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