Unhealthy Relationship Signs That May Surprise You

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Like most things that are worthwhile, relationships take constant work. No matter how long you’ve been with someone, whether in a romantic or platonic relationship, things will never be perfect. Yes, there will most definitely be some highlight reels that you can look back on with fondness, but the perfect relationship doesn’t exist. What does exist, though, are healthy and loving relationships. And, with determination from both parties, many healthy relationships can stand the test of time. However, some relationships, either with family members, friends, or a romantic partner, can take a turn for the worse in some cases and may even lead to domestic assault in Springfield. Before this happens, we want to make sure that you are able to spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship before something terrible happens. 

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Bizzare DUI Arrests of 2019

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Most of the time, DUI arrests in Missouri are relatively uneventful. 

Officer pulls a person over under suspicion of intoxicated driving, assesses their state, and determines whether or not that person is or is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, whenever you throw alcohol or drugs into the mix, things are bound to get weird. Here is the latest roundup of bizarre drunk driving tales from across the United States. Buckle up. You’re in for a wild ride.  

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What To Do When You’ve Been Pulled Over

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Like many things in life, we all drive a bit differently. For some of us, this can mean getting pulled over more than average, while others can go five to ten years without ever having an encounter with the police for breaking the rules of the road.

For those in the latter camp, getting pulled over can be incredibly stressful. It often happens when you least expect it. You’ve driven for so long without a police encounter that when those red and blue lights flash in your rearview mirror, combined with that ear-piercing siren, you might not know what to do at first.

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Serious Tax Problems And How To Handle Them

Most tax mistakes that people make are also ones that are relatively easy to remedy.  These are common issues like not filing on time, filing for a wrong status, making mistakes while filling out a tax form such as math mistakes or spelling errors, or even filing taxes on the wrong form.  While these mistakes will give you a headache and you’ll likely have to refile and offer explanations, and perhaps pay a small penalty, they usually are straightforward and quick to resolve. A tax preparer or attorney would easily be able to help you figure out how to handle these tax problems.  Less common, but much grimmer are the problems that come with not paying taxes for whatever reason. You want to avoid these if possible, but if you find yourself already past this point, there may still be some help for your tax woes.

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Getting Arrested: How Long Police Can Detain You And Other Important Facts

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Getting arrested for any reason can be one of the most stressful moments of your life, especially if it’s your first “brush” with the law. Most of us have no intention of being arrested, but it does happen. For this reason, it’s essential to understand your rights during this time so that’ll you be prepared should you ever find yourself in this position. From the “right to remain silent” to how long police can detain you and other critical information, this article seeks to explain information about getting arrested in Missouri that may not be common knowledge while focusing mainly on DUI or DWI related arrests from start to finish. This information should not be used in place of legal advice from a licensed criminal attorney. 

The first and possibly most important thing everyone should know once they have been arrested by police is that you have the right to consult with a DUI attorney before speaking with a law enforcement officer.

Understanding Your Rights When You Are Pulled Over For A DUI

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If a police officer pulls you over under suspicion of driving under the influence, he or she must have had reasonable cause or suspicion to pull you over in the first place. This could include anything from swerving between lanes, not yielding to traffic signals, erratic driving, driving to slow or too fast, etc. Pulling someone over for leaving a bar late at night, is not reasonable suspicion.

Once you have been pulled over, the officer will ask for license and registration and will also ask what you have been doing or are up to that night. When this question is asked it may be followed by a drinking or even drug use inquiry. Before answering the officer, know that you have the choice and the right to remain silent*. You do not have to tell the officer what or where you have been. You may feel the urge to tell the officer everything at this point, but it should be noted that everything you say and do once you are pulled over and throughout the process can be used against you in court. 

Other rights you should know if you are arrested for a DUI or any other crime, which usually fall under the blanket statement Miranda Rights and are designed to protect your rights as outlined by the fifth amendment, are:

  • You have the right to remain silent and the right to refuse to answer questions.
  • Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. 
  • You have the right to a consultation with an attorney before speaking to the police. You also have the right for an attorney to be present during any questioning.
  • If you are unable to afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning occurs if you wish. 
  • You can decide to answer questions without an attorney present and stop answering questions at any time until you speak with an attorney.

When you are pulled over for a DWI in Missouri, there is another law that plays into your rights that isn’t required for other crimes. The Implied Consent Law of Missouri states that if you decide to operate a motor vehicle, you have “implied consent” to submit to a chemical BAC test (either urine, blood, or saliva). If you refuse to do so (which is your right) your driver’s license will be automatically revoked for one year, even if you are not charged for the crime of a DUI or DWI. If this has happened to you, you will want to discuss your options with a DUI attorney as soon as possible. 

*If you refuse to answer any of the officer’s questions when they pull you over, you will be detained for questioning at a police station. This does not mean you are guilty. Simply call your DUI attorney to assist you during this process. 

How Long Can The Police Detain You: Booking and Arrest Policies

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If you are arrested you will be taken to a police station where you will either be booked in or detained for further questioning. As previously stated, you have the right to call your attorney at any time during this process.

If you are solely being detained and you believe that you are being detained unlawfully the first thing you should do is ask if you are or if you are free to leave. Until you do so, your detention is considered voluntary, even if you have expressed your choice to remain silent. If you don’t verbally ask to be let go you are, according to the law, volunteering to be detained. When you ask this question, the officer must either let you go or have a valid reason to continue to detain you. If you are not released, you should immediately state your desire to speak with a lawyer. If you are released, leave immediately. There is not a clearly defined length of time that an officer may legally detain someone and this varies greatly depending on the circumstances. Generally, an officer is only able to detain you for as long as it takes to conduct an investigation. In the case of a DUI arrest, this could include sobriety tests and questioning in the presence of your DUI attorney.

If you have been arrested for the crime in question, you will be booked. The booking process includes providing the officer with basic information about yourself, such as your name, birthdate, address, etc. You will then be fingerprinted and have a photograph or “mug shot” taken. 

Additionally, if you are arrested, law enforcement may legally perform a search of your person and take possession of your vehicle and search it as well. 

Upon arrest, the police will take any personal property or money that you have on your person. You will then be asked to sign for these items only if you agree to the contents written on the inventory. Signing this agreement confirms that you own all of the items listed on this inventory, legal and illegal. If you do not agree, do not sign. 

For further information on the arrest and post-booking process of an arrest, contact your local DUI attorney.

What it Takes to Become a DWI Attorney

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There are numerous things that must be accomplished to becoming a DWI Attorney. Certain requirements must be met before someone can practice law. If you are planning on becoming a DWI lawyer, there are a few steps that you must follow. The following steps must be accomplished to become a lawyer: (1) obtain a bachelor’s degree; (2) attend law school; (3) study for and pass the state’s bar exam, (4) pay the requisite fees to be licensed before the state and the various courts within the state.

Bachelor’s Degree

A lot of professional degrees require prerequisites or certain types of degrees to be eligible for their program. However, law school does not have any prerequisites, other than having a bachelor’s degree. This makes attending law school an easy option for those who have that desire. In law school you will see a lot of various bachelor degrees. Usually, there are a lot of people with political science and english degrees. These are great degrees to have when attending law school, especially if you want to be a DWI lawyer. The writing and reasoning skills that you will learn in these degrees will be extremely beneficial to you succeeding in law school. It does not matter where you receive your degree from as long as it is an accredited school.

Law School

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To be able to attend law school, you will need to take a standardized test called the LSAT. This exam will test your reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical skills, things that are essential to being a DWI lawyer. Depending on how well you score on the exam will be one of the things that get you into the law school of your choice. If you are planning on being a DWI attorney, it may not be a bad idea to attend a law school within the state. There will be an application process to get accepted into a school. These schools will look at your background, undergraduate GPA, and your LSAT score to determine whether or not you should be accepted. These factors will also determine whether or not you receive a scholarship.

There are certain focuses you can take while attending law school. To become a DWI attorney, it would be important to take as many criminal law classes that you can while in law school. These classes will give you a superficial knowledge of the law—including DWI legal terms—and how it is applied to a client and used in court. There will also be criminal law clinics and journals. The clinics will allow you to get hands on experience dealing with the judicial system and helping clients wade through their legal issues.

In addition to in school activities to help you become a DWI attorney, you will have summer opportunities to have internships. These internships allow you to work with law firms, like DWI, that are in your course of study or interest. Working with these law firms will be an excellent experience that will help you get a job in this field. Law school is a three year program, but it can be finished in two years if you are feeling ambitious.

Passing the Bar Exam to Become a DWI Attorney

Each state will require you to pass the state’s bar exam. The universal bar exam (UBE) has made this easier for the law student. It is a bar exam that numerous states offer. Depending on your score you can transfer your score from state to state if the state is part of the UBE. The bar exam is a difficult exam often lasting two to three days. This exam will cost close to $1000 depending on the state. The bar preparation program will also cost thousands of dollars, but it is necessary to study for the exam. The application process to be able to take the exam is extensive. The state will run a background check to make sure you are eligible to be an attorney.

The exam will test you on all of your first year law school classes. Other classes will also be tested on the exam, such as family law, secured transactions, corporations, and criminal procedure. In order to become a DWI attorney you will have to get a passing score for your state. Each state may require a different score.

Once the exam is finished, you will not know your score for weeks and sometimes months. So there is a lot of uncomfortable waiting in your future. The preparation for this exam alone takes months and should be treated like a full-time job.

Becoming Licensed

After you have received your score and know that you have passed the bar exam, you will receive instructions on where you need to be and how much money will have to be paid to be sworn in before the state. You will also have the opportunity to be able to practice law before the federal courts of the state and the state courts for a small fee. If you are wanting to practice DWI law, then you must be licensed to practice law and be able to represent clients in state and/or federal court.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Becoming a DWI Lawyer?

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Even though becoming a DWI attorney may be your dream, there still may be ups and downs while practicing law. The legal field is a rewarding field to work in. There are many benefits to working with clients and knowing the law. When you are an attorney, you will know your rights and be able to protect those rights for yourself and others. It is also a wonderful profession that is fulfilling because time is spent helping others. When helping others, it will always make you feel good about yourself.

Being an attorney will often mean that you will be well compensated for the work that you do. This will allow you to pay off student loans and support a family. The work is also steady because we are a country built on laws and laws are always being broken. However, with all the pros that come with being an attorney, there are also may cons to being an attorney. Being an attorney is extremely stressful. You are always dealing with other people’s problems that are difficult and can prove to be a burden on you. The hours, at times, may be long and grueling while trying to solve difficult legal issues for your client. Also, some of the people that you will have to deal with will not be the most pleasant individuals.

Overall, the legal profession is fulfilling one allowing you to assist others and protect them under the law. It is a difficult task to wade through all the schooling and exams to become a lawyer, but it will be worth it in the end. With a little perseverance and focus on your goals, you will eventually be representing clients before a judge and defending their rights.

Military Dual-Ended Earplugs Lawsuit

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United States Military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 may have been issued faulty dual-ended earplugs during their tours of service. 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2), which were standard issue at the time, could have contributed to the development of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and/or tinnitus. In short, the defective dual-ended earplugs failed to protect many of the soldiers who depended on them.

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Supplying Defective Earplugs to Our Nation’s Armed Forces

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Overview of 3M Earplug Lawsuit

At times, companies lose focus on what is most important and begin to be more concerned about what their company looks like instead of worrying about the people they are supposed to serve. Right now the 3M earplug lawsuit is a perfect example of forgetting about the people you are supposed to protect.

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3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

If you are a US military veteran, or active service member who served between the years of 2003 and 2015, were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, and suffer from service-connected tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the company 3M. 3M bought out the company Aearo Technologies in the early 2000s where the company had already been manufacturing faulty earplugs. The problem with the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, is that the stem connecting the two ends of the earplug was too short. This made it to where either side could not be properly put in all the way. This led to sound being able to travel around the sides of the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 which led to the ability of the high frequencies noises to damage service members ears. 3M was aware of this at the time of manufacturing and manipulated results to make the earplugs appear as properly made for use around loud sound. The company 3M continued to sell the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to the US military knowing that they were defective and did not protect the users from the high volume sounds around them. The company 3M purposefully did not disclose this information to the US military or its users. If you are a service member or veteran who served between 2003 to 2015 and believe you may have been affected by being issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, take action now. Call Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC to have your case evaluated to be represented for compensation against 3M and find out more information on the 3M combat earplugs suit.

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3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

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If you are a US military veteran or active service member who served from 2003 to 2015 and were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the company 3M. The earplugs that were issued, 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, have been found to cause hearing loss and tinnitus in the service members who used them. When the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 were being manufactured, they made the stem that was supposed to be connecting the two sides of the earplug too short for what was needed. Since the stem was too short, it made it so that either side of the plug could not be fully inserted properly into the ear. This caused the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to not work up to standards. Either side of the plug not fitting in the ear properly could have caused high pitch noise to travel the perimeter of the plug and allow damage to the sensitive parts of your inner ear. It also caused the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to subtly slip out of the ear without the user noticing. This caused a further possibility of damage occurring to the user’s ears.

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