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Why is spring a popular time for DUIs?

Plenty of Arizonians go to the bars in the winter to relieve the stress from those post-holiday blues and put up with working during what many consider to be the worst months of the year. When spring finally arrives and warmer temperatures and sunlight follows, many residents take advantage. 

Why do you need a personal injury attorney?

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you should hire an attorney. While taking legal action may feel like a bit step, it can help you pursue the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and to get your life back on track.

If another driver's negligence caused your injuries, you should be able to focus on healing while an attorney pursues compensation and damages. Do you know how an attorney can benefit your case?

What is a parenting plan?

If you are a parent beginning the divorce process, it is only a matter of time before you and your spouse must begin discussing a parenting plan. You and your spouse are required to try to create a mutually agreed upon parenting plan before your divorce is finalized.

If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement on your own, you must attend mediation to try to reach an agreement. If you cannot agree even after mediation, each parent may submit a proposed parenting plan to the court, and the court will decide which plan is best for your child.

Will your tech be a witness against you in court?

Smart devices are becoming increasingly popular. Your phone, watch, fitness tracker, jewelry, glasses, and even clothing can have tracking devices built into them. While many view this as being incredibly beneficial, allowing for increased awareness of physical fitness, others are starting to see the unintended consequences.

One situation that you might not have anticipated when purchasing your smart device is that it could be used against you in a personal injury case.

Tips for keeping your teen safe on prom night

If you've got a teen who's going to prom this year, you're no doubt concerned about them being on the road on a night when some high schoolers will, unfortunately, be driving under the influence -- even though they're not old enough to even legally drink. Since proms are typically on Saturday night, when most fatal accidents occur anyway, the dangers are even greater.

All-night prom parties too often involve binge drinking. That's generally defined as having at least four drinks in short succession. Even if kids have one or two drinks at each party, that can add up over a long night.

Eyewitness testimony has limits, especially across racial lines

One of the oldest principles in criminal justice is the power of eyewitness testimony. Before forensic evidence came into its own, it was one of the only ways for victims and bystanders to identify an alleged criminal. And to this day, juries are still heavily swayed when prosecutors present witnesses claiming that the defendant was the person they saw committing the crime.

Eyewitness testimony seems both straightforward and highly reliable. Unfortunately, it is neither of these things. Studies have shown that people who are either victims of a crime or witnesses to one have a very difficult time correctly identifying the suspect later on – even if they claim to be highly confident in their choice. The problem is amplified when the witness and the alleged criminal are of different races.

What are the benefits of a living will for your parents, yourself

Death is an unpleasant topic when we consider it for our parents. Some find it unthinkable when we consider it for ourselves. Yet death is inevitable and it may not come in the way we would wish.

That’s why states like Arizona allow living wills – advance directives that tell doctors, hospitals and your relatives how you or someone you love wants medical care in case of terminal illness, coma, dementia or if the end of life is near.

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