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December 2017 Archives

Unpaid traffic fines no longer lead to license suspension

Some Mississippians will be getting their licenses reinstated, according to an agreement between the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at the University Mississippi School of Law and the Department of Public Safety. According to the agreement, drivers who had their licenses suspended for failing to pay a traffic-related fine will have their licenses reinstated in January 2018.

Defending Mississippi DUI/DWI charges

Those charged with a Mississippi DUI/DWI face criminal penalties and other long-term consequences, such as driver's license suspension, fines, probation and jail time. The severity of the penalties depends on the circumstances of the DUI offense, the offender's driving history and whether the offender had previous DUI charges.

Firearms-related crime linked to inadequate background reporting

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, of the 4,462 firearms recovered in Mississippi last year, many were used in the commission of a crime. ATF statistics show that 2,187 of those firearms are under investigation and that over 70 percent of the remaining 1,275 firearms were seized from illegal possessors.

Military divorces: special rules and requirements

There are special rules and requirements that apply to military divorce. State and federal military laws apply to service members and their spouses, making the process different than that for civilians. Service members cannot be sued or begin divorce proceedings while on active duty under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Also, the court may exclude service members from such proceedings for 60 days after active duty.

5 signs that divorce is looming

Divorce is a difficult choice to make. It is generally not something that most people wake up and decide to do one day. For many people, it is a culmination of feelings, behaviors and acts over the course of months or even years. For example, you might feel unhappy in your marriage, angry or frustrated. Furthermore, these feelings could have started occurring awhile back.

Joint vs. sole custody in Mississippi

When Mississippi parents get a divorce, they must come to an agreement on several issues including child custody. There are two types of child custody: legal and physical. Parents who have legal custody over a child are able to make legal decisions that impact the child such as health, education and general welfare. Parents who have physical custody of the child are able to provide the child with a home and daily care.

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