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2 uncommon DUI defenses

When a Mississippi resident is pulled over and charged with drunk driving, he or she will get arrested, booked in jail and subjected to a battery of embarrassing circumstances. The DUI charges could also -- even before conviction -- have a severely adverse effect on the accused person's personal and professional relationships.

The consequences of a DUI charge, however, will be much worse and further-reaching if a conviction occurs. As such, if you're facing a DUI charge, you'll want to take your criminal defense seriously -- and that could mean considering every defense option available.

3 tips for successful shared parenting arrangements

The transition from being a married parent to being a single parent isn't an easy one to make. Let's say, for example, that you decide to create a shared parenting arrangement in which your child is with you half the time. The days when you're with your child will be hectic and "full on." Meanwhile, the days you're not with your child could feel lonely and boring.

You'll have to find a way to balance your new life of shared parenting, and the following advice can help you in this regard.

Drug charges may cost you more than you think

Summer is here, and with it an influx of visitors to the Mississippi coast here in Ocean Springs. Despite the laid back southern hospitality that abounds in the magnolia state, don't be fooled into thinking that this is a place where anything goes — especially when it comes to drug charges.

Many visitors are surprised to learn that Biloxi law enforcement takes even relatively minor drug violations very seriously, regularly handing out charges to those passing through who get caught carrying prohibited substances, such as marijuana. This is often even true for those traveling between states that have legalized marijuana. If you're holding in Mississippi, you face Mississippi law.

6 defenses against drunk driving allegations

Your drunk driving charges may have happened in a lot of different ways. Imagine, for example, you were pulled off to the side of the road because you knew you were too drunk to drive, and while you were sleeping it off, an officer comes to knock on your window. That circumstance is a lot different from a driver who was so intoxicated that he or she was driving the wrong way down the Interstate.

Alternatively, maybe you hadn't drunk a drop of alcohol the entire night, but for some reason, a police officer became convinced you were drunk when in fact you were not. These kinds of things happen, and that's why every Mississippi driver is entitled to a criminal defense.

What you can expect from a DUI in Mississippi

For many people, Friday Happy Hour is a way to unwind from a stressful week at work and usher in the weekend. Unfortunately, things can go terribly wrong if you get behind the wheel after having a few drinks. Imagine driving home from an evening out with your friends when a police officer pulls over. Just a short time later, you are in the back of a squad car and on your way to jail.

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) comes with very serious consequences. You could lose your license, have a hard time finding a job, and even have trouble renting an apartment. An experienced criminal defense attorney in the Gulf coast area can help defend you against DUI charges. Read further to find out more about DUI laws in Mississippi.

Can I go to jail for marijuana possession in Mississippi?

It is possible to face jail time of between 5 and 60 days for possessing any amount of marijuana (up to 30 grams) on a second or subsequent conviction within two years.

It is also possible to face jail time if you are caught with marijuana in your vehicle. Possessing between one and 30 grams of marijuana in a vehicle, such as in a glove compartment, can result in a fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. This does not apply to marijuana found in a vehicle’s trunk (Miss. Ann. Code § 41-29-139(c)(2)(B)).

Mississippi's divorce laws will not be updated

It can be extremely difficult to get a divorce in Mississippi if both spouses will not agree to end the marriage. That's because Mississippi is one of only two states in the U.S. that do not have no-fault divorce laws.

In order for the court to grant a divorce in Mississippi, both spouses must consent to end the marriage citing "irreconcilable differences," or the spouse who wants to end the marriage must be able to show cause.

Is alimony a thing of the past?

Alimony -- also called spousal maintenance or spousal support -- involves a higher-earning spouse making payments to a lesser-earning spouse after a divorce on a temporary or permanent basis.

One of the first questions that many people have at the beginning of the divorce process is whether alimony will apply in their case. What most people don't realize is that alimony is getting less and less common in Mississippi and most other states.

Marriage Advice 1

My job is ending marriges, but I would prefer to save marriages.  I am not a marriage counselor, and yet I will offer my advice because I see so much that ends marriages.  I will post these "insights" frequently.  

Why dads don't have to take a backseat

Whether you are the father to an infant or a teenager, you might be thinking that your child is better off with the mother calling the shots and you taking a backseat in parenthood. If you are no longer with the mother, you may think that you have no other choice but to back off and let her raise the child.

Both of these things could not be further from the truth.

You have every right to play an active role in your child's life, and if you do, your child will benefit from it, especially your daughters.