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November 2015 Archives

Fathers and Custody in Mississippi

For years the law in Mississippi presumed that mothers were the preferred parent to raise children in the event of a divorce.  Mothers received benefit of the "tender years doctrine" which created a legal presumption in favor of mothers of young children.  The tender years doctrine is now a fond memory, replaced instead by the Albright factors, which includes, as one factor, the "age and sex of the child".  

Should I refuse to take a breathalyzer test in Mississippi?

A long-held belief is that it's always best to refuse a breathalyzer test if you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. However, with Mississippi's new DUI law, it is now often smarter to take the test, especially for a first offense.