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Woman faces trial for fatal crash that left 1 dead, 1 injured

Crashes can happen to anyone, whether it's morning, night or mid-afternoon. People who look away from the road for even a few seconds put others at risk. If they're intoxicated or speeding, they add to the threat of causing a fatal collision.

Take, for example, a case that happened in Centre County. The woman involved in a fatal crash in Centre County is heading to trial, according to a Feb. 20 report. The woman is accused of causing a deadly collision that took the life of another driver and injured his passenger.

Hire your own equine appraiser for a Pennsylvania divorce

In Pennsylvania, a divorcing couple must “equitably distribute” all property acquired during the marriage. This law splits the property fairly, not necessarily in half. When there are assets that are high-value animals, the situation can be complicated.

The statute of limitations may apply to your criminal charges

Every state has its own laws regarding criminal actions. These are not always the same as federal laws, and people who commit crimes may be charged with state and federal charges depending on the case.

If you are involved in a criminal case, you want to know the charges that you're up against. In some cases, the state may run out of time to bring charges against you, and that's something that your attorney will actively seek to discover.

Why is negotiating important during divorce?

If you're starting down the path of a divorce, one of the best things you can do is learn to negotiate. Negotiation is everything when it comes to resolving your disputes and moving forward with your divorce. Being able to negotiate well is a tactic that can get you what you need and want from your marriage, putting you in a good financial position moving forward.

When you're going through a divorce, you want to avoid making mistakes that could hurt you. If you say or do things that seem to counter the claims you've made, you could give the other party more leverage.

Facts from the World Health Organization about car crashes

What if we lived in a world where no one died from a car crash? It sounds like pure fantasy, right? But a 150 years ago, this was a reality that everyone knew. And, when Henry Ford started pumping out Model A's, he probably wasn't thinking too much about the fact that "the car" would one day be the leading cause of death for children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 29.

This is a startling statistic but that's not even the half of it:

  • Each year, 1.35 million people die from traffic-related accidents around the world.
  • Vehicle crashes cost most countries around 3 percent of their gross domestic products.
  • Half of the people who die in traffic accidents around the world are not riding in vehicles. They're pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.
  • Ninety-three percent of global traffic deaths happen in developing nations, in spite of the fact that these countries only have 60 percent of the vehicles in the world.

Two possible defenses to a drug charge

Imagine you were spending time at a friend's house and the police come banging on the door. Unbeknownst to you, your friend has been engaged in drug dealing. Alternately, imagine that you're traveling in a friend's car and a routine traffic stop turns into a drug bust because the police find drugs in the car. Both you and your friend get arrested. Now, even though you've never had anything to do with an illegal substance, you're facing serious criminal charges.

Depending on the facts surrounding your arrest, here are two ways you might be able to defend yourself:

How will a criminal defense attorney help me?

You always have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges pro se, which means that you can defend yourself without representation from an attorney. However, you also have the right to representation. Even if you can't afford a lawyer on your own, the state will furnish one to defend you in court.

It's always a good idea to accept legal representation because -- even in cases where you've been involved in a criminal process before -- you probably do not have the level of education and experience required to navigate this complicated and nuanced process. For the average criminal defense lawyer, court proceedings and all the red tape that comes with them are second-nature. Your lawyer will know exactly what you need to do in order to pursue the best possible result for your trial proceedings.

1 sign your marriage could be headed for divorce

Self-improvement, learning new things, fun hobbies, healthy diets and vigorous exercise regimes are usually an excellent sign that someone is taking control of his or her life to find greater enjoyment and health. However, in the case of a marriage that's been on the rocks for some time, when one spouse starts making a lot of radical changes to improve his or her health and/or appearance, it might be a sign that the marriage is headed for a divorce.

According to many marriage counselors, some spouses will start to improve their appearances and make other important changes as a way of "preparing for single life" well before they actually separate from their spouses. Spouses might start hitting the gym, get hair transplant surgery, undergo various cosmetic surgery procedures – or make other kinds of radical appearance adjustments -- to "renovate" themselves and make themselves more attractive to new intimate partners. The lesser-moneyed spouse in a marriage might engage in a new educational program or career – or simply go out and get a job -- so they can become financially independent of the spouse who is a primary supporter of the family.

Pennsylvania roads see holiday increase of crashes and DUI’s

The start of the holiday travel season has not started off too well for drivers in Pennsylvania. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend around Pennsylvania saw an increase in accidents and DUI’s this year compared to last.

While Thanksgiving is known for being one of the busiest travel times of the year, the upcoming holidays allow for more chances of people being on the roads and more opportunities of people driving impaired. This time of year, when students are driving back home from school and family, co-workers and friends are getting together for parties, any night of the week can be have congested roadways and possible drunk drivers. With increased motorists and opportunities to partake in festive celebrations, it is important to be cognizant of the dangers lurking out on the roads.

What can people accused of selling cocaine face in Pennsylvania?

Being accused of cocaine crimes in Pennsylvania can expose a person to serious potential penalties. The potential consequences can be particularly harsh if a person is accused of having sold cocaine.

Here in Pennsylvania, selling cocaine is a felony offense, regardless of the amount sold. In comparison, simple possession of cocaine is generally a misdemeanor.

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