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New DUI law on Pennsylvania's horizon

A conviction for drunk driving can instantly change a person's life. Typically, convicted drivers have to surrender their licenses for a certain period of time, pay a fine and perhaps spend some time in jail, depending on the circumstances. DUI penalties in Pennsylvania also may include attending alcohol education or treatment sessions. However, completing this requirement, as well as fulfilling other obligations, is often complicated by the suspension of one's driver's license.

On Aug. 25, a new law takes effect in Pennsylvania that aims at keeping drunk drivers off the road and preventing the downward spiral that threatens many who are convicted of DUI. Instead of having their licenses suspended, drivers convicted of a first-offense DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .1 or more will be required to have an ignition interlock system installed in their cars. This device locks the car's ignition system if it registers alcohol on the breath of a driver.

Three things to ask in an initial consultation

The fear of the unknown is arguably the worst type of fear. This is especially difficult if you are facing a divorce or a child custody dispute for the first time. Perhaps you have heard horror stories about how unfair the court system may be or how expensive it is to have your day in court.

Regardless of your fears, having facts can help you overcome them. That’s where talking with a family law attorney comes in.  

How property division works in a Pennsylvania divorce

Pennsylvania couples in the process of divorce have a few options for dividing their property. They may choose to come to an agreement. If they have a valid prenup, division will likely proceed according to its terms.

If the couple cannot arrive at a consensus on how to divide assets, the court will step in to perform division in accordance with Pennsylvania law.

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