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What are some reasons you might not pass a field sobriety test?

The holidays are here, and for many residents of South Dakota and elsewhere, this means celebrations that involve alcohol. Law enforcement is also aware of this, and they will be especially vigilant in the next few weeks to catch those who are too intoxicated to safely drive. If an officer pulls you over, he or she might ask you to take a field sobriety test. What you might not know is that even if you are completely sober, you might fail the test and receive a DUI charge.

How effective are drug courts?

Though not currently available everywhere, drug courts are programs that are sometimes available to those who receive convictions for drug crimes. Typically, drug courts offer treatment and counseling to participants who must make regular appearances before a judge in conjunction with regular drug testing, and if you take part in one, it may help you beat your addiction once and for all.

Does a DUI charge hurt my chances at child custody?

Yes, being charged with a DUI can negatively affect your chances of getting child custody, whether it is full custody or joint custody. The extent to which it influences custody depends on factors such as any other charges or convictions you have faced, your relationship with the co-parent, the circumstances surrounding the charge and the strength of the evidence against you.

3 tips on emotionally preparing for your divorce

When you know your marriage is nearing the end, it can be devastating. The thought of divorcing from your spouse can cause a lot of pain and grief. It can seem impossible to manage the wave of emotions that come with divorce. However, if you make the effort, you can weather the storm and heal. 

How to emotionally survive your divorce

Divorce is often one of the most stressful and difficult experiences you will ever have. It is common to feel helpless, confused and angry. While these feelings are normal, you do not have to let them control you. With the right tools, you can get through your divorce by focusing on the positives and moving on.

Explaining divorce to your children

Divorce takes an emotional toll on you and your spouse, regardless of how the marriage ends. Whether it is through betrayal, abuse or just a decision to move on, it affects everyone around you. Perhaps no party is more vulnerable to the complicated divorce process than your children.

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