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How much does a Pennsylvania DUI affect auto insurance rates?

Chances are, once you get a conviction for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania on your driving record, you hope to start putting your past behind you as soon as possible. For several reasons, though, you may find putting your conviction in your past particularly difficult. You may, too, find that the financial repercussions associated with your crime continue to haunt you long after your day in court.

As you may be well aware, a drunk driving conviction can cost you a substantial amount of money when all is said and done. This typically holds true regardless of whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat one. You can expect to have to pay fines that can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as $10,000, depending on circumstances. Also, you may have to pay to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you have driven while drunk in the past.

Making a good start on estate planning

Perhaps you and your spouse are awaiting the birth of your first child, or maybe you are approaching retirement. Whatever your circumstances, it dawns on you that you have not even made a will.

This is a good time to begin thinking about such matters. What are the best tools to have when you are starting to build your estate plan?

Property division in a Pennsylvania divorce

When getting a divorce, one of the questions you may have is what will happen to your property. You may worry about losing valuable assets or not getting as much as you deserve.

While the process is complex and unique to each couple's circumstances, there are general rules that regulate property division in Pennsylvania. Knowing what they are can give you an idea of what to expect.

Your employer should protect you against chemical exposure

The state of Pennsylvania is one of the leading hubs of industrial production and manufacturing in the United States. These jobs represent 12% of the Pennsylvania workforce, as reported by Newsmax. Though this figure seems small, it is actually the largest industry in the state.

With so many individuals working in these jobs, employee safety is paramount, especially when it comes to chemical exposure. An illness caused by inhalation of harmful toxins may take a long time to show itself, and treatment could be less effective by then. There are certain things your employer should do to support your health.

Reasons to always see a doctor after a car accident

Occasionally, it is readily apparent when someone needs to go to the hospital after a car accident. For example, in Fawn Township, slick road conditions led to a two-car crash that resulted in one person needing to go to the nearest hospital. 

In other cases, however, injuries may not be readily apparent. You may feel fine after a collision and think you just need to get in touch with your auto insurance agency after the incident. However, you should always see a doctor no matter how good you feel. You seriously jeopardize your car accident claim when you neglect to see a doctor within 24 hours of the crash. 

Understanding a Gagnon hearing

If you are on probation or parole in Pennsylvania and violate one or more conditions of your probation or parole, you will be subject to a Gagnon hearing. In fact, you are subject to two of them: a Gagnon I hearing and a Gagnon II hearing.

Gagnon hearings are the means by which you are afforded your due process rights that come into play any time law enforcement officers or the probation department picks you up for technically violating your probation or parole or law enforcement officers arrest you on a new criminal charge.

Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older Americans

While today’s older Americans face additional environmental hazards during the wintertime that may make them more likely to take a tumble. In truth, numerous factors at play year-round make them more likely to fall and hurt themselves. Falls have become so commonplace among seniors nowadays that they, per the National Council on Aging, have become the leading cause of fatal injury and non-fatal traumatic hospital visits among Americans ages 65 and older.

Just how many older Americans are falling each year, and how much do associated expenditures cost the nation?

Can a drug conviction impact financial aid eligibility?

Receiving a conviction for a drug-related criminal charge can mean considerable consequences, and you may find yourself facing jail time, sizable fines, substance abuse treatment requirements and related repercussions. If you are a college student who is currently receiving financial aid at the time you receive your drug charge, you may, too, lose your financial aid eligibility, potentially hindering your ability to continue your education.

In fact, virtually any type of drug conviction can lead to a loss of financial aid for a period. However, how long you can expect to lose financial aid access in the wake of a drug conviction depends on several factors, including the severity of your drug crime and whether you already have a drug-related criminal history.

Pedestrian fatalities hit 25-year high

Pennsylvania sees its fair share of traffic deaths every year, but the number of pedestrian fatalities has actually increased in recent years in the United States. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that approximately 6,000 pedestrians died in 2017 from car accidents. The total number of fatalities has risen in the last few years, but it recently hit a 25-year high, and it is cause for concern, especially since the number of fatalities when an accident involves two vehicles has decreased within the same time frame. 

Although Pennsylvania does not end up in the top five states for pedestrian fatalities, far too many people lose their lives due to a litany of factors contributing to these types of collisions in the state. Both pedestrians and drivers behind the wheel need to be cautious to limit the number of deaths that take place on roadways. 

3 crimes that cause a license suspension in Pennsylvania

Your driver license gives you a significant amount of freedom. With a license, you can conveniently drive yourself to work, school or anything else.

Losing your driving privileges due to a criminal charge or motor vehicle violation is devastating and frustrating. Here are some of the ways you may face a license suspension or revocation under Pennsylvania law.

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