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The Presumption of Innocence Prevails

jail bars.jpgHarris County boasts the largest population in Texas and third-most populous in the country. Their commissioners are adding another accolade by blazing a new and highly historic trail that strengthened the presumption of innocence. The decision could serve as a game-changer with implementation going nationwide.

However, the path to making history was not without its share of bumps along the way.

Marijuana still illegal, but you could soon clear your record

marijuana 2.jpgThis year, New Jersey came very close to joining ten other states in legalizing recreational marijuana; but in March, lawmakers failed to pass the bill. 

The sale and use of marijuana are still illegal in New Jersey. However, lawmakers are making a push to help individuals clear their records of past marijuana-related crimes.

When do you need a prenuptial agreement?

prenup.jpgIf you are a bride or groom with an upcoming wedding, you most likely have realized that agreeing on and talking about money with your future spouse isn't always easy. With the stress of wedding planning, you may not even think about adding a prenuptial agreement to your to-do list.

Often, prenuptial agreements are seen as something only wealthy people need or are viewed as a way to doom your marriage before it has even begun. However, if you are marrying later in your life or have significant assets, you may want to consider a prenuptial agreement.

Preparing for post-divorce financial life

finances.jpgA divorce changes many things for a person including his or her financial situation. Splitting one household into two can have lasting implications on an individual's financial future.

These changes can create the potential for post-divorce financial struggles. However, there are things you can do to prepare for these changes and try to put yourself in a strong position to move forward financially after a divorce.

Preparing for a safe road trip

road trip.jpgPacking your bags, filling up the gas tank, booking hotels --- there are endless to do's when preparing for a summer road trip.

While all those prepartions are important, the most important to do is safety planning. Traveling long distances over the roads can carry potential dangers such as accident risks. However, there are various planning steps that can be taken to try to make your summer road trip as safe as possible.

Protecting your kids from pool chemicals

pools.jpegSummer can be a great time for family fun at the pool. However, this season also sees a great number of pool-related injuries. This includes injuries involving chemical exposures.

A range of chemicals are used to keep public and private pools safe. Unfortunately, when mishaps occur involving these chemicals, they can create their own serious safety problems.

According to a recent CDC report, the U.S. saw an average of over 4,500 pool chemical-related injuries per year between 2008 and 2017 (with a large majority of them occurring between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day).

How to obtain a restraining order in New Jersey

restraining order.jpgCountless men and women within the State of New Jersey are the victims of domestic violence each year. A common problem for domestic violence victims is that they may not be aware that they are a victim of domestic violence; and even if they are aware, they may not know how to get help.

Fortunately, the State of New Jersey has taken a strong stance against domestic violence and actively seeks to help those who are victims. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to receive a restraining order in New Jersey:

Heatstroke is deadly: Know the signs

heatstroke.jpgSummer is around the corner, and we'll all be spending more time outdoors. Trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, working out, catching a ball game and hiking are all great ways to enjoy the warm weather.

However, when the mercury rises, we're all at risk of falling prey to heat-related illnesses.

While you may not think you're susceptible to heatstroke, anyone who spends a day in the sun is at risk. More than 9,000 Americans have died of heat-related deaths since 1979, and almost all those deaths occurred between the months of May and September. By keeping a few safety tips in mind, heat doesn't need to put the chill on your summer plans.

Criminal convictions can impact your occupational license

Thumbnail image for license.jpgAn individual's career goals can be at stake when he or she is facing criminal charges, particularly for those people who are in, or desire to one day be in, a field that requires an occupational license.

In Pennsylvania, dozens of professions, such as nursing and barbering, are licensed. A criminal conviction can make getting or keeping an occupational license much more difficult. It can create significant roadblocks for people who are trying to get their lives back together after serving jail time or experiencing other criminal penalties.

Don't let work lead to being a bad driver

distracted driving.jpgThere are many things that can tempt a driver to be distracted out on the roads. One is work.

Cellphones make it so people can get calls, emails and texts from work at pretty much any time of the day. Some workers might feel pulled towards checking and responding to such messages right away, even if they are driving.

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