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How to deal with your college student's first DUI

When your children go off to college, you hope they will make good decisions. However, you likely know that making mistakes is one of the best teachers around, and one mistake many college students make is drinking while underage.

When cars are involved, that mistake can become compounded; it may even result in a DUI charge. If your college student has been arrested on DUI charges, how can you, as a parent, react appropriately while remaining supportive?

1 dead in Oklahoma City police shooting

According to police sources, this week an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department was involved in the department's fifth officer-involved shooting thus far in 2017. The 8-year veteran officer was placed on administrative leave with pay following an incident on Sept. 19.

After hearing a fellow officer's request for back-up, the responding officer shot a 35-year-old developmentally disabled deaf man who could not communicate verbally. The officer shot him even as a crowd of onlookers shouted to police that "he can't hear," the deaf man's neighbor told media outlet News OK.

A dozen reasons why deadbeat parents don't pay up

If you are a parent to children whose other parent is a deadbeat mom or dad, you probably have wondered why your ex chose to eschew paying support for the kids. Below are some common reasons for parents to dodge their support obligations.

  1. They think the children are better off with themselves completely out of their lives.
  2. Some believe they're unable to provide for their kids.
  3. They may be unemployed, without any sources of income.
  4. They move frequently and lack stability.
  5. A child support modification may have been denied by the courts.
  6. They feel like they were tricked into parenthood.
  7. Some parents are unduly influenced by others who belittle them.
  8. They may have another spouse or partner who is threatened by the relationship with their kids and the support that is ordered.
  9. They may think that the custodial parent has no need of support.
  10. They have issues with "the system" that ordered them to pay.
  11. Some may owe so much in back child support amounts that they can never catch up.
  12. They don't fear the consequences of having unpaid child support debts.

What you can do about a deadbeat ex

A Moore man is sentenced to life in prison for killing his friend

A Moore, Oklahoma, man was sentenced to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday, Aug. 31. He'd been found guilty of first-degree murder by jurors just one week prior in McClain County District Court.

The 27-year-old defendant had been accused of murdering a fellow Moore resident back on Jan. 7, 2016. He'd allegedly killed the man and then transported his body to Dibble, a city seven miles to the south of Moore. Police later found the 28-year-old's lifeless body at the intersection of 150th Street and State Highway 76.

What are your rights when stopped by law enforcement?

Do you know what you should do if you get stopped by the police? Regardless of why you were stopped, it's important to remember that you have certain constitutional rights whether you are a United States citizen or an undocumented immigrant. As such, they are detailed below.

You have the right:

  • To remain silent. To make it clear that you are exercising your right, state this politely out loud.
  • To deny consent to have your car, home or person searched without a valid warrant.
  • To leave peacefully unless you are under arrest.
  • To speak with an attorney once you get arrested, whether or not you are able to afford their services. However, you must ask for a lawyer.

How can a DUI affect divorce proceedings?

Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, and yet, many still engage in it every year. According to data collected from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, over 3,500 drivers were found to be in an alcohol-related condition while driving in 2015 alone. 

A DUI arrest will lead to challenges, but it becomes highly detrimental if the person is also in the middle of divorce proceedings. A divorce is already stressful, and people's better judgment often becomes sidelined. One mistake can lead to numerous headaches throughout the divorce process. 

Nursing home residents sexually assaulted by aide

Sexual assault is horrific for the victims under any circumstances. But when the victim is a senior citizen and nursing home resident suffering from dementia, it is especially appalling.

That's why a case that occurred in another state is currently making national headlines. An aide in a North Carolina nursing home was convicted of six counts of sexual assault, including forcible rape of physically helpless victims. He must serve no fewer than 23 years behind bars for his crimes.

New law regulates protests in Oklahoma

With so many political demonstrations and counter-demonstrations popping up all over the United States, it's a good idea to understand the laws that affect protesters here in Oklahoma.

In the wake of an uptick in demonstrations and protests in recent years, no fewer than 18 states — including Oklahoma — have introduced legislation designed to curtail protest activities by passing laws that make certain activities illegal and enhancing the existing penalties already on the books.

Will your custody agreement survive the school year?

As students in Norman prepare to head back to school next week, it's a good time for divorced parents to review their custody agreements and determine whether some changes may be in order.

If the divorce occurred fairly recently, some custody decisions may have been made in haste when emotions were running high. If the parties have managed to carve out a more civil relationship since, it may be possible to approach the agreement with less acrimony. Custodial parents may discover they are less threatened now by a mid-week overnight visitation between the kids and the non-custodial parent.

Can I go to jail for playing online casino games?

Some Oklahoma residents enjoy going out for a night at the gaming tables at one of the tribal casinos scattered around the state. However, with the proliferation of online gambling sites, they may be tempted to try their hand playing some online slots or other instant casino games.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminds gamblers that cyber casino gambling is a violation of federal laws in America.

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