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Fake ID in Louisiana: Are there consequences?

Using and owning a fake ID is not uncommon in today’s day and age. High school students and college students under 21 years old use fake IDs to purchase alcohol and get into bars regularly. As a parent, it can be troubling if you suspect that your child is using a fake ID to buy and consume alcohol while underage.

In a recent National Center for Biotechnology Information study of just over 1,000 college students, almost two-thirds of the group had used a fake ID to buy alcohol. What are the consequences to using a fake ID? What are the consequences to underage drinking or underage drinking and driving?

Defense strategies to protect juveniles from life-long hardships

Though Louisiana parents may not want to admit it, their kids can make some pretty big mistakes. Children are subject to impulses and whims that eventually grow less strong as they move toward adulthood. But, when they are young their decision-making processes can be flawed by desires to have fun and feelings of invincibility. A child may make a choice that an adult can clearly see is dangerous and potentially criminal.

Pursuing an out-of-court divorce through mediation

A divorce may follow a troubled marriage that is no longer salvageable by the parties who entered into it. When conflict grows, and happiness diminishes, married parties may seek the support of divorce professionals to advise them on their options for ending their relationships. In Louisiana, some couples may choose to use mediation to bring their marriage to its end.

What is counted as a previous offense in Louisiana DUI law?

When a person is accused of drunk driving in Louisiana, one thing that has very big impacts on what sort of consequences he or she could face if convicted is what he or she has on his or her criminal record. In Louisiana DUI law, how severe of penalties can be given for a DUI conviction in part depends on how many prior offenses a person has. Generally, the more prior offenses, the more severe the penalties can get.

In The Best Interest Of The Child

Among divorced couples with children, it may happen that the non-custodial parent is concerned that the money paid for child support is not being spent with the best interests of the child in mind. Or, there may be concern that the custodial parent is not raising the child in a generally acceptable manner. The court does not usually involve itself in what may be regarded as family arguments regarding the upbringing of a child. The court will become involved, however, if it can be shown that the custodial parent's conduct is contrary to the best interests of the child. The burden of proof in such matters rests with the non-custodial parent. 

Basics About Child Custody

Divorcing parents soon learn that children custody rights are often divided into two categories: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions about the children while physical custody is the right to have the children live with you. Legal and physical custody are each divided into two more categories: sole and joint. Sole assigns the right to one parent exclusively while joint shares the right between parents. While there is no consensus regarding which arrangement is best, those who argue for joint legal and physical custody point out that the children are the ones who suffer the most when parents divorce. By equally sharing child-care responsibilities, joint custody reduces stresses that may harm children. 

At Home With Divorce (Custody)

If minor children have lived in the home of a divorcing couple, serious consideration should be given to finding a method of division that allows the spouse who retains physical custody of the children to remain in the family home. This is regarded favorably by many judges and is generally considered to be in the best interest of the children. It also lessens the severe economic burdens that may be placed on the spouse with custody. It may be seen one-sided for one spouse to have custody of the children and to have possession of the family home. In reality, however, in nearly every divorce situation in which children are involved, it is the spouse without custody who fares better economically. 

Aaron's Story- A Teenage Boy's Perspective On Divorce.

When my mom and dad divorced, I don't remember them ever discussing this with me, but they might have. All I remember is one day I saw a bunch of boxes around our house. My mom's stuff and my stuff wasn't in the house, I assumed it was in the boxes.

Teenagers and alcohol: Why do they drink?

You may agree with many other Louisiana parents who say that raising teenagers is both rewarding and greatly challenging at the same time. If you have more than one teenager in your family at this time, you may feel an increase of such challenges and, hopefully, of the rewards as well. It's no secret that a lot of the teenage population in the United States have been getting into trouble in recent years.  

From online bullying, suicide and other heavy social issues, kids today face a lot more stress and peer pressure than was typical for teenagers long ago. It has definitely taken its toll, and if your son or daughter is in trouble with the law, you understand just how difficult such situations can be. Another major problem among teens is underage drinking.  

Your back pain medication may bring more than pain relief

Whether you suffered an injury or simply chalk it up to getting older, your struggle with back pain may affect you daily. While you tried treating your pain at home, it simply became unbearable over time. As a result, you went to your doctor in hopes of obtaining some kind of relief.

After your evaluation, your doctor may have prescribed you an opioid pain reliever. At first, you may have felt some sense of hesitation at taking the prescription, but after the relief it brought you, you felt comfortable taking it more often. While it may help your pain subside for a while, these drugs do come with risks.

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