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Have you been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia?

Most people know that possession of illegal substances can lead to serious charges. However, many other acts could also lead to allegations for drug-related offenses. Even if you do not have any drugs on your person, in your home or in your vehicle, you could still end up facing charges for possession, even if not in the way you thought possible.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is also a crime. This means that, even if you do not have substances in your possession, authorities could level allegations against you if you have objects they believe were used or could be used in association with illegal substances. Because of this possibility, it may prove wise for you to understand what items could fall into the category of drug paraphernalia.

Business appreciation and divorce

Owning a business may have been your lifelong dream. Once you reached this milestone, you likely felt a considerable sense of success and felt that nothing could stop you. Smart business decisions along the road allowed your company to continue thriving despite a minor hiccup now and again.

However, you may find yourself facing serious concerns for the first time as you face a considerable life change: divorce. Ending a marriage can wreak havoc on a business, especially when it comes to splitting the business assets. The value of the company and appreciation can play major roles in determining who ends up with what during property division proceedings.

Divorce and paying for college: 3 things to know

College costs keep going up and divorce rates remain high. For many families, these two sociological realties have great practical implications.

Let's be blunt: how might ending your marriage affect your kid's college plans?

Here are three things to know as you consider the responsibilities of divorced parents regarding college for their children.

Cellphone location data and police searches: 3 FAQs about the Supreme Court's pending case

The Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches prohibits police from searching your cellphone without a warrant. In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this is true even for someone who has been arrested.

But can police allowed to get location data from your cellphone provider?

Are you facing a drug possession charge?

Drug crimes: the court does not take them lightly in the state of New Jersey. Possession of certain drugs can have serious consequences if police catch you, charges are ultimately filed against you and a conviction is achieved by prosecuting attorneys.

In order to achieve conviction in a possession case, prosecuting attorneys have to prove to the court that certain elements exist in your case. What are these elements?

Not all high-asset divorces center around money.

It goes without saying that one of the top things people argue about in high-asset divorces is money. But what many people don't realize is that the biggest disputes in divorce don't always end with asset division and alimony.

Here are some of the top things that people struggle to agree on in a divorce.

What can you face for a first-time DUI charge?

You had a good driving record and had never had any previous problems with law enforcement. But then, a series of events resulted in you getting pulled over, accused of drunk driving and arrested. You now find yourself facing charges of a first offense of DWI.

When you, your child or another loved one ends up in such a situation, your first concern may be about the future. How much can a first-time DUI charge impact a person’s life?

Financial infidelity and uncovering hidden assets

Is your spouse hiding assets from you? It's possible. Financial infidelity is more common than you might think. In fact, a recent study found that 15 million people are hiding money from their live-in partners in financial accounts such as checking and savings accounts. Many spouses move money around because they believe that it will protect them in a divorce, but you may be able to track down the assets that they've hidden if you know where to look.

Here are a few of the places where your spouse (or soon-to-be ex-spouse) may be hiding money.

Separating your credit from your spouse’s during divorce

For years during your marriage, you tied your finances to your spouse’s. You and your spouse made your spending decisions together, and the wellbeing of your credit scores was united.

If you are preparing to file for divorce, one of the major elements that will need to be resolved surrounds your credit. Specifically, you will need to begin to separate your credit from your spouse’s and begin building credit on your own.

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