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Your social media posts are fair game in court

If you find yourself accused of a crime -- embezzling money at the office, running an illegal mortgage scheme or defrauding investors, for instance -- remember that what you post online may come back in court. Your social media posts can absolutely be used as evidence, and courts are seeing this more and more often as apps and websites see high traffic numbers.

In some cases, the jury may even get to examine information that you thought of as private. For instance, do you use apps like Facebook Messanger and WhatsApp to talk to friends, family members and co-workers? What you say to them feels like a private conversation, so you may assume the authorities cannot access that information, but that is not always true. They can often get it, and it is not illegal for them to do so.

Understanding benefits eligibility after a military divorce

Being married to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces has certain benefits. If your spouse is in the military, you may utilize Tricare for health benefits and the commissary for grocery shopping and related expenses. If, however, you are in the midst of a split from your military member, you may wonder whether you will still be able to take advantage of these money-saving options.

While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, most non-military citizens who divorce their military member spouses lose the ability to take advantage of these benefits. However, there are some exceptions.

OVI checkpoint leads to multiple arrests

Even though they are legal, OVI checkpoints are always going to be somewhat controversial. At a checkpoint, the police may stop every single driver to see if they're intoxicated before allowing them to continue. This is far different than normal traffic stops, which require the police to have a reason to pull the car over. Many drivers think it is unfair that the police can pull everyone over, even without cause, at a checkpoint.

Controversial or not, these keep happening. A recent checkpoint in Ohio saw multiple arrests.

Considering potential relocations and child custody

Typically, child custody agreements will include the stipulation that a parent cannot move with the children without first getting the court's permission. Doing so could violate the other parent's rights by making it impossible for them to enjoy visitation or have the child live with them when they have custody.

However, military life is different than most other careers. Someone who is in the military knows that they could get assigned to a different base and ordered to move. It is not as if they are making a career choice. They are following orders. The decision to move is out of their hands.

Tips for selling an overseas property

When you and your spouse decided to buy a vacation home, you did not just want a property up in Michigan or out on the East Coast. You went all out and paid well over $1 million for a property in Europe. You bought a beautiful historic home on the water. It had a lot of charm and really gave you the relaxing escape you were looking for.

Now you are trying to sell, though, as you and your spouse have decided to get divorced. Neither one of you wants to keep such an expensive asset alone, so you are going to divide what you earn after selling. Here are a few tips to help you make that sale:

  • Sell the dream. The house must be clean and well-kept. Make sure the potential buyer can see themselves moving in right away.
  • Take your personal touches out of the house. They may not have your taste. Make the home a blank canvas.
  • Pick the best feature and do what you can to emphasize it. Possible features could include a great view, water access, an updated kitchen or a stunning master suite.
  • Show off what you loved about the property. Maybe it was escapism and an idyllic existence in the French countryside. Someone else wants that same experience, too. Make sure they can see it in your property.
  • Stay flexible. Selling in another country can take time, and it is complicated. Make sure you know what you are in for.

Man hits police car while allegedly driving drunk

An Ohio man has been arrested, and police claim he was driving under the influence. He is now facing OVI charges.

The strange crash was all caught on a dash camera, and the police later released the footage to the public. In the video, the man's car is coming toward them in the correct lanes, but then it starts to drift into the oncoming lanes. The police car stops, and the officer turns on the flashing red and blue lights.

After divorce, can you just be co-workers?

You and your spouse actually started talking about your business plans before you got married. You launched the company the same year that you tied the knot.

Now you want to get divorced. What does that mean for your business?

You could fail a roadside test sober

During a traffic stop for the alleged crime of operating a vehicle while under the influence, the police officer may order you to complete a roadside, or "field," sobriety test. The results of this test could be what enable the officer to place you under arrest for OVI.

What you may not realize, however, is that you could fail a roadside test while completely sober. The police officer may give the test incorrectly, or else use a test designed for drivers to fail. You may be able to use test discrepancies to fight against OVI charges in Ohio.

What are your rights at OVI checkpoints?

OVI checkpoints are useful tools for the police to ensure people who drink alcohol stay off the road. They also allow the police to pinpoint drunk drivers before they harm anyone. In a recent checkpoint in Youngstown, Ohio, the police arrested seven people on suspicion of drunk driving and an additional person for having an outstanding warrant. 

Many people find these checkpoints to be a nuisance, but they only exist for your own good. As long as you do not drink and drive, you should have nothing to worry about, and you should get through these checkpoints in a couple of minutes. However, you still have rights at these checkpoints, and you can exercise them.

Driver arrested after going the wrong way on Interstate 675

A driver in Ohio was recently arrested after he was going the wrong way down Interstate 675, perhaps while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The first that the police heard of the issue came from other concerned drivers who called 911. "I just witnessed a drunk driver getting on the highway going the wrong way," said one person in calls that were recently released to local news stations.

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