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These 4 factors put your teen at risk of an accident

Watching your teenager venture into the world behind the wheel of a car can be both exciting and stressful. You want them to experience this newfound freedom, but you also know that driving is a major responsibility. Unfortunately, even the safest, most responsible teen can find themselves the victim of a car accident.

2017 statistics show that nearly 300,000 teens required medical treatment because of car crashes. But what’s behind the frequency of these teen car accidents?

By the numbers: Infidelity, men, women, divorce

Many of our Lake Charles readers know that Louisiana has just three recognized grounds for divorce: conviction of a felony, living separate and apart for a specific amount of time, and adultery. (It should be noted that no-fault divorce in Louisiana is in the category of living separate and apart.)

In this blog post, we are going to take a look at research into infidelity and see how being unfaithful affects marriage and divorce.

Early morning traffic stop ends in Louisiana drug-dealing charges

If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 200 miles, you will come to Bossier Parish. According to a news report, a patrol deputy with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office recently made an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 20 for improper lane usage.

The law enforcement officer than searched the vehicle, finding approximately 20,000 MDMA tablets and 10 pounds of marijuana. The 44-year-old driver was then arrested on multiple drug charges.

Speed and impairment cited in Calcasieu Parish wrecks

The Louisiana State Police’s Troop D is right here in Calcasieu Parish, but the law enforcement unit is responsible for much more than patrols here. Troop D covers more than 5,000 square miles in five parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu.

Trooper Derek Senegal with the Louisiana State Police recently told Lake Charles TV station KPLC that Southwest Louisiana already has had nearly as many fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2019 as it did in all of last year. Senegal said two of the biggest contributors to the wrecks are impaired drivers and excess speed.

Apps available to make co-parenting easier

If you are a Lake Charles parent, you are required to assess and decide on an endless list of issues and questions about your child’s schooling, friends, religion, diet, clothes, extracurricular activities, homework, screen time and much more. It’s just part of your job as a parent,

If you’re a divorcing parent, you have all of those matters to address as well as a host of other complex, often related issues, including the negotiation with the help of your family law attorney of child custody arrangements. For many, those custody agreements involve co-parenting; sharing with your ex custody and child-rearing responsibilities.

What are the penalties for a DUI in Louisiana?

It’s no secret that over the last 30 years, states, including Louisiana, have passed tougher and tougher laws to curb drunk driving. For example, in the early 2000s, more and more states lowered the blood alcohol limit (BAC) drivers could have before facing a DUI—down to .08%—and now drivers under age 21 can be convicted of a DUI if they have a .02% BAC or more.

Louisiana man on tricycle facing multiple drug charges

If you drive east of Lake Charles for about three hours, you will come to Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. The town of about 14,000 is home to Nicholls State University, rival to McNeese State, of course. Thibodaux is also home to a 29-year-old man who was arrested recently on drug charges after law enforcement officers found him riding a tricycle.

The suspect was arrested on several charges, including possession of methamphetamine (less than 28 grams), possession of crack cocaine (less than 28 grams), resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Louisiana State gets grant to study commercial vehicle crashes

While not every resident of Louisiana is a fan of Louisiana State University football (some of us prefer the McNeese State University Cowboys, for example), most are proud of the renowned school’s excellent reputation in scientific research (especially for NASA), teacher training, the humanities, natural history and much more.

We read recently in a news report that LSU has been awarded a federal grant to study commercial motor vehicle crashes. The $773,500 grant will enable the school to use streaming traffic camera videos to analyze wrecks involving 18-wheelers, as well as vans. cars, pick-ups and SUVs used for commercial purposes.

Louisiana family facing Medicaid fraud allegations

If you drive about 100 miles north of Lake Charles, you will find yourself in Sabine Parish. The school board in the sparsely populated area was recently rocked by news that a board member has been charged with Medicaid fraud.

Arrested along with board member Roderick Davis Sr., 48, were his son, Roderick Davis Jr., 27, and his daughter Athena Mitchell, 20. All three are accused of diverting funds intended for disabled clients to use for themselves.

Dispelling divorce myths

A person who is mulling divorce is likely to ask friends and family for advice about the choices they face. Unfortunately, some family members and friends are likely to pass along divorce myths that might cloud the very real issues and difficult decisions about child custody and property division that need to be made.

In this post on our Lake Charles legal blog, we’re going to take a look at a few of the most popular myths and help to dispel them.

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