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Drunk driving suspect faces weapons charge

Oklahoma police are usually on the alert when they pull a driver over for DUI. With any traffic stop, police are never certain what may transpire or what danger they may face. This may be especially true in the case of drunk driving because alcohol may make a driver less inhibited or more confrontational. One Texas driver recently discovered this when he encountered police after witnesses reported him for driving under the influence.

Police received a call describing a vehicle that may have been operated by an intoxicated driver. When officers noticed a vehicle matching the description allegedly driving 15 mph over the speed limit, they pulled the driver over. The officer claimed he smelled alcohol but reported that the driver denied drinking and evaded requests for a Breathalyzer test. Eventually, the man agreed to field sobriety tests, and police say he admitted to having a gun in his vehicle.

Probate administration isn't always bad but can be avoided

Many people in Oklahoma who are given advice about estate planning are told to avoid probate at any cost. They hear that probate can take months or years, and it is expensive. Planning an estate to avoid probate is preferable to subjecting loved ones to probate administration. However, probate does not have to be as bad as all that. In fact, there are things worse than probate to worry about after a person dies.

Unless one has placed his or her assets into a revocable trust, it is pretty safe to say that the estate will go through probate. Even a will does not protect an estate from the process of probate; however, a will can simplify the process and eliminate many issues that arise from having no plan at all. A will designates an estate administrator, but the courts make that decision for estates with no will.

Were your breath test results inaccurate?

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, chances are very good that you were given a breath test to measure your blood alcohol content indirectly. In many cases, this is the only test given, although it is supposed to be confirmed by a larger unit at the police station after your arrest. Officers have the option to ask for blood or urine as well, but many do not. As a result, there is very often little confirmation of the breath test's accuracy, and that can lead to innocent drivers being accused of DUI.

Estate planning can be an expression of love

Sometimes an expression of love can come in unexpected ways. For many families dealing with the deaths of loved ones, that expression comes in the form of careful estate planning. Nevertheless, financial counselors say that only about 42 percent of people in Oklahoma and across the country have done any kind of preparation for the end of their lives. That number gets even smaller when it comes to parents with children under the age of 18.

Estate planning can start with a simple will, especially for people with children. A will not only simplifies the probate process, but it can also be used to designate guardians for minors. Otherwise, the courts make these decisions, and they may not always be decided according to the parents' wishes.

Drunk driving arrests in Oklahoma now tracked by police

Oklahoma is serious about enforcing DUI laws. To enhance public safety, Oklahoma has enacted hundreds of new drunk driving laws over the past years to make it more difficult for those convicted of impaired driving to repeat their offense. The most recent change involves the tracking of previously convicted drunk drivers and their drinking habits.

The Impaired Driving Elimination Act is a database system that allows police to log and compile data about drunk driving arrests across the state. The IDEA database records the sites of DUI arrests as well as the last known locations where those drivers consumed alcohol. The database allows officers to search for previous arrests related to drug or alcohol impairment and report that information to prosecutors.

Reasons to avoid probate administration

Anyone in Oklahoma who has lost a loved one knows that once the funeral is over, an entirely new struggle often begins. That struggle is the complicated and frustrating world of probate administration. Most people understand that when someone dies without a will, the estate goes through probate. However, probate is required when decedents have left a will, and the process can be time consuming and expensive.

Probate is when the courts determine if a will is valid and appoint a personal representative to administer the estate. That executor is charged with making sure the heirs receive the assets the decedent has stipulated in his or her will. While it sounds like an easy process, it is often complicated by people claiming to be heirs or difficulties valuing the estate.

What happens when you get charged with a DUI?

If a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, there is a good chance that you will face a DUI. If you have never been charged with a DUI, it can be helpful to know what to expect should you get pulled over on the way home from a bar, restaurant or sporting event.

Estate planning includes choosing a reliable trustee

Thinking about the end of one's life is not always easy. Careful consideration is needed for estate planning, and it often involves making difficult decisions. One choice people in Oklahoma have to make is who will act as trustees for their trusts. Making the wrong choice could jeopardize the trust and the future it secures for one's heirs.

A trustee's job is to manage the assets contained in the document, which often includes specific instructions for how those assets are to be held and distributed. Although the trustee may legally hold the title and possession of the trust (and may even be a beneficiary as well), the trustee is not permitted to help him or herself to its funds. The trustee may not even borrow from the trust unless the document includes codicils for that purpose.

Outstanding debt considered during estate planning

When someone in Oklahoma makes the effort to write a will, that person's relatives may be relieved that the estate is prepared for their loved one's eventual death. They may even look forward to receiving a bit of an inheritance from the loved one's estate. However, estate planning is many-faceted, and having a will may be only the beginning. For example, if a loved one dies owing money to creditors, even that small inheritance may be in jeopardy.

Once a loved one dies, a third party usually contacts any heirs mentioned in a will. This may be a lawyer or the executor appointed in the will. However, before any assets can be distributed to heirs, an accounting of estate debts must be made. Those debtors get first priority, and they are typically paid from the estate's assets, such as bank accounts or other liquid assets. Some surveys show that nearly 40 percent of seniors have debt without a plan to pay it off.

Man arrested for drunk driving doing donuts in gravel lot

Alcohol affects everyone in different ways. After a few drinks, the emotions and behaviors of those at a party or in a bar may be radically different from one another. One common result of drinking is that it impairs driving. Drunk driving is often easy for trained police officers to spot. One man accused of driving under the influence may have made himself a little too easy to notice.

Oklahoma police say they were called to a motel parking lot one recent night and witnessed a pickup truck doing donuts in a gravel parking lot next to the property. The officer shined his flashlight on the truck in an attempt to attract the driver's attention. Instead, police say the driver increased his speed and continued to spin his truck in circles. The truck's wheels apparently sprayed gravel onto cars parked nearby. The broken rear windows on two cars were attributed to rocks from the spinning truck.

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