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2 charged with assault, other charges after Connecticut robbery

When a crime occurs in a Connecticut community, police are often eager to find someone to blame. This may be especially true when the the victim of a crime is an elderly person. In fact, two people are now accused of assault, among other charges, following an alleged robbery at a motel.

The incident is said to have happened just before 10 p.m. on a day in mid-May. According to reports, a 51-year-old man told the clerk of a hotel that a microwave was not working, prompting the latter to leave a back room and enter the lobby. Reports claim the man grabbed the worker and pointed a gun. The clerk reportedly fought back but was struck in the face by the man, resulting in the loss of consciousness.

Speed-related accidents are revving up

Faster is always better. Right? That is what most motor vehicle commercials would like you to believe. That is also extremely far from the truth. Speed-related car accidents are an increasing problem, putting you and everyone else in Connecticut at risk for serious injury or even death. The question is who is to blame for the rising rates of speeding drivers and deadly car wrecks.

You might be wondering if car companies and manufacturers are behind the increase in these speed-related collisions. While the "need for speed" attitude that these companies display might seem like enough of an explanation, it is not the only reason. It seems as though lawmakers across the country are the driving force behind this deadly trend.

Did a charge for reckless driving catch you by surprise?

While driving is an enjoyable activity for many Connecticut residents, it is also an activity that could land you in trouble. You may travel over the speed limit and risk a ticket or carry out other actions that could result in an officer conducting a traffic stop. Of course, some driver maneuvers are considered more dangerous than others.

If an officer believes that you conducted a particularly risky action while behind the wheel of a vehicle, you could find yourself charged with reckless driving. This accusation is more serious than simply receiving a citation for traveling a few miles over the speed limit.

Fatal Connecticut car accident remains under investigation

The unexpected death of a loved one is always difficult news. When that loss comes as a result of a preventable car accident, that sense of loss if often compounded. Unfortunately, a family in Connecticut is likely still adjusting to the loss of one of their loved ones as police work to determine the cause of the accident that resulted in his death.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. on a day in early May. According to reports, the local police department received several calls about an accident involving a pickup truck and a sedan. The two motor vehicles reportedly collided, causing the pick-up truck to strike the home.

Safety tip refreshers valuable to drivers of all ages

You may enjoy driving and likely consider it second nature. However, it is important to remember that driving is not an activity that you can do without paying full attention and thinking about each action you take. After all, a number of other drivers may not take safety precautions, and you can only control your behaviors and not theirs.

Whether you have concerns for young drivers in your family or you simply want to remain a safe driver even with your years of experience, certain actions could help you keep safety a top priority while behind the wheel.

How is spousal support determined?

Marriages end for all different kinds of reasons. There are several matters that a divorce agreement can outline, including how the former couple will divide up any shared assets, arrangements for child custody and spousal support. Spousal support, if needed, is determined by several factors here in Connecticut.

Though every state has its own requirements for determining the amount of spousal support to be awarded, if any, there are some basic guidelines that apply in most cases. The court will look at the needs of the spouse who would receive the support in comparison to the paying spouse's income level and means of making payments. The time that the two people have been married is also taken into consideration, along with the type of lifestyle they maintained, whether the couple had children and the age and health levels of each spouse. A divorce can greatly affect the income level of a spouse who did not make as much money as the other spouse, and spousal support is intended to offset that.

Medical malpractice lawsuit seeks damages due to misdiagnosis

The human body is a complex structure with all parts working together. As such, it may be difficult to determine what part is actually malfunctioning based on a Connecticut patient's symptoms alone, making it necessary for health care providers to perform appropriate diagnostic tests. Unfortunately, parents in another state claim in a medical malpractice lawsuit that a doctor's failure to do so resulted in the removal of their young son's testicle.

Court papers indicate that the child's mother took her soon to the emergency room in June 2016. He was reportedly suffering from testicular pain. However, she claims that the doctor who examined the boy diagnosed him with constipation without looking at the testicle.

I'm facing a DUI charge; can I get into the AE program?

When facing a DUI charge, the consequences associated with a conviction can be rather frightening, especially to a first-time offender. No one wants to go to jail, no one wants to pay insane fines, and no one wants to lose their driving privileges; however, all of these are possible penalties if you ultimately receive a conviction. There is a program available in Connecticut for some DUI offenders that may help them avoid significant consequences. It is the AE program. Who is it for and what is its purpose?

The Alcohol Education program is an alternative to criminal trial. The state understands that not all DUI offenders need or will benefit from jail time. Some people would benefit from rehabilitation, and that is what the AE program offers.

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