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Lindsay Lohan Sentenced to Jail- the best thing to ever happen to her?

So the verdict is in, as of July 20th Lindsay Lohan will begin her 90 day jail sentence.  Although she had a criminal lawyer by her side, Lindsay Lohan’s defense just didn’t cut it for the judge.

Her criminal defense attorney told the judge that she didn’t think Lohan has been given special treatment, and that they are overlooking what good she has done.  She proceeded to say, that it doesn’t matter why Lindsay started to change her actions, whether it be because she needed to clean up her act because her probation was revoked or for other reasons, the fact is she cleaned up her act.


I am no criminal lawyer, but that to me is a decently ridiculous argument.  In serious situations like this, the logic behind why someone started to clean up their act matters just as much as,  if not more than realizing that you have a problem.  If someone changes their actions just to clear up their record for a probation, than that means that they don’t understand the harm they are doing to their life.  So chances of a relapse or not living a fulfilling live are pretty great.

Lohan’s defense summed it up by telling the judge that she is “generally” in compliance with the program she was dealt having, missed 7 weeks of a 27 week period.  She continued to defend her saying that she thinks Lindsay Lohan complied with a strict program to the best of her ability while still juggling her life and career.

After all was said and done, Lindsay was sentenced to 90 days in Jail followed by an additional 90 days at in-patient rehab.  Although she must be terrified or shook up by the judgment, this is one of those things that could be the best thing that ever happened to her if she lets it be.  Sometimes people need extreme situations to make them stand back take a look, re-evaluate and re-gather themselves to make something of their lives.  Hopefully she can see this as a blessing in disguise and use it as time to really get grounded.

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Eww don’t sneeze on me, I don’t want to catch your divorce!

No really, you need to cover your mouth, my husband would hate it if he know a divorcee sneezed on me. A new study has been done that hints that divorces have a “contagious” nature about them. The study suggests that the chances of an individual getting a divorce increases by 75% when a person’s immediate associates, such as friends, family or co-workers get a divorce. This is an ongoing study from 1948 which is led by Dr. Rose McDermott on more than 12,000 patrons from New England.

If this study seriously holds water, I have one word… wow, no, no two, bloody wow! Is love seriously becoming about being in the fad over being in love? That’s absolute madness.   It would be interesting to see what an divorce attorney would thing about this. None of your friends are getting a divorce, so you have nothing to worry about… right? Well, according to the study you should also be wary of any of your friends friends who are cutting the naught. The study says that when a second degree associate gets a divorce, it increases the chances of a divorce by 1/3.

The “phenomenon” as we can call it is becoming know as “divorce clustering”. Here is a brief recap of this study.

“A person’s tendency to divorce depends not just on his friend’s divorce status, but also extends to his friend’s friend. The full network shows that participants are75 per cent more likely to be divorced if a person—obviously other than their spouse—that they are directly connected to is divorced. The size of the effect for people at two degrees of separation, for example the friend of a friend, is 33 per cent. At three degrees the effect disappears.” (www.dailymail.co.uk)

So what do you think about this whole idea of divorce clustering.

Breath Test Refusal Information

DWIs in Vermont
Burlington DWI lawyers want you to know that driving while intoxicated from alcohol use, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs that impair your driving drive is illegal in all states.  When a police officer suspects you of driving while intoxicated, you will be pulled over and asked to take a series of tests.  It is important to know your rights when asked to take DWI tests since the administration and results can be the difference between a dismissal and a conviction.
How does a police officer know if you are driving while intoxicated?
Well when they see you swerving all over the street, that’s usually a pretty good indicator.  On a serious note, any erratic or aggressive driving is cause for alarm.  The police officer can ask you to stop and step out of the vehicle if you are driving irresponsibly.  Even if he or she smells alcohol on your breath, or sees an opened contained in your vehicle, keep calm and do not admit guilt.  You can provide your name, driver’s license, insurance card, and vehicle registration, but any other questions can go unanswered until you have an attorney present.
Tests for DWI
A field sobriety test and breath test are used by police officers to judge if you have been drinking.  A field sobriety test is administered by the police officer at the scene.  He or she will ask you to perform small physical and cognitive activities.  However, a field sobriety test does not provide a good indication of intoxication.  A subjective police officer, rainy condition, busy road, or other distraction may hamper the result of a field sobriety test.  It is not mandatory to take a field sobriety test.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
BAC is the amount of alcohol that is concentrated in your blood.  BAC can be determined by a breath test, blood, or urine test.  You can be arrested for DWI if the concentration of alcohol in your blood is:
• .08 or higher in drivers over the age of 21;
• .04 or higher in commercial drivers; and
• .02 or higher in drivers 21 years old or younger.
Vermont has an implied consent law which you agreed to when you received your driver’s license.  It means that if a police officer suspects you of DWI, you will submit to a blood, urine, or breath test.  Failure to do so will cause your driver’s license to be suspended for at least six months.  Additional refusals will cause the suspension to drastically increase.  There are many ways that DWI tests can be administered or evaluated incorrectly.  An experienced DWI attorney will make sure every action by the police was conducted lawfully.  The way the laws in Vermont will affect your specific situation may vary.  That’s why it’s always a great idea to reach out to an experienced Vermont DWI lawyer.  Enjoy your 4th of July weekend and drink safely!
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