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Wisconsin representative to introduce drunk driving bills

You might not know it, but Wisconsin is the only state in the nation where the drunk driving penalty for first time offenders is a ticket rather than jail time. Now, if Representative Jim Ott, a Republican from Mequon, has his way, first time offenders would be forced to appear in court.

What is negligent entrustment?

Negligent entrustment is a legal term used in tort law. It describes the concept that an individual can be held responsible for another person's actions if the individual has provided them with a "dangerous instrumentality" that then caused injury to a third party because of the person's use of the instrumentality. In simpler terms, consider as an example that a friend loans another friend his or her vehicle and the friend driving it causes an accident that harms another person. The friend that loaned the vehicle may then be considered legally responsible for the negligence of the friend that drove the car.

What is Unsecured Debt?

Whether in a news item, an article or a billboard advertisement, you have probably seen the terms secured and unsecured debt in relation to bankruptcy. As a core concept in bankruptcy, the division between secured and unsecured debt is not always as clear as debtors would hope. Depending on your situation, your amount of secured versus unsecured debt can help you choose between a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing.

Three Main Differences Between Chapter 7 And Chapter 13

Millions of Americans file for debt relief through bankruptcy each year. The Bankruptcy Code was written to be a financial safety net for individuals who are facing mounting debt. Whether through job loss, reduction in hours, divorce or medical emergency, financial peril is usually only a few paychecks away. Fortunately, depending on your circumstances, you have numerous legal options.

Getting compensation after a hit and run

If there is one thing worse than a car accident that isn't your fault, it's a hit and run accident that isn't your fault. You may be injured, your passengers could be hurt, and your car may be a mangled mess. Seeing the other driver speed off to avoid charges just makes the whole thing devastating.

17-year-old faces charges after alleged drunk driving crash

A 17-year-old Wisconsin teenager is facing drunk driving charges after a rollover crash on I-43 that occurred on Friday, March 27. In addition to a first offense drunk driving charge, the teenager is also facing multiple charges that include causing bodily harm by reckless driving and operating a car without the owner's consent.

What you should know about hit and runs

Although a hit and run is usually referred to as a type of accident, it is actually the action of the driver when he or she leaves the scene that is considered the true violation. A hit and run violation may involve everything from striking a pedestrian with a vehicle to hitting another vehicle or even striking a fixed object such as a fence or gas pump.

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