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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Violating Probation with a DWI


If you have been convicted of a crime in Texas, it is likely that part of your sentence will include a probationary period. Probation, also known as “community supervision, involves a period of you out in the community that is still monitored by the court through the assignment of a community supervision officer with whom you will need to periodically check in with. During probation, you are required to comply by certain stipulations of your probation, follow established guidelines, and comply with the law. This means that being charged with a Read more . . .


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

What is Deferred Adjudication?


Let’s face it, having a criminal record can make life tough. It can come up and cause problems on your employment applications. It can cause problems on housing applications. Fortunately, if you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you may be eligible for deferred adjudication.

What is Deferred Adjudication?

Deferred adjudication is comparable to court-ordered community supervision, commonly referred to as “probation,” but the person accepts responsibility for a crime without a conviction going on their record.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce


There is really no other way to say it. Divorce is tough. It may be the toughest thing you have to go through. This can be true regardless of how amiable you are with your soon-to-be former spouse. It can be true regardless of how cooperative you both are during the divorce process.
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Monday, September 5, 2022

Is Burglary the Same as Robbery?


There is a lot of legal jargon that is thrown around in conversation, on the news, and elsewhere. Sometimes, it gets all jumbled up and ends up being misused in everyday life. The legal terms “burglary” and “robbery,” for instance, are often used interchangeably. The reality is, however, that they are two separate crimes that are applicable under two different sets of circumstances and a conviction of one will carry a different set of consequences than conviction of the other. Let’s take a look at what burglary and robbery actually are in the legal sense.


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Child Custody Modifications


When child custody arrangements are determined, the court uses the best interest of the child standard as its foundational guidance. The court works hard to consider all the factors that could impact the best interest of the child in establishing child custody arrangements, referred to as “conservatorship,” “possession,” or “access,” in Texas. Sometimes, however, for a variety of reasons, a parent may want to revisit the custody arrangement and make a modification.
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Monday, September 5, 2022

Texas Parenting Plan Requirements


A parenting plan in Texas is a legal document which formally declares the rights and responsibilities of each parent with regard to their shared child. Other states refer to parenting plans as “custody agreements” as the plan itself details things like possession, conservatorship, and even child support. It is often the case that a court will either encourage or require each parent to submit a proposed plan If both parents agree upon a single plan, the judge is likely to accept the plan unless it would run afoul of the best interests of the child. Once a judge includes the parenting plan in a court order, it becomes legally binding and enforceable.

Texas Parenting Plan Requirements

There is certain information that must be included in a Texas parenting plan.
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Monday, July 25, 2022

Challenging Field Sobriety Test Results


If you are being charged with a DUI, some of the prosecution’s evidence may include field sobriety test results from when you were originally pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion of DUI. Testimony as to how you responded to the field sobriety tests can be compelling and help the prosecutor secure a DUI conviction against you. There are, however, several ways to effectively challenge field sobriety test results and, thus, undermine their credibility and the weight they are given in the courtroom.
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Friday, July 22, 2022

Does Texas Recognize Legal Separation?


Sometimes, there comes a point in a marriage when you start discussing divorce or separation. Legally speaking, these are two different things. Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage which begins with either spouse filing a formal petition for divorce with the court.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Serving Divorce Papers in Texas


The first thing to be done after filing for divorce is to serve your soon-to-be former spouse with the divorce papers. While this may seem simple enough, it is critical that service of process properly occur in order for the divorce to proceed as seamlessly as possible. Here are some details you should know about serving divorce papers in Texas.
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Using Forensic Computer Experts in a Divorce


The truth of the matter is that divorce rarely brings out the best in people. It is personal, emotional, and can have significant financial impacts on those involved for years to come. When people are facing such proceedings with these kinds of consequences, there are some unsavory actions they may take.
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Friday, July 15, 2022

Texas Drug Penalty Groups


As a state, Texas takes drug offensive seriously. Penalties for drug-related climbs, including the manufacture and sale of controlled substances, are severe and law enforcement move swiftly to crack down on offenders as do prosecutors. The drug charge a person may face will depend on a number of elements. These elements will involve questions such as, how much of the drug was involved? Was it being manufactured or only delivered? Is this a first Read more . . .


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