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Monday, August 19, 2019

An Overview of Drug Courts in Texas

What Are the Benefits of Going Through Drug Court Instead of a Traditional Courtroom?

Drug crimes can result in lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, probation, community service, and other harsh penalties. Sadly, many drug offenders find themselves back in jail after serving their time because they violate probation or are arrested on a repeat drug offense. Further, many courts across the nation are brimming with drug offenders, who are typically non-violent and may have substance abuse issues. Recognizing the need to reduce the prison population and recidivism rates, Texas and other states have developed drug courts. These specialty courts deal with nothing but drug offenders, and they can be beneficial to those charged with a drug crime in the state of Texas.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Divorce and Immigration Status

Will I Lose My Right to Remain in the United States If I Divorce My Spouse?

Divorce can create much stress for any family. Couples going through a divorce may worry about finances, who will remain in the family home, custody matters, alimony, division of assets and much more.  For some couples, there is the added stress of a potential immigration issue. If you are in the United States on a visa that was granted based upon your spouse’s application, you could potentially lose your legal ability to stay in the U.S.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Order Blood Tests on Unconscious DUI Suspects

Under what circumstances can a blood test be ordered on a DUI suspect in Texas?

Recently, the United States Supreme Court ruled that police officers can lawfully order blood tests on unconscious DUI suspects. The ruling came as a surprise as it goes in the face of a previous court ruling that declared blood tests on unconscious suspects can only be ordered with a warrant or exigent circumstances. This important case titled Mitchell v. Wisconsin will have an effect on law enforcement departments across the nation as well as DUI defendants in Texas and elsewhere.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Divorcing a Verbally and Emotionally Abusive Spouse

Is verbal abuse a form of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a serious and sadly common problem in marriages and relationships across the nation.  Across the United States, it is believed that over 10 million people are subjected to a form of domestic violence each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Domestic violence is a factor in a number of divorces in Texas. Domestic violence is traditionally thought of as physical abuse, but it can also encompass verbal and emotional abuse. Our Read more . . .

Monday, July 22, 2019

Collaborative Divorce Requires Setting Egos Aside

What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?

Divorcing spouses will often carry around feelings of hurt and confusion. It can be easy to be swept away by these feelings, fueling a desire for revenge or the need to defeat the other spouse in the divorce.  Before you commit to the litigious route, it is important to consider what litigating your case might cost you, both financially and emotionally. If you are able to set aside the hurt and ego involved in divorce, you may find that you and your ex-spouse can go down the path towards a collaborative divorce.  Our Read more . . .

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Parental Alienation

Divorce can bring out the worst in people. There are hurt feelings and big life changes happening all at once. The consequences of unleashing all of those tough emotions in the wrong way can be devastating, especially when children are involved.
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Child Custody Disputes in Texas

How can parents resolve a child custody dispute?

For parents going through a divorce or unmarried parents that do not live together, child custody is a critical issue that often gives rise to disputes.  Splitting parenting time can be difficult to fathom for any parent. Some parents can simply not agree to a custody plan on their own, necessitating the assistance of outside parties.  Below, our Read more . . .

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Felony Charges

Put simply, a felony is a serious crime. Defined by its punishment, a defendant charged with a felony faces state prison or jail time. This is in contract to misdemeanor crimes which are punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. For a felony, the jail term could be anywhere from 6 months to life. If you are up against felony charges, you are looking at jail time.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

New Technologies Could Make Co-Parenting Easier

How might an app improve your ability to co-parent?

Communication is crucial when you are learning to co-parent.  Many newly divorced or separated parents report that communication can be the most difficult element to achieve so soon after a split.  With tensions running high, finding a way to coordinate schedules, discuss crucial child rearing issues, and delegate parenting responsibilities can be difficult, if not impossible.  Fortunately, today there are some new technologies that could improve your ability to co-parent effectively. Our Midland, Texas
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?

Should I Move Out of the Marital Home During My Divorce?

With a divorce looming, it can be tense to remain living in the marital home with your spouse.  Understandably, one of the spouses will often want to leave the home before the divorce is finalized.  However, moving out of the marital home before the divorce is complete could potentially have implications for your legal rights to the home in the long run.  OurRead more . . .

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bail Reform Legislation

Texas pretrial jailing practices have recently come under fire. There have been a string of critical federal court rulings. Additionally, there have been multiple jail deaths and the murder of a state trooper drawing attention to Texas bail and pretrial jailing practices. Two of the most largely populated counties in Texas have bail practices that have been deemed unconstitutional by federal judges. The federal court rulings held that the bail practices were discriminatory against poor criminal defendants who did not have the means to pay for their release from jail.
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