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Thursday, August 26, 2021

What Will Be Considered During Your Bail Hearing?


After an arrest, there will be many important things that follow that should be handled with great care as they can have significant impacts on your rights. One of those important things will be the bail hearing. At the bail hearing, a judge will decide whether you should be released on bail and, if so, how much bail will be required.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How Are Child Care Expenses Divided After Divorce?


There are many moving parts in a divorce. If there are children involved, there are even more things to consider. Do not let everything distract you from putting plans in place to protect your future wellbeing, particularly your future financial wellbeing and ability to provide for your children.
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Monday, August 23, 2021

What Rights Does a Felon Lose in Texas?


Felonies are the most serious level of criminal offenses here in Texas. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, are considered to be lesser offenses and punishment tends to reflect his in terms of severity. Those facing felony convictions stand to do time in state prison or jail as well as incurring hefty fines.
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Friday, July 23, 2021

Tax Consequences of Divorce


Going through a divorce can be difficult enough in and of itself. To know that you also need to be looking ahead to post-divorce life in order to best protect yourself and your well-being as you start off on a new chapter in your life can be overwhelming. One of the considerations you should be keeping in mind as you navigate the divorce process is that there can be significant tax consequences of divorce.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

What Is Hearsay?


Have you heard of hearsay? Many have as it is an objection commonly proclaimed and featured in legal dramas in films and novels alike. While you may have heard it asserted with conviction on your favorite TV show, what exactly does it mean? Hearsay refers to a prominent rule of evidence and can be important in a criminal trial. We will talk more about it here.
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Monday, July 19, 2021

What Is an Open Adoption?


Adoption has greatly evolved over the years. In the past, closed adoptions were pretty much the norm. A birth parent would place a child up for adoption and ties would, essentially, be severed.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Criminal Appeals Process


Did you know that everyone convicted of a crime in a Texas court is entitled to appeal? The clock on this right, however, begins to tick right away and a person wishing to appeal a conviction only has 30 days from the date of conviction to file the notice of appeal. Should this notice not be filed before the 30-day window has passed, the right to an appeal may be lost.

In the case of a death sentence, the appeal goes to the Court of Criminal Appeals. In all other cases, the appeal will go to the Court of Appeals. The appellate court is tasked with reviewing the record of the case for legal errors that may entitle the defendant to some form of appellate relief.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

If My Former Spouse Files for Bankruptcy, Will I Still Get Alimony?


It is no secret that many financial issues end up paving the way for divorce. Just as common, if not more so, are the financial difficulties people face after divorce. Going from a two-income to a one-income household, having to sustain costs of living on your own, and adjusting to all of this can be very difficult.
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Monday, June 28, 2021

Can a DWI Be Reduced to a Lesser Charge?


Have you been charged with driving while intoxicated in Texas? A DWI charge is a serious matter. Conviction of DWI can mean large fines, a suspended driver’s license, and a criminal record that can jeopardize job and housing prospects. In fact, for a first offense alone, fines can reach up to $2,000.
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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Can I Oppose Divorce?


Way back when, a divorce in Texas would only be granted for certain, specified reasons. To seek a divorce, a spouse had to both allege and prove one such specific reason to get a divorce. Should he or she be unsuccessful in proving the alleged reason for seeking a divorce, then the divorce would be denied.
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Monday, May 24, 2021

The Burden of Proof in Criminal Cases


A burden of proof is a legal standard. It is the legal standard that requires parties to a case to demonstrate that a claim is either valid or invalid, a criminal charge justified or not justified, based on the facts and supporting evidence presented. In order to be successful in proving or disproving a legal claim, a party must meet its burden of proof.
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