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January 2017 Archives

When self-defense turns into an assault charge

If you have ever been the victim of an assault, you may have attempted to defend yourself vociferously against your attacker, using whatever was at hand, including your own feet and fists. Texas has always had liberal gun laws, and the same extends towards the rights of its citizens to defend themselves against criminal aggression. But there are circumstances where a Houston resident can find him- or herself in legal hot water facing assault charges when a self- defense situation went awry.

Understand the signs of domestic violence

When Texas women think of domestic violence, they may initially think about physical abuse. However, there are many kinds of domestic violence. It is important for women to understand what different types of abuse look like so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

Domestic violence and protective orders

Learning that your spouse has filed for a protective order against you in Texas can be a devastating blow, and while the consequences have the potential to destroy your relationship, the legal outcome could be even more damaging. At R. Todd Bennett, P.C., we are aware of the burden of proof required for the issuance of the order, and how our clients may defend themselves.

What happens when your child is charged with opioid possession?

Prescription medications are being abused and misused at a staggering rate by today's youth. While the illegal consumption of prescription medication has been an issue for as long as the government has tried to control their use, abuse and deaths due to overdose have been on the rise for several years. 2016 was the first time in the United States that deaths from heroin, opiates and opioids were higher than deaths due to firearms.

Eyewitness identification: Not always reliable in court

When people in Texas are charged with a violent crime, their case may go to trial before a court-appointed judge or jury. Using their judgement from the evidence presented in the case, the judge or jury ultimately determine the accused offender’s fate. In some cases, there may be eyewitnesses, who give testimony as to what they saw or perceived to have happened during the incident. Many studies show, however, that eyewitness testimonies and identifications are unreliable and they may lead to innocent people being convicted of a crime they did not commit.

3 ways to defend yourself against domestic violence charges

Not all domestic violence cases are the same, and even though men are often assumed to be the offender, it's okay to make sure your attorney and the courts know it was your wife who actually attacked you. There can sometimes be an unfair bias toward seeing women as a weaker sex, but that doesn't mean they can't be the attacker in a situation like yours. Here are a few ways you can move forward and defend yourself.

North Texas “no refusal” operations designed to nab drunk drivers

Law enforcement agencies across North Texas ramped up their efforts to nab drunk drivers in recent weeks, and they called in some help from local courtrooms and hospitals in order to do so. Per CBS DFW, state grants were used to finance what is known as a “no refusal” weekend. In no refusal operations, those who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving can be given a blood test to determine intoxication, even if they refuse to take a breathalyzer or a blood test at the scene.

Gun rights shouldn't be only for the wealthy

Texas is moving closer to setting another standard for personal freedom in the new year with legislation that will increase access to firearms for all people, not only those who pay to play. The Lone Star state's commitment to the right to bear arms will be demonstrated once again, assuming the bill passes, by reducing the fee for a License to Carry to zero.

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