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August 2017 Archives

Marijuana possession: is it still a crime?

The controversy surrounding marijuana legalization in America has taken the spotlight in regards to attitudes towards the drug as a whole. As for Texas, legalization has yet to take place, yet lawmakers are recently reconsidering the legal penalties for possession. There currently exist a number of penalties and fines for marijuana possession, but the growing number of those incarcerated as a result has caused many to reassess the ways society views the drug, and the crippling costs to support those behind bars for posession.

When divorce turns criminal in Texas: Domestic violence charges

A potential -- and very unfortunate -- consequence of getting divorced is finding out that you have been accused of domestic violence against your spouse. The repercussions of a domestic violence arrest are numerous and long-lasting, affecting not only your parental and custodial rights with your children, but possibly even your freedom.

Can drunk driving charges prevent me from visiting Canada?

If you have been charged with operating a motor vehicle while drunk, you may have many types of questions about the charges and how they could affect your future. Whether you are worried about a prison sentence, losing your ability to drive, or costly fines, these charges can make life hard for people in Houston, and all over Texas. However, you may want to realize that these charges could affect your life in other ways. For example, they may create problems if you plan on visiting Canada.

The one-leg stand test for drunk driving

An important thing for anyone who drives in Texas to understand is what may happen to them if they are stopped by police officers. There are many reasons you might be pulled over ranging from basic speeding to even having a tail light that is out. Once you are stopped, however, a law enforcement officer may well be able to pursue other issues if they feel there is reason. Drunk driving is one of these issues. 

Protective orders: a solution to domestic violence

Violence is an unlawful exercise in every state in America, and can stem from a number of complex situations. Violence often does not stem from any particular cause, and such dangerous behavior in the home can be an even more frightening matter. Thousands of Texas residents report domestic violence each year. Officials encourage victims of domestic violence to report any incident that occurs, and to go forward with legal processes that can protect them and other family members.

Bill in Senate to change bail system

Across the state of Texas, there are many families who have had to scrape together enough money to get a relative out on bail. This is often difficult, and some families are unable to afford the amount set by the court, leaving their family member to stay in jail until their trial or a time when they can get the money. Two Senators are trying to change this system.

DWI and the breath test versus the blood test

Most Texas residents are aware of two primary scientific tests, blood and breath, used by law enforcement as evidence to support a DWI charge. However, what may not be evident is the very different procedural aspects of these two tests and the implications on the laws governing their use.

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