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February 2017 Archives

Child custody battles heat up in several celebrity breakups

The idea that celebrities can settle their domestic disputes in a kinder, gentler way than more typical people has taken a hit in recent months. The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie breakup brought shocking charges that Pitt had been abusive to one or more of their minor children. Lisa Presley and her fourth husband have recently been fighting in an unfriendly manner for child custody of their twin girls. Some of these celebrity battles may be even more contentious than many heated custody cases in Texas and the rest of the country.

Marijuana bill to de-criminalize possession of an ounce or less

A proposed bill has been submitted to the Texas legislature that would lessen the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana down to a fine of $250 and no jail term. Importantly, the bill is apparently being supported by law enforcement agencies in the state. Various current and former police officers testified in Austin in favor of the bill to reduce marijuana penalties and, in effect, decriminalize a small amount for personal use.

Negligent driver crashes into daycare center, injures 7

A miracle was at work in Texas recently when an SUV crashed into a day care facility in Cibolo. The vehicle swept at least five of the children underneath the vehicle, where they were found after it stopped moving. Incredibly, the children will survive with treatable injuries. In the bizarre turn of events, one teacher also ended up under the vehicle with two babies in her arms. Six children were taken to hospitals for treatment, and the apparently negligent driver was also taken for evaluation.

Can my ex-spouse win custody after going through drug rehab?

It's something that custodial parents worry about frequently - an ex-spouse with a raging drug addiction successfully completes a course of drug rehab and decides to pursue custody of the kids. Would the courts really award custody to your former husband or wife, given his or her history of substance abuse?

Man found in judge's yard charged with misdemeanor trespass

Criminal trespass in Texas involves going onto someone else's property without consent. The crime is a misdemeanor under state law. For a conviction, the law requires that the accused must have received effective notice not to trespass. Alternatively, the accused will be found guilty if he or she does not leave the property after being told to do so.

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