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Drunk driving penalties increase greatly for third offense

When a drunk driving offense in Texas is accompanied by an accident with property damage and/or injuries, the punishment for a conviction is enhanced. Other factors that will increase the penalties for drunk driving are a high blood alcohol content, prior convictions and other miscellaneous considerations. Some of these factors will play into the handling of an arrest for DWI on July 7 in Harris County of a 41-year-old male suspect.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the man for allegedly crashing his car into a house while drunk driving. The vehicle crashed into the front of the home and caused extensive damages, according to authorities. Deputies say that they administered a field sobriety test, which the suspect allegedly failed. The blood alcohol content is unreported, but it could be critical in determining whether the man was actually intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Serious injuries require top protocols for blood transfusions

When someone is seriously injured in a vehicular accident in Texas, personal injury attorneys are skilled in assisting the victim and his or her family in making a claim for monetary damages. A professional, experienced legal advocate is essential to obtaining the maximum monetary recovery available under the circumstances. First, however, where there are serious injuries, the primary focus is on the victim's medical treatment and prospects for physical survival.

While the victim is fighting for his or her life, undergoing emergency surgery, or being put through a battery of diagnostic tests, the victim and family members are going through a very traumatic experience under totally unexpected conditions. Some seriously injured victims do not survive the ordeal. Fortunately, advances in traumatic care happen all the time and are available here in Texas and nationwide to alleviate some of the suffering that has traditionally occurred.

Criminal defense lawyers ready to defend Medicare fraud suspects

Medicare and Medicaid fraud continue to be serious crimes in Texas. They represent not only a drain on federal and state monetary resources, but are also a corrupting influence on others who would like to find a way to make some quick money.  Recently, a federal task force targeted over 590 suspects, including at least 150 from the medical profession. This nationwide Medicare fraud takedown is touted to be the largest healthcare fraud enforcement dragnet in American history. As such, criminal defense attorneys are gearing up to provide necessary defense services to the accused persons.

The FBI in Houston recently arrested 12 people for health care fraud as part of the effort. Medicare theft is a particularly heinous crime because those who are entitled to receive Medicare paid for it during the course of many years of employment. Benefits are often fraudulently confiscated by unscrupulous medical providers who are more interested in monetary possession over the merits of professional health care. Health care providers who participate in these schemes will also bill the Medicare and Medicaid programs for medically unnecessary services or services that were not provided.

Getting a DUI: Boating and your risk of a DUI

Whether you enjoy heading out on the water for a day in the sun or prefer to stay along the coast while you fish, boating is a lot of fun. Many people head out with beers or other alcohol, but that's not always a good idea. If you drink too much, you can still be accused of a DUI and end up with a BUI for boating under the influence.

Boating under the influence can have some of the same harsh penalties as driving under the influence. Here's a little bit about what you should know about a BUI in Texas.

Search and seizure in Texas must be constitutionally compliant

Whenever a search warrant is involved in a police investigation and arrest in Texas, criminal defense counsel must be vigilant from the outset to closely examine all aspects of the alleged determination of probable cause. Every citizen is assured the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure tactics by the police. This often comes up as an issue when the search and seizure relates to an arrest on drug charges.

The San Angelo Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations department recently announced the arrest of a 49-year-old male for possession of methamphetamine in his home. The law enforcement authorities allege that they obtained a search warrant from a justice of the peace. They reportedly executed it on the afternoon of June 11.

Alleged negligent driver kills man on scooter

Intersections in Texas cities are hazardous areas -- especially for those riding motorcycles, bicycles or scooters. These vehicles offer no protection for the riders, and even if a rider wears a helmet, he or she could suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries if struck by a vehicle with a negligent driver. Such was the sad fate of a 42-year-old Dallas scooter rider on a recent Monday.

Authorities reported that a 42-year-old Dallas man entered an intersection in Richardson shortly before 5 p.m. Reportedly, the man was on a scooter, and he was heading south, crossing the intersection on a green light. At that time, an SUV driver, for whom the yellow light was flashing, allegedly turned west without yielding to the scooter rider.

Truck driver has personal injury claim after tragic accident

Texas has numerous highways that have only two or three lanes for all traffic going in both directions. The potential for death and personal injury on these roadways is substantial due to the tendency of some drivers to pass when passing is unsafe. Passing should only be attempted when a driver is absolutely certain that no traffic is coming in the other direction. It should not be attempted where the view ahead is limited due to curves or hills that restrict the scope of a driver's sight. 

Critically, the driver should obey all signs and not attempt to pass in a zone that is marked as a no-passing zone. Despite what may appear to be a safe view ahead, a driver should use an excess of caution in venturing to pass a slower vehicle. When drivers don't follow excessive caution or when they outright violate the posted rules, the chances for tragic consequences are greatly increased.

Child custody court decisions are based on the best interest test

In Texas, child custody is often referred to as a "conservatorship." Texas child custody law contains a presumption that the parents should be granted a joint managing conservatorship. This involves the sharing of equal management and possessory rights in the children and their upbringing. This is essentially the same thing as joint or shared custody concepts that are applied in other states.

Shared or joint custody is the presumed preference in over half of the states at this time. The trend going forward favors the continued expansion of the joint custody preference. Joint custody has taken official preference due to the publication of many studies that have shown that children who have both parents active in their upbringing are generally more mentally and emotionally secure than those who have only one parent engaged in their lives.

A Motion to Revoke Probation: What you need to know

If you're on probation, you know that you have to do everything you can to abide by the law. If you violate the terms of probation, you could end up back in court and be sent to jail, fined or face other penalties.

The reality is that your freedom is at stake as a probationer, so violating probation is a major risk. Still, the court won't automatically revoke probation without just cause, and you will get a chance to explain yourself and the situation. For example, if you're supposed to stay within the state but your son or daughter was hospitalized just outside the state lines, it may be reasonable that you violated the terms of your probation, at least for a short time.

3 dead as wrong-way driver causes truck accidents on I-20

Some interstate highways in Texas are heavily used corridors for a massive volume of truck traffic heading to all points throughout the state and the country. The toll of human life taken each year by truck accidents associated with that high a volume of trucking traffic is great. The most recent disaster occurred on Interstate 20 in the East Texas region, near Smith County, with three lives perishing in the event.

This disaster, however, was not caused by trucking negligence but instead by the operator of a car. That individual entered the highway at 1 a.m. on May 23 going in the wrong direction, i.e., heading eastbound in the westbound lanes. The first confrontation apparently involved an 18-wheeler that tried to avoid a collision with the errant vehicle; instead, the truck went into the median, back into the westbound lanes and was hit by an oncoming truck.

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