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Adult age of 18 still allows transfer for violent offenses

Texas is one of the few states that requires a 17-year-old person to be tried as an adult in the state's criminal justice system. Most states designate 18 as the age of adulthood for purposes of prosecution in the adult court. Of course, young people under 18 are always subject to being prosecuted as an adult if they are charged with violent offenses, such as murder.

Divorce, love, finances and kids

For some, the decision to marry is an easy one to make; for others, it is more difficult. The same holds true with the decision to divorce. For some Texas couples who have not been married for a long time or do not have extensive shared finances and other assets, it may be an easy decision. However, when the couple has been married for an extended period of time, there are often children involved and the majority of assets and liabilities are shared. While this can make the process more cumbersome, it is still the best decision in many instances.

Police: Man who saved his fiancee gets felony charge

Sometimes a defendant may be arrested for what appears to be an outlandish reason. When that happens, the defendant may have a strong defense to assert, especially if the dispute is taken to a jury trial for determination. In a recent incident in Montgomery County, Texas, for example, Sheriff's deputies arrested a man on felony gun charges because he shot at two masked men who were attacking and kidnapping his fiancée.

Negligent driver was texting, 13 die from crash into mini-bus

A tragic accident in Texas once again reminds the public that texting and driving is a sure way to increase the chances for loss of life and serious personal injuries. The accident involved the driver of a pickup truck who was reportedly texting and driving for a lengthy stretch on a two-lane road about 75 miles west of San Antonio, according to witnesses. The apparently negligent driver is reported to have gone over the yellow line and struck a mini-bus carrying elder members of a church group.

Can you make temporary support and custody modifications?

You and your spouse split up five years ago. The judge instructed you to pay child support, while your ex got custody of the kids. You still see them a lot and spend time with them on the weekends, and you're happy to pay to help cover the cost of raising them. For five years, everything went well, and you didn't have any problems.

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