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Do you have grounds to contest your breathalyzer results?

Breathalyzers are a such a common part of our everyday experience in America that even if a person has never personally seen one or been subjected to a sobriety test, he or she probably has a fairly good idea what these devices measure and the consequences of failing such a test.

Negligent driver leaves highway, SUV rolls over, 1 child dead

There is a reason why Texas has laws requiring people to keep minors duly restrained in a moving vehicle. For one thing, anyone who is not strapped down may be easily ejected from a vehicle that is involved in a sudden crash or a rollover. That is the tragic result that occurred in a recent fatal accident on FM 1637 near China Spring when the apparently negligent driver of an SUV lost control around a curve and traveled off the road, then rolled over, according to the Texas Department of Safety.

Truck driver negligence leaves 2 dead, 3 injured in massive crash

A massive crash involving five tractor-trailers is a rare event even on the overused highways of Texas. It happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 20 West near Longview, in what appears to be a case of truck driver negligence. The driver of a 2014 semi-trailer crashed into four other semitrailers that were stopped for traffic in the westbound lanes. That driver, a 66-year-old male, and his passenger, a 52-year-old female, both died from their injuries, and were declared dead at the scene by a justice of the peace.

Rent-to-own contracts backfire as renters face felony charges

Consumers who rent furniture and other items in Texas may find themselves unwittingly facing criminal charges if they fail to pay the rental payments. In some cases, this has resulted in gross abuses of the criminal process by arresting consumers on felony theft of services charges, even though they have already paid thousands in rental payments for furniture that is relatively worthless. One woman who rented a bedroom suite worth $2,750 in 2014 thought that the paperwork that she signed gave her ownership rights in the furniture after she paid $3,000.

Service member loses child custody when deployed to Afghanistan

In Texas and elsewhere, child custody can be a difficult right to enforce for active members of the military. One father serving in Afghanistan recently lost custody of his 11-year-old son, who has been living with him and his family for nine years. The child custody court that heard the case nine years ago decided that it was in the best interest of the boy for him to be in the custody of his father. 

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