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DUIs and background investigations for employment

One of the biggest drawbacks of having a drunk driving conviction on your record is the way it can affect your future employability. Texas employers normally are not permitted to discriminate against prospective new-hires, but this isn't the case when someone has a bad mark on his or her criminal record.

Divorce requires early action to preserve monetary funds

There are certain basic rules of money preservation that Texas family law attorneys recommend their clients adopt prior to a divorce filing. One of the first things is to open a bank account in one's name alone. This is to be done transparently by giving one's spouse an accounting of the money put into the new account and how much will be deposited in the future and during the divorce proceedings.

Shared custody requires different calculation for child support

The traditional way that child support is handled in Texas is for the noncustodial parent to pay the custodial parent a certain amount on a monthly basis. This is calculated based on tables published by the state. They consider both parents' income, their expenses and other relevant factors. If the parents do not agree on the amount under the auspices of the county child support department, a hearing is scheduled in front of a family court judge and a support amount is ordered after the presentation of evidence.

Drunk driving with children in vehicle leads to murder charge

A DWI conviction in Texas provides for progressively severe penalties depending on the existence of aggravating factors. Repeated prior convictions will exponentially increase the potential prison sentence. Extremely high blood alcohol readings will also call for increased penalties. When one's drunk driving results in an accident and property damage, this is another aggravating factor. When it results in someone's death, the accused may be charged with criminal homicide in addition to DWI.

Criminal defense counsel views drug arrests for police errors

Drug arrests in Texas must comport with all state and federal constitutional mandates. Whenever there is a drug arrest, criminal defense counsel must investigate the police procedures in detail to evaluate whether any violations occurred. In a recent arrest of five people in Bowie County, these principles will be important to determine whether any of the accused persons has a viable defense to the drug charges filed by the authorities.

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