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Navigating Texas Animal Code Violations

Navigating Texas Animal Code Violations

Your Responsibilities   Animals, whether pets or not, have the potential to harm us. Accordingly, Texas strictly regulates the care and control of animals to ensure public safety. When people violate certain animal codes, they can face criminal penalties. If you own animals, you should learn about your rights and responsibilities under law to minimize the chance of negative consequences due to mishandling. One of the most common examples of Texas animal code violations is the improper handling of vicious dogs.   Stories of dangerous dogs whose owners did not properly secure them often make the front page of the news. Dogs, in particular,...

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Texas Commercial Driver’s Licenses: Special Considerations

Texas Commercial Driver’s Licenses: Special Considerations

Your Livelihood On the Line   If you rely on your commercial driver’s license to make a living, protecting that license should be a top priority. When something threatens your commercial driver’s license (CDL), it’s essential you jump into action immediately to fully exercise your rights regarding your driving privileges. Otherwise, you risk losing your CDL and your job.   Disqualifying Offenses   The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can disqualify your CDL temporarily or permanently for a number of offenses, including traffic violations. For example, the DPS will disqualify your CDL for:   60 days if convicted of two serious traffic violations (such as reckless...

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5 Unexpected Consequences of a Texas Family Violence Conviction

5 Unexpected Consequences of a Texas Family Violence Conviction

The Aftermath of a Texas Family Violence Conviction   A Texas family violence (domestic violence is interchangeable with family violence in Texas courts) conviction can have serious and lasting consequences. These cases are always worth fighting because a single conviction can result in harsh penalties, including potential jail time and fines. But Texas family violence convictions are unique in that they trigger a number of consequences you might not expect. Here are five unexpected consequences of a Texas family violence conviction.   Denial of Texas Hunting and Fishing Licenses   If convicted of a family violence offense, the State of Texas may deny you hunting and...

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The Benefits of DWI Trials in Texas

The Benefits of DWI Trials in Texas

How to Handle Your Texas DWI Case   When facing DWI charges, it can be difficult to know where to start and who to turn to. Speaking with an attorney should give you an idea of your options, but not all Texas DWI attorneys have the same approach to DWI defense. Some focus on obtaining plea deals and may pressure you to plead guilty for a reduced sentence. Others take a more aggressive approach and prefer to try every case.   In reality, every DWI case is different, but there are clear benefits to DWI trials. Find an attorney who will explain all your...

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How to Overturn a Jailhouse Plea Within 10 Days

How to Overturn a Jailhouse Plea Within 10 Days

A Dire Situation   Most people who are put in jail are desperate to get out. Jail keeps you from fulfilling your normal responsibilities like going to work and taking care of your family. It’s easy to make hasty decisions when your freedom is on the line. Many defendants plead guilty to crimes prematurely in order to secure their freedom. But many quickly regret the mistake they made. Fortunately, Texas law provides defendants a way to withdraw their plea in certain situations.   The Jailhouse Plea   Defendants who are put in jail for a Class C misdemeanor, or on warrant for a Class C offense,...

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Jail Release: How to Get Out of Jail Fast in Texas

Jail Release: How to Get Out of Jail Fast in Texas

An Unexpected Arrest   Being booked into jail can be a stressful and anxiety-ridden experience for anyone. Most people taken to jail after an arrest have jobs they need to get to and families to take care of. Understandably, one of the biggest concerns for those in jail is getting out as quickly as possible. Fortunately, our firm has put together this list of steps you can take to get out of jail fast in Texas.   What Is Bail?   In most cases, the process for jail release after an arrest is relatively simple. A seasoned attorney should be able to get you out of...

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Bond Reduction: Exploring Your Options

Bond Reduction: Exploring Your Options

A Fair Amount   Bail is the money you pay the court to be released from custody after an arrest. Typically, in misdemeanor cases, if you can post bail (i.e. pay your bail) you can go free. But not everyone can afford to pay exorbitant bail amounts. Judges have a wide amount of discretion when setting bail. Often they set the bail based on the facts at hand alone, before considering the defendant’s ability to pay. In these cases, it’s crucial you have an attorney help you.   Exploring Your Bond Reduction Options   The most ideal outcome is for an attorney to get you released...

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How a Texas Traffic Ticket Can Lead to an Arrest

How a Texas Traffic Ticket Can Lead to an Arrest

An Escalating Situation   Many Texas traffic tickets are Class C misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of up to $500. But if you don’t pay the fine, you could face even more legal trouble. In fact, failing to pay your fine could lead to an arrest and even another criminal charge.   Fulfilling Your Obligation   If you signed your ticket, you made a promise to show up at your court date. If you don’t appear in court, the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. The judge can charge you with failure to appear and can fine you even more. And if the judge...

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The High Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas

The High Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas

A Favorable Alternative? Perhaps Not   First-time misdemeanor offenders are sometimes given community supervision (i.e. probation). Typically, misdemeanor probation takes the place of incarceration. But probationers (the people on probation) must adhere to a litany of restrictions and regulations. Oftentimes, the costs of misdemeanor probation are high. If you are facing criminal charges, you should carefully consider these costs before accepting community supervision. To help you make an informed decision, we’ll go over some of the costs of misdemeanor probation.   The Costs of Misdemeanor Probation in Texas   Many people mistakenly think probation is easy. In reality, probation can disrupt your life significantly. Terms of...

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