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Seek a Qualified Attorney for a Probation Violation Hearing

Breaking the terms of your probation can cause dire consequences. Depending on the probation violation, you could end up with jail time, prison time, fines, extended probation or more. Seeking the counsel and representation of a lawyer may help you when you have to appear in court. There are a number of ways a qualified attorney can help your situation. The last thing you want to do is appear in court alone.

Bail decisions and racial bias in the courtroom

In Texas and across the country, black defendants may be at a disadvantage when seeking bail in criminal cases, especially if the results of a recent study can be generalized nationally. One study conducted in Miami and Philadelphia showed that both white and black bail judges showed bias against black defendants when setting bail in these cases. According to the study, conducted by researchers from Princeton and Harvard, black defendants were more likely to be detained awaiting hearings or trial than white defendants by 2.4 percentage points.

In addition, the average cash bail amount for black defendants was a full $7,281 higher than the average amount for white defendants. The study mirrors earlier results indicating that the metrics used by bail judges to determine whether to award bail and the amount to set can rely on racial stereotypes and prejudices about danger rather than the facts of the case. The study's analysis showed that the white defendants given bail were far more likely than the black defendants to be re-arrested after being released.

How money issues lead to divorce

Money is one of the common reasons why couples in Texas and throughout the country choose to get divorced. When couples have little or no savings, an emergency situation could send them into a panic. The increased tension in the relationship may then serve as a catalyst for divorce. By establishing an emergency fund, it can be easier to handle emergencies without having it lead to a conflict.

Those who are in a marriage should not keep financial secrets from their partners. However, if a partner finds out about that secret, it could serve to erode the trust in the relationship. Therefore, married individuals should work on ways to be forthright with their spouses when it comes to finances. Of course, this may be difficult to do if there is little or no communication within the relationship. Ideally, married couples will come together at regular intervals to discuss money matters.

What evidence may be gathered during a DWI stop?

In any criminal case, evidence plays a major role in whether a person could potentially face a conviction for charges. As a result, the evidence can also help you determine your best routes for creating a criminal defense against charges that brought against you. Even if you feel the allegations pertain to a relatively minor offense, like misdemeanor DWI, you should still take your situation seriously.

Any conviction for DWI can have major impacts on your future, whether in your personal life or in relation to your career. Therefore, it may help you to understand the different types of evidence that an officer may submit as reason for charging you with driving while intoxicated.

Dealers and acquaintances being charged in fatal overdoses

Texas residents may be interested to learn that some states are beginning to prosecute individuals who are believed to be associated with a fatal overdose. These drug-induced homicide laws essentially put the blame for a person's fatal overdose on the drug dealer or even friends or acquaintances who might have provided the deceased person with the drugs.

One 39-year-old woman in Philadelphia was facing charges after she provided her neighbor with heroin. Unbeknownst to either the woman or the neighbor, the heroin had been laced with fentanyl, a drug that can be deadly. The woman turned herself in to authorities after the neighbor's wife found him dead of overdose. Even though the Philadelphia woman was a drug user herself and had just obtained the heroin as a favor for the neighbor, she was ultimately charged with third-degree murder.

Getting a divorce can have an impact on retirement wealth

When Texas couples get divorced, the marital assets that they have spent years obtaining will be split. Furthermore, those assets, which often include financial assets, must now cover two full households instead of one single household. Depending on the ages of the individuals getting a divorce, splitting assets can have a major impact on how long those assets will last when it is time to retire.

However, single women who go through a divorce are generally better off going into retirement compared to women who never got married. This is often due to the fact that many wives are given the family home in the divorce, especially if they are given primary custody of the children. While the children are generally expensive to raise, ex-wives can also tap into their home's equity.

Texas Republican Party supports marijuana legalization

Four positions approved by delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention deal with the decriminalization of marijuana. These platform planks, which were approved on June 16, follow an endorsement of marijuana legalization by the Democratic Party of New York in May.

One position calls for making possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults a civil instead of a criminal offense. There would be no jail time and a fine of no more than $100. A second said cannabis should no longer be a Schedule 1 drug. Another requests expansion of a state law dealing with low-THC medical cannabis extracts. Delegates also approved a position stating that hemp should be considered a valuable agricultural product. These are all now the state party's official positions. In 2016, the party also approved positions supporting hemp and expanding medical cannabis. President Trump has said he supports allowing states to make their own laws about legalizing marijuana while U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is supported by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in legislation to legalize hemp.

FAQs About Discrimination Cases

Facing discrimination in the workplace is an awful experience on so many levels. From trying to prove your grounds to fighting your case, it can feel like an uphill battle. The best thing you can do for yourself and future employees is turn to a discrimination lawyer. A lawyer will help you understand your rights, provide excellent representation, and help you prove your case. We have a few FAQs listed here to help you understand more about filing a discrimination case.

What happens when the other parent tricks the system?

Many Texas custodial parents depend on child support payments to meet the needs of their children. However, with almost half of parents nationwide receiving partial or no child support payments, many parents find themselves struggling to meet those needs. In some cases, the partial or non-existent payments are a result of voluntary impoverishment.

Voluntary impoverishment is a term used when a person voluntarily earns less money than what they could actually be earning or when they report earning less money than they actually earn in order to trick the system and pay lower child support payments. In an economy where people often work freelance, some non-custodial parents might choose to work and get paid under the table so as not to report their actual earnings, resulting in a lower amount of child support being awarded to the custodial parent. In such cases, the custodial parent does have some options to attempt to receive the right amount of support.

Are child support and custody orders set in stone?

While going through the divorce process, you accepted terms regarding your children and financial support for them that you thought were reasonable at the time. Well, time has passed and now you feel that your child support and custody terms are not working out as well as you thought they would. Are support and custody orders set in stone or do Texas laws allow for order modifications?

Truth be told, no, these orders are not set in stone. Modification is possible. Getting order adjustments is not necessarily easy, though.

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