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You may face a more serious DUI charge than you think

Any type of criminal charge could have significant and lasting effects on a person's life. However, in some cases, charges could be more severe than others. For instance, you may initially think that the DUI charge brought against you is of the standard variety, only to learn that you actually face an enhanced charge.

How the Social Security Administration deals with divorce

Spouses in Texas and around the country who earn very little may be entitled to receive Social Security retirement benefits based on the incomes earned and the contributions made by their husbands or wives, and these benefits are often still available to them even when their marriages end in a divorce. Divorced spouses are entitled to these benefits if they were married for 10 or more years, have not remarried, and their former spouses are eligible to receive Social Security retirement benefits.

Low-carb diets could fool police breath tests

Many Texas residents who are trying to lose weight follow diets extremely low in carbohydrates. These diets work by depleting the body's glucose stores and prompting it to enter ketosis, which is a metabolic state where the liver burns fat directly to provide the body with energy. While this may be an effective way of shedding excess pounds, studies suggest that it can also fool the roadside breath-testing devices police officers use to determine whether or not motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol.

Income considerations for alimony and child support

When couples in Texas opt to end a marriage, alimony or child support may be part of the settlement agreement. When this is the case, judges generally have some leeway when determining the specific amount to be paid. While there are variations with state laws concerning alimony and child support, courts generally consider certain types of income when making payment determinations.

Ghost warrants pose problems for some citizens

Texas residents can face serious consequences as a result of inaccurate warrants. One man spent an hour in a cruiser after a warrant for a charge dismissed 25 years ago came up in a police database. The same man was taken into custody and jailed in 2014, 2015 and 2017 based on a conviction for writing bad checks in 2006. While his probation period had ended, he still spent months in custody despite the fact that no additional charges were pursued.

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