First of all, "onerous" is a great word. In Texas, reasonable employment agreements are generally strictly enforced. However, it is impossible for any attorneys on this site to give you meaningful advice without a chance to review the actual terms of the contract. I strongly encourage you to consult with an experienced labor and employment attorney. Allow the attorney to review the situation with you face-to-face, and go over the specific terms of the contract. Then he/she should be able to...
For minor charges, like PI, you can usually just go down to the municipal courts, see the clerk with your docket number, and request a reset. Most Texas courts will grant one or two resets without question.
Non-profit is a corporate designation which governs how a corporation is established and operated. 501(c)(3) is a IRS exemption process which allows non-profit charitable organizations to operate as tax exempt entities, and provide tax incentives to donors and supporters.
I have provided a link, below, to the IRS web page regarding how 501(c)(3) exemption works. However, the 501(c)(3) qualification process is complex. If you intend to incorporate an non-profit company and seek tax...
Disclosing criminal activity on an open forum like this is not advisable.
If you have committed criminal theft, you should discuss it with your employer and try to arrange an agreement to convert the theft to a loan which you can repay or work off, in order to avoid criminal charges.
Have you filed a complaint with the Department of Labor ("DOL") yet? When you have evidence of prohibited retaliation for protected whistle-blowing, the DOL will investigate and, sometimes, prosecute the claim for you. I have provided a link to the DOL's whistle-blower web page below.
Your ability to recover the bonus will depend upon the terms of the written offer you accepted, and any modifications to the terms of your employment following your acceptance. These issues are far too variable and complex to adequately address online. I strongly urge you to consult with an experienced labor/employment attorney to go over the letter agreement and your situation.
My firm would be happy to assist you with this matter if you don't already have a relationship with an...
Under section 91 the Texas Property Code, anyone who rents real estate without a written lease must give notice of termination equal to or exceeding the rental period. You say you pay rent every two weeks. Therefore, your notice period to terminate the lease would be two weeks. I have provided a link, below, to Texas Property Code section 91. Look at section 9.001(c) for termination of rental periods of less than one month.
What you describe is a potential claim under the Texas common law of trade secrets. This area of the law is extremely fact intensive. Every case is different. No attorney is going to be able to give you detailed advice in an online forum like this. You should consult an experienced business attorney. Share all the facts and any documentation with your attorney and allow him/her to advise you.