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  • US Supreme Court ruling catches up with Texas in Juvenile law

    Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States decided J.D.B. v. North Carolina, No. 09-11121, 564 U.S. ___ (2011). J.D.B., a 13-year-old seventh-grade student, was taken from his classroom to a closed-door conference room where he was questioned by two police officers and t...

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  • The payment or not of child support does not affect possession to children under an order

    May a divorce decree or order on a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship condition a parents visitation on the payment of child support? Or may a child support obligor condition his payment of child support on the obligee parent providing access to the child? No, such co...

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  • When is it appropriate to award spousal maintenance in a divorce suit?

    How much maintenance is appropriate? For how long after the divorce should the payments continue? The Fifth Court of Appeals recently explored these issues in Tellez v. Tellez, No. 05-09-01139-CV (Tex. App.Dallas July 12, 2011). There, the ex-wife appealed the final decree of di...

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  • Common Mistakes when dealing with law enforcement

    One of the things I want to do with blog is highlight for people some of the most common mistakes people make in dealing with the police. Were going to cover two of them today, lying the police, and consenting to a search. As a criminal defense attorney, the most I can ever ask o...

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  • Classifications and Range of Punishment for DWI Conviction

    DWI, 1st Offense: Class B Misdemeanor in Texas Fine - A fine not to exceed $2,000. Jail - Confinement in the County Jail for a term of not less the 72 hours nor more that six (6) months. Open Container - If there was an open container of alcohol in your car when arrested, the...

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  • When writing a will use a professional..

    Though Texas law allows a person to make a holographic willa will written entirely in the testators own handwriting, see Tex. Prob. Code 60a will drafted by a layperson may not speak with the necessary clarity and authority that would permit a court to honor the testators wish...

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  • Sexting among teenagers now criminalized

    Amendments to the Texas Penal Code will take effect on September 1st criminalizing what appears to be a recent hobby among teenagers. Sexting has been defined as teenagers sending nude photos of themselves and others, Aman Batheja, Prosecutors Find Glitches in Human Trafficking...

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